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Shakespeare Studies

An interdisciplinary guide to researching Shakespeare's works, their history, their performance and their cultural significance.


Welcome to the research guide for Shakespeare Studies which explores the study of the poet-playwright in literature, theatre, film, culture and history. Use the tabs on the left of this guide to explore Library materials by format. This Library Research Guide recommends or provides access to;

  • Encyclopedias and other reference sources for brief, general information about your topic.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings for searching for terms in the UW Library Catalogue
  • Library of Congress Call Numbers for browsing books on the shelves
  • Electronic databases and scholarly journals for locating peer-reviewed articles
  • Primary documents [as defined in your field]
  • External organizations and websites

If you need extra research assistance, you may email the Librarian for Theatre and Film Michael Dudley at 

English, Theatre and Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg

Because of the universality of the themes expressed in his poetry and plays, William Shakespeare is a central figure in English literature and global culture. This subject guide is interdisciplinary, and will be of interest to students in English, History, Film and Theatre Studies and Cultural Studies.

Additional Library Subject Guides

These subject guides at the University of Winnipeg Library contain additional resources of interest to students interested in Shakespeare.

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