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Shakespeare

This guide contains information on how to research the life and works of William Shakespeare.

Reference Sources

There are many types of reference sources, including:

  • dictionaries
  • encyclopedias
  • biographical dictionaries
  • atlases
  • chronologies

These sources provide background information on a topic and can quickly prepare you for more in-depth research. They can also lead you to other sources if you read closely and make note of works cited that you might be interested in.

Find Background Information

Search these eReference collections to find background information on William Shakespeare, his works, and the reception of those works. 

Find information on William Shakespeare, his works, and the reception of those works in print reference sources.

Selected Reference Sources

Additional Biographical Information