This page outlines the resources for Dr. Shohet's Shakespeare course
Richard II assignment. Below you will find the databases we covered in class as well as additional resources that you may find useful in your research.
Resources for Textual Analysis: Contains resources for better understanding and developing your own analysis of Shakespeare's texts.
Articles and Criticism: Contains MLA International Bibliography and the World Shakespeare Bibliography, which are both excellent resources for scholarly peer reviewed criticism.
Resource Tutorials: Contains links to online tutorials for searching in EEBO, the OED, and Luna.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources: Has links to RefWorks and MLA style guides.
Shakespeare's First Folio (1623): Link to text in EEBO.
Resources for Textual Analysis
Oxford English Dictionary
The world's leading authority on the history and development of the English language since 1150. Based on the 1989 2nd edition, a 20-volume set, with additions from 1993-1997 and the 3rd edition (in progress) from 2000-. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries will be released quarterly online. Open Source Shakespeare (Shakespeare Concordance)
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. Of particular interest on this site is the Concordance where you can search for words or phrases across Shakespeare's complete works.
A variorum is a work that collates all known variants of a text. It is a work of textual criticism, whereby all variations and emendations are set side by side so that a reader can track how textual decisions have been made in the preparation of a text for publication. Shakespeare's Words
The site integrates the full text of the plays and poems with the entire Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader. Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. For searchable text of selected titles see Early English Books Online -Text Creation Partnership
MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks
will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.
MLA Style Guide
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.
Follow the link above to access the EEBO record for Shakespeare's First Folio (Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies Publishedaccording to the true originall copies), then from the top navigation select "Full Text." You will be redirected to a warning page about viewing the full text, from this page select "Table of Contents," then go directly to "The life and death of King Richard the Second. 175Kb" or individual sections of the play.
In order to access records for Q1 (1597), Q2 or Q3(1598), Q4 (1608), or Q5 (1615) you will need to utilize the search strategies we discussed in class. You may also wish to make use of "Resource Tutorials" on this course guide, to get more tips for searching EEBO.