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ENG 380 Shakespeare's Loves: Primary Sources

Resources for your study of Shakespeare

What is a Primary Source

A primary source is "first-hand" information, sources as close as possible to the origin of the information or idea under study. Primary sources are contrasted with secondary sources, works that provide analysis, commentary, or criticism on the primary source. In literary studies, primary sources are often creative works, including plays, poems, stories, novels, and so on. In historical studies, primary sources include written works, recordings, or other source of information from people who were participants or direct witnesses to the events in question. Examples of commonly used primary sources include government documents, memoirs, personal correspondence, oral histories, and contemporary newspaper accounts.

Shakespeare's Works

Primary Literature Resources Found Online

Primary Sources in the Databases

Shakespeare's Works Online

  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
    the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • William Shakespeare - Biography and Works
    Provides a biography of Shakespeare and full-text access to all his works.
  • Open Shakespeare
    Open Shakespeare combines literary criticism and the internet, to produce a completely free and open set of tools for appreciating the Bard. Currently you can use our website to read all of Shakespeare, including brief individual introductions to each play, perform rudimentary statistical analysis, compare texts side by side, search and annotate any of Shakespeare’s works and much more
  • Open Source Shakespeare
    Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.
  • Internet Archive Search: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616" AND ("william Shakespeare")
    Search the Internet Archive to find full-text works by Shakespeare as well as sound recordings of his writings.
  • Craig, W.J., ed. 1914. The Oxford Shakespeare
    The 1914 Oxford edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare ranks among the most authoritative published this century. The 37 plays, 154 sonnets and miscellaneous verse constitute the literary cornerstone of Western civilization. Edited by W.J. Craig