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English Literature: Shakespeare

This is a research guide for resources in English Literature.

   William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616 CE) was an Elizabethan era actor, poet and playwright in London, although he was from Stratford-upon-Avon in
    Warwickshire, England. Perhaps best remembered for his plays, Shakespeare employed a variety of literary forms and genres, which include:

  • Poems, Plays, & Sonnets,
  • History
  • Comedy, and
  • Tragedy


When searching MICAL or when searching a database, the following Subject Headings can be used in a "Subject" search. Below are sample searches that link to the catalog, including searches for author, character names, play or sonnet titles, types of resources (biographies, bibliographies, reference works, etc.), adaptations, and more.

Below are links to relevant subject searches in the catalog:

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation


Below are links to relevant books in the catalog.

Selected eBooks

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Shakespeare on Video

Want to see Shakespeare in action? Use our video databases to watch any of 37 Shakespeare plays  that were televised by the BBC, including The Tempest linked below.