Online Shakespeare resources


Are you looking for resources on Shakespeare that you can access online?

Here are some suggestions:

  • Check out the ebooks available through the Library Catalogue. You can refine this list by using the ‘subject’ list on the left hand side.
  • Use Box of Broadcasts to access the BBC Shakespeare Archive with content dating back to the 1950s. Fondly known as ‘BoB’ this excellent resource includes the following options:
    • Links to broadcasts or clips can be embedded into presentations, or embedded into Canvas.
    • Advanced search: It’s possible to search BoB by subject or program as well as by date e.g. it’s possible to see everything broadcast from a date in time.
    • Clips and notes: You can use slider bars on a broadcast to create clips and write annotations on those clips. It’s possible to put these clips into a compilation. No extra software is needed.
    • Playlists: Tutors can create playlists, with annotations, and make these available publicly, to a cohort, or keep them private in a workspace. There are over 80,000 publicly available playlists, and it’s possible to search these by curator, keyword, or institution. Playlists can include programs, individual broadcasts, clips or clip compilations.
    • Transcripts: BoB also offers transcripts, which would be helpful for accessibility, language comprehension, quoting for essays, as well as scriptwriting. Transcripts are fully searchable by keyword.
  • Go to Project Gutenberg if you need the text of any of his plays.
  • See what journal articles Library Search (previously known as ‘Discover’) has to offer you. You can tailor your search depending what focus you are taking for your research.
  • Dance in Video has dance resources about Shakespeare – when you log in, enter ‘Shakespeare’ into the search box. It contains five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

If you have any queries about using these resources, just get in touch via LibraryTalk.

Happy exploring and reading!

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