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Shakespeare


Study Guides | Plays | Biography | Elizabethan England | Sonnets

STUDY GUIDES

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ONLINE ARTICLES & DATABASES

Access online articles and databases from the comfort of your home by logging on with your library card number and password.

eLibrary Canada Click on 'Bookcarts' on the top navigation bar. Click 'Shakespeare - Plays'. You can read the play and get explanations about the plot in eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type "Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism Interpretation" in the search box in EBSCO MasterFILE.

WEBSITES

Spark Notes: No Fear Shakespeare
SparkNotes’ “No Fear Shakespeare” has a guide for twenty different Shakespeare plays. You can find the original Shakespearean play next to a modern English translation. You can also take out the print version at the library!

Shakespeare: Plays and Sonnets
Find summaries, character and plot analysis, themes and links to other great resources for Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Crash Course: Literature
YouTube video's explaining what you need to know about what you are reading!

CliffsNotes: Shakespeare
Users can access summaries and study help on Shakspeare’s plays and sonnets for free.

Absolute Shakespeare
Absolute Shakespeare provides study guides to some of Shakespeare’s plays. Links to the study guides can be found on the right-hand side of the home page, and include plot summaries, commentary, information about and analysis of characters, and essays on the different plays.

Shakespeare's Plays
Shakespeare-online has study guides as well as essays on such topics as Shakespeare’s influence on other writers and famous farewells in his plays.

ShakespeareHelp
Shakespeare Help has resources for many of Shakespeare’s plays. Each available play has its own page with links to study guides, youtube videos of performances, quizzes, and articles about film and stage productions.


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PLAYS

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ONLINE ARTICLES & DATABASES

Access online articles and databases from the comfort of your home by logging on with your library card number and password.

eLibrary Canada Click on 'Bookcarts' on the top navigation bar to view articles on William Shakespeare with eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type "Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616" in the search box and browse the many articles with EBSCO MasterFILE.

WEBSITES

See the Study Guide section above to find out what Shakespeare's plays are all about!

Romeo & Juliet: Interactive
Forgot your copy of Romeo & Juliet at school? Don't know the meaning of 'choler'? Check out this site and read the play online! Difficult words are also highlighted and when clicked a definition pops up.

CliffsNotes: Shakespeare Central
Find all you need to know about William Shakespeare and his works.

Project Gutenberg
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Shakespeare's Plays
Absolute Shakespeare provides all of Shakespeare’s plays as transcribed from The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (edited by W.J. Craig, Oxford University Press 1908). The plays are divided into comedies, tragedies, and histories.

Drama: Free eBooks
Forgot your copy of Hamlet at school? Read it, and other Shakespeare plays, online for free!

The Plays and Poems
The University of Victoria's site is dedicated to William Shakespeare, and in the “Library” section of that site you can access Shakespeare’s plays and poems.

Shakespeare's Plays
Shakespeare Online has links to Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories.

Complete List of Shakespeare's Plays, by Genre
Presents the text of Shakespeare’s plays organized by genre and has a list of the characters found in each play which are all linked to pages containing every single line that character has.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
M.I.T.’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare has all of Shakespeare’s plays broken down into three major categories: comedies, tragedies, and histories. You can view each play act by act, or with the entire play on screen at once.

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BIOGRAPHY

BOOKS & DVDS


ARTICLES AND DATABASES

Access online articles from the comfort of your home by logging on with your library card number and password.

eLibrary Canada Click on 'Bookcarts' on the top navigation bar to view articles on William Shakespeare with eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type "Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616" in the search box and browse the many articles with EBSCO MasterFILE.

Salem History Type "Shakespeare" or keywords related to your topic in the search box in the Salem History database.

Gale Literary Index Search for literary criticism through the Gale Literary Index. Use this index to find articles & essays on your topic. The books can be found and used only in the library. The following titles are available:Twentieth Century Literary Index (TCLC), Poetry Criticism (PC), Short Story Criticism (SSC) and Shakespearean Criticism (SC).

WEBSITES

Shakespeare Resource Center
The Shakespeare Resource Center’s page on Shakespeare’s biography is easy to read, and provides a list of resources on Shakespeare's life and times.

CliffsNotes: Shakespeare Central
Find all you need to know about William Shakespeare and his works.

The Seven Ages of Shakespeare's Life
Broken down into seven stages of life: childhood, schooling, youth, success, maturity, his last years in London, and retirement.

Outline of Shakespeare's Life
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has put together an informative site that has information and images taken from their own collection. The biographical section gives a brief overview of Shakespeare’s life, from his birthplace to his last years in Stratford.

A Brief History of William Shakespeare's Life
A brief description of Shakespeare's life in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.


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ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

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eLibrary Canada Click on 'Bookcarts' on the top navigation bar to view articles on the Tudors, Elizabethan England and the Reformation with eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type "Great Britain History Elizabeth, 1558-1603" or "Great Britain History Tudors, 1485-1603" in the search box and browse the many articles in EBSCO MasterFILE.

Salem History Type "elizabethan england" or keywords related to your topic in the search box in the Salem History database.

WEBSITES

Shakespeare Resource Center
Offers an introduction to Elizabethan England and has links to other websites that have information about what the political and daily life was like in the Elizabethan era.

BBC - History: Tudors
Provides information on Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare, and daily life in Tudor England.

Life in Elizabethan England: A compendium of Common Knowledge
While this particular cornucopia of information about what life was like in Take a peek into the nature of daily life at this point in history.

Elizabethan England
Covers many different aspects of life during the Elizabethan period. It discusses important political and historical figures, art and architecture, everyday life, and, of course, Shakespeare.


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SONNETS

BOOKS & DVDS


ONLINE ARTICLES & DATABASES

Access online articles and databases from the comfort of your home by logging on with your library card number and password.

eLibrary Canada Click on 'Bookcarts' on the top navigation bar to view articles on William Shakespeare with eLibrary Canada.

EBSCO host Type "Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616" in the search box and browse the many articles with EBSCO MasterFILE.

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An analysis of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Sonnet Paraphrase in Modern English
Shakespeare Online presents all of Shakespeare’s sonnets in numerical order along with an analysis of each sonnet.

CliffsNotes: Shakespeare Central
Find all you need to know about William Shakespeare and his works.

Shakespeare's Sonnets
Absolute Shakespeare divides the sonnets into six groups by numerical order.

Shakespeare: Plays and Sonnets
Find summaries, character and plot analysis, themes and links to other great resources for Shakespeare's plays and sonnets.

Shakespeare's Complete Sonnets
Open Source Shakespeare allows you to navigate the sonnets with some interesting search features: you can view two different sonnets side by side, look at a range of sonnets at once, view all the sonnets at once, or view each sonnet individually.

Shakespeare's Sonnets E-texts
Gradesaver.com presents all 154 of Shakespeare’s sonnets in etext form.

William Shakespeare - Complete Sonnets
Poet’s corner, a great resource for all things poetry, has all of Shakespeare’s sonnets divided into groups numerically.