Shakespeare on the Web
Compiled by Prof. Mike Petersen

Introductory/General Sites:

Surfing with the Bard is an introduction to Shakespeare for students. Included are sections on the poetry and unusual word arrangements, omissions and unusual words, a Shakespeare glossary, an interesting method of thoroughly understanding the plays through the use of a reading log (including a sample), another section that discusses and lists Shakespeare’s plays on film and which gives students advice on how to watch these films, and a final section that provides links to links to links. Also in this last section is a link to the next website, Shakespeare High’s Cafeteria.

The Shakespeare Classroom has many, many helpful links for students. Although its original audience was intended to be advanced high-school and undergraduate college students, Doctor Massi recognizes that many other students as well as teachers have found the site useful. A sampling of info on the site: study questions for Shakespeare's plays, answers to frequently asked questions about Shakespeare, the filmed versions of Shakespeare's plays, photos, the Shakespeare Authorship Web Site, the Shakespeare Web, Shakespeare Showcase, Webspeare, Shakespearean Insult Service, Shakespeare's Monologues, and much more.

All Shakespeare is a useful, all-purpose site devoted to helping students with Shakespeare. One caveat: it has essays available that students can "examine."

This is Encyclopedia Britannica’s web site for students studying Shakespeare. It has a few activities, but they are actually tidbits of information designed to further engage students in the world of Shakespeare. It is of limited usefulness, but what it has is interesting. Clicking on the "Return to Shakespeare and the Globe Web site" will bring you to Encyclopedia Britannica’s other information on Shakespeare.

Shakespeare On-line is another good, all-purpose site for students studying Shakespeare. Many, many links to things both fun and useful.

The Shakespeare Resource Center is yet another very useful site for Shakespeare students.

Miscellaneous Sites:

The Shakespeare High Cafeteria is a web board for students (and others), a place they can discuss Shakespeare’s works (or just chit chat) with other students, ask questions, learn about recent Shakespeare news, share their creative writing, talk about performances they have seen, and so forth. There are many interesting conversations going on. For example see in the "Chit Chat" section: "Did any sort of insest (sic) occur in HAMLET?" OVER>>>>>

Lynch Multimedia: Shakespeare has simplified versions of a few of the plays. The (questionable) idea is that young children can more easily become interested in Shakespeare through a simpler retelling of stories. An option that sounds promising is the "adaptation/audio," but it is not yet up and running.

The Shakespearean Homework Helper is apparently still under construction, but it may turn out to be a good site. In the mean time, it has an "Ask a Question" option where students can email the webmaster a question, and it will be answered, presumably for free (see next entry).

Ask Shakespeare! With Anne Occhiogrosso. I love this site. You can ask this woman any question about Shakespeare that you want! And for only $50.00 a year!

PBS: The Shakespeare Mystery is a website devoted to the authorship question, an issue that invariably fascinates some of my students.

Track Star is a teacher/student search engine. In it, you can "find a track" or "make a track." For example, you can find a wide variety of information about learning Shakespeare by doing a keyword search for "Shakespeare." The "Themes and Standards Search" allows you to modify your search according to subject matter and grade level, although you cannot search specifically for "Shakespeare" at this level.

Literature Resources for the High School and College Student is one of the best sources of information about literature on the web. It has nearly everything you could want. It is indispensable for any high school or college student.

This site, We’re Making Macbeth: Teaching Shakespeare to Children, was made in the Alternative Shakespeare course at the University of Sheffield, whose students taught Macbeth to children at Nether Green School.

Internet Shakespeare Editions is useful for high school and especially college students. It has a good links page, and it also has Quarto and Folio editions of the plays.

The Plays of William Shakespeare is a play search engine/concordance that helps students find certain words in their context for analysis and comparison. Each play has its own separate search engine, which can be useful, but also restrictive if you want to search in more than one text at a time.

Shakespeare Illustrated is a great site. One can go to an alphabetical listing of the plays, and then click on a variety of pictures of scenes from the play. It allows students to see numerous visual interpretations of the characters.

10 Recommended Sites for Researching Shakespeare

  1. First Search/World Cat

    Available through NIU's Library site so I recommend, for now, using the links on the NIU main page. While this is a subscription service, many schools and universities enroll so that their students are able to access the near limitless resources. Depending on local tradition, you may not even have to be affiliated to the University to receive access. Purdue University, which directly funds its' computer labs with taxpayer money, allows taxpayers to also use these tools. The best thing about First Search/World Cat is that it includes plenty of full-text articles, meaning that you no longer simply locate an article one place and have to find it another but you have both on the screen in front of you.
  2. Luminarium

    This site claims to be "one of the finest collections of classical literary criticism on the Internet (1350 to 1660 A.D.)." The editor, although not named, claims that their facts are double-checked through the Norton Anthologies. The site features a wealth of information including partial bibliographies, biographical sketches, artwork, etc. This site is the most visually pleasing of the sites and separates the information by into three collections, Medieval, Renaissance, and Seventeenth Century. Within each classification are listings of recommended sources, a wide variety of authors to choose from, and collections of essays which are available in their full-text form on-line.
  3. World Shakespeare Bibliography

    This site earned inclusion because it serves as an example of what every resource site needs to be. The website is updated on an annual basis and is based on the print version of Shakespeare Quarterly. One of the more important benefits of the site is the way in which the information is divided. Those divisions are general Shakespeare studies and studies of particular works. This saves researchers a great deal of time if they are attempting an in-depth study of a work or two. The site collects data internationally and spans various materials like books, journals, pamphlets, movies, etc. The archive to this site is very impressive as it compiles the data from the previous issues. This site is forever growing in the amount of data which it includes and is perhaps the most respected of all the Shakespeare bibliographies.
  4. Literature Online (LION)

    Available through NIU's Library site, so, for now, I recommend using the links on NIU's main page to get there. LION is a subscription service which is used by many American universities as a database for their libraries. This database focuses on a genre that is greatly overlooked by Internet sources, poetry. The database here consists mainly of full-texts of poetry available between the years of 1100-1900. The database contains nearly 250,000 full-text poems. The search engine helps users locate poems based on author, title, and even by key lines in poems. Furthermore, this site offers users a list of links to other sites that may be useful in their research. The biggest drawback to this service is that it too is a subscription service thus limiting the amount of access that many may have to it. The database does make the reproduction of the poetry, either in file format or the printed form, fairly easy for users. This site is updated on a fairly regular basis but does, at some locations, occasionally leave users with difficulties accessing it.
  5. Early Modern Literary Studies

    This site is the first page that appears in the web page version of a Yahoo search for "English Literary Studies". The page serves as a home for a refereed journal that provides a place for Renaissance scholars to conduct their research and contribute articles and discussions. The site is updated regularly, the last of which was October 10, 2001. The site provides a search engine, allows users to browse any of the past issues, and contains an archive of all past issues. The site also has been influenced a great deal by the respected Cambridge Companion series of works. A unique feature to this site is the presence of discussion groups which allow a variety of people to debate certain topics or to even pose questions and receive responses from other visitors to the site.
  6. Shakespeare's Globe Research Site

    This site offers extensive information not on Shakespeare's texts but in fact on the environment in which the writer's plays would be put on. There is a solid research database of information regarding the globe, costuming, acting, and the New Glove which provides a wealth of background material. In addition to the Globe, the site offers information on the other competing playhouses giving users and researchers a well-rounded view of the world of drama in the 16'th and 17'th centuries.
  7. Shakespeare Resource Center

    This site may not have the individual depth of some of the sites but it does give a well-rounded view on all the information about Shakespeare. The most interesting section on this site is the discussion on authorship which research aside, is always a fascinating topic. The Resource Center includes many valuable links to other sites that can aid students with homework, researchers with sources, etc. The site also includes synopses of the entire Shakespeare canon which can be extremely valuable when looking for information fast.
  8. Shakespeare Research Resources

    This site serves as a roadmap of where to get started on the web. There are incredible amounts of links offered here. Most major sites are included (such as Folger's and World Shakespeare Bibliography) but researchers can also find lesser known sites. The list of sites are also broken up based on the topics they cover: General sites, Graphics and Sounds, Individual plays, Reference, Shakespeare's Life, The Poems, and Authorship. This is one of the better places on the web to track down information on the Sonnets.
  9. Shakespeare and the Internet

    This is a site, much like the above listed one, a roadmap for locating information on the Internet. Something nice that this site does though is include a separate link specifically for criticism. Otherwise, between the above site and this one, a researcher should be able to gain access to nearly any quality Shakespeare site on the Web.
  10. Sh:in:E- Shakespeare in Europe

    This is an on-going project examining the affects of Shakespeare's work across Europe. The site offers writings on the entire canon of Shakespeare. Also included are some historically relevant background pieces such as music and an impressive number of links to Renaissance life that includes extensive information on costuming, heraldry, etc. The site further offers examinations of popular uses of Shakespeare so that one can conduct popular culture research here as well.

Here's a link for tons of information concerning ancient Rome and how it might apply to Julius Caesar.

This is the web address if you would like to access a very helpful and wonderfully interactive Macbeth web site. Go to the site and scroll down to where it says 'How To Get It.’ You do have to download this onto your computer--but if you can then burn this onto a disk--you can take it to class with you and, and, and--use it in different ways.

Shakespeare Magazine Teaching Resource

Much Ado About Something: An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Language

Ask Eric: Education Information

Sample Ask Eric Teaching Shakespeare Lesson Plan

Word Cruncher

Wordcruncher Exercises for Shakespeare

Teaching Shakespeare with a Computer

Yale-New Haven Teaching Institute: Index of all Curriculum Units: section S

Yale-New Haven Teaching Institute: Shakespeare for the Developmental Reader

Becoming Familiar with the Language of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

The Shakespeare Project: Teaching Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library: Teaching Shakespeare

The Oxford Shakespeare: Search

Electronic Literature Foundation’s The Plays of William Shakespeare: Each play with its own search engine, concordance, quotes, and other information.

I Love Shakespeare

The Place 2 Be: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Carnegie Chronicle - Supplemental Material: Close Reading Shakespeare: A Course Portfolio

Shakespeare Alive! Teaching Materials

Shakespeare’s Language

Luminarium: 16th Century Renaissance English Literature

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet

Hamlet Teacher's Guide and Student Activities by Joel Sommer Littauer

Eric Digest: Online Resources for Teaching Shakespeare

Electronic Shakespeare: Resources for Researchers:

Tools for Studying Shakespeare and Contemporaries:

Shakespeare Online

Bard Web: Shakespeare Resource Center

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