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Shakespeare Resources for Drama Students   Tags: acting, drama, plays, playwrights, shakespeare, shakespeare_glossaries, shakespeare_lexicon  

This guide will lead you to a number of online resources to help you understand the language of Shakespeare.
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On this page you will find links to Shakespeare resources online and on the web.

Use them to look for information about plays, Shakespeare's language, and contextual information about the plays.



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Doing in-depth research? Also try databases listed in this guide.


Library Catalogue Search

Use the library catalogue to search for relevant books, printed versions of journals and newspapers etc.

Shakespeare Glossaries and Lexicons on the Web

Below are a collection of searchable books, available via the Perseus Collection: Renaissance Materials

  • Alexander Dyce, A General Glossary to Shakespeare's Works
    Alexander Dyce, an important Nineteenth Century scholar, collector, bibliophile, and editor of classical and Renaissance literature, compiled this comprehensive dictionary of words used in Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Entries include definitions of words, as well as examples of usage from Shakespeare and other Renaissance writers.
  • Alexander Schmidt: Shakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary
    Alexander Schmidt's Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary is a painstakingly compiled glossary of every word in the Shakespeare corpus and an exhaustive collection of quotations. It has long been a standard reference work.
  • Behind the Name: The Etymology and History of First Names
    Names. Everyone has one, most people have a vague idea what their own means, but few give them much more thought. The study of names is called onomastics, a field which touches on linguistics, history, anthropology, pyschology, sociology, philology and much more.
  • C T Onions: A Shakespeare Glossary
    C. T. Onions's famous 1911 lexicon of terms used in Shakespeare's plays and poems is still an indispensable resource for readers and scholars who wish to clarify their understanding of unfamiliar words or phrases. An outgrowth of his work on the Oxford English Dictionary, this glossary includes brief definitions and examples of usage from Shakespeare, with particular attention to words that are provincial, archaic, unusually connotative, or otherwise obscure for the modern reader.
  • Explore Shakespeare's Works
    Contains: Shakespeare's plays & works, Crystal's glossary, topics, themes.

    It enables you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works and find all instances of words that can pose difficulty to modern readers
  • E A Abbott : A Shakespearean Grammar
    Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838 - 1926) was for twenty-five years the tireless headmaster of The City of London School, where he wrote A Shakespearian Grammar to help students understand the differences between Elizabethan and modern syntax. It is still the most complete work on the subject.

Essential Resources

Shakespeare Resources and Online Databases


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