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Shakespeare: a short guide to online resources: Introduction

Online resources for Shakespeare
Subjects: English

Introduction

This guide is intended as a quick introduction to some of the key online resources for Shakespeare available via OxLIP+ as well as some freely available web resources.

Why use online resources?

There are three main advantages to using online resources:

  • They are available to use wherever you can access the internet
  • You don't have to wait for books to be returned to the library before accessing original or critical works
  • They provide powerful search tools enabling fast searching of texts for themes you want to explore.

The databases on OxLIP+ can help you locate references to books and journal articles on a particular topic, as well as providing electronic access to the full-text of poems, plays, book reviews and bibliographies.

You can print, download or email information retrieved from most of these. Other recommended peer-reviewed web resources, such as those available via Intute, can also provide you with valuable research tools.

Using a combination of print and online resources will provide you with a much wider range of material than relying on what you can find on the library shelves.

Useful links

SOLO http://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

OxLIP+ http://oxlip-plus.bodleian.ox.ac.uk

For access to the majority of resources covered in this guide go to the ‘English’ section of the subject list on OxLIP+. You will find the Shakespeare Collection and the Arden Shakespeare under the heading ‘Author-specific resources’; Cambridge Collections Online and Blackwell Reference Online are listed under ‘Reference & Criticism’. Alternatively, you can search for each separate resource in the Title List option on OxLIP+. Film resources are listed under the Film Studies subject area.