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Additional Online Resources

Below are a variety of online reading resources, including journals, databases and catalogues, relating to early modern drama. These are recommendations from our own librarian and Head of Higher Education and Research, and have proved useful for the further study of Shakespeare and Early modern drama.

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I. Shakespeare Studies

II. Early Modern Drama & Theatre

III. Early Modern Studies

IV. Libraries, Archives & Museums



I. Shakespeare studies


1. Shakespeare in Quarto: British Library Treasures in Full, 107 copies of 21 plays printed in quarto before the 1642 theatre closures.


2. University of Virginia’s Etext Center’s First Folio


3. William Shakespere’s Small Latine & Lesse Greek: searchable database with scans of the 1944 text by T. W. Baldwin of books available during the time Shakespeare was educated.


4. Internet Shakespeare Editions; Shakespeare’s texts in original spellings: records the original published versions of Shakespeare’s plays, preserving as many of the physical characteristics as possible, including original spelling and format.


5. Unpinning Desdemona: a practical experiment at Shakespeare’s Globe based on the differences between quarto and folio versions of Othello.


6. Performing the Queen's Men: In Autumn 2006, the Shakespeare and the Queen's Men Project (SQM) assembled a company of professional actors in Toronto, Canada, to perform three Queen's Men plays: The Famous Victories of Henry V, King Leir and Friar Bacon & Friar Bungay.


7. Hamlet on the Ramparts: a digital collection of image, text, film and sound recordings of productions of Hamlet.


8. Shakespearean Prompt Books of the Seventeenth Century: a searchable database of the editor's Introduction and Collations for each play.


9. Romeo and Juliet Prompt Book Database: information from approximately 170 prompt-books for productions of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. These productions range from the seventeenth century to the 1980s.


10. Touchstone: project mapping UK Shakespeare collections.



1. Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project: images of every page of the manuscripts relating to the theatrical affairs in the Henslowe-Alleyn Papers at Dulwich College.


2. Richard Brome Online: the collected plays of Richard Brome (1590?-1652). Uniquely, the annotations to the plays provide a wealth of extracts explored in workshops by professional actors working with Shakespeare’s Globe and the RSC.


3. Staging the Henrician Court: the role of Henrician court drama in creating courtly space, including a filmed performance of John Heywood’s Play of the Wether.


4. Database of Early English Playbooks, DEEP: early modern plays and playwrights with additional useful information, such as genre, dates of first publication and production.


5. Biographical Index of English Drama Before 1660: annotated list of all playwrights, actors, patrons, musicians, and miscellaneous other people active in English drama before 1660.


6. The Early Modern Database: a database collecting available information on performances in London from 1576 to 1642.


7. REED Patrons & Performances: an international project bringing together details of drama from the Middle Ages to 1642, the date the Puritans closed London’s theatres. 


8. Early Modern London Theatres, EMLoT: provides an abstract record of the relationship between primary (pre -1642 sources) and secondary (post-1642) materials discussing plays, theatre audiences, lives of players and the theatre buildings themselves that were built in and around London from 1567 to 1629.


III. early modern studies


1. Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image (SCETI): images of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and sheet music. Searching for Shakespeare will provide links to scanned images of quartos and prompt books.


2. Copia: a resource that explores the potential of the internet to further research in Renaissance literature. It includes 'Aeneas & Isabella', a developing database inspired by a 1600 translation of Ovid’s Remedia Amoria and Heroides 7; ‘hap hazard’, a manuscript resource for Spenser Studies; ‘Sidneiana’, a collection of fragments relative to Philip Sidney and his immediate connections; and ‘English handwriting 1500-1700', an online palaeographic course.


3. Luminarium: anthology of English literature from the Middle Ages to the Restoration. 


4. Early Modern Literary Studies: a refereed journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly discussion and as an academic resource for researchers.


5. ABO Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: The journal focuses on gender and women’s issues, and all aspects of women in the arts in the long eighteenth century, especially literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts.


IV. Libraries, archives & museums


1. Folger Library:  Shakespeare research centre, as well as collections relating to early modern history in the West.


2. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: cares for the Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon, and promotes the understanding and enjoyment of his works, life and times. The Birthplace Trust’s library collects books, manuscripts, records of historic interest, pictures, and photographs relating to Shakespeare.


3. The British Library: national library of the United Kingdom and holder of a number of Shakespeare folios and quartos and early printed texts relating to Shakespeare’s contemporaries.


4. The Library of Congress: national library of the United States of America.


5. English Short Title Catalogue: lists over 460,000 published between 1473 and 1800, as well as libraries holding these items.


6. Copac National, Academic and Specialist Library Catalogue: Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries (and growing). In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries. 


7. APAC, Association of Performing Arts Collections, Theatre Collections Database: contains descriptions of over 250 collections in APAC member and other institutions.


8. The National Archives: The National Archive’s Discovery Platform is a national archive database containing information on the nature and location of manuscripts across the UK.


9. The Archives Hubenables you to search across descriptions of archives held at over 250 institutions across the UK.


10. AIM25: a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area.


11. Using Archives, Library & Archives Canadapractical guide for researchers new to archives. Includes tips on how to get the most out of a visit to an archive repository.