Illuminating Shakespeare

As part of the 2016 global ‘Shakespeare 400’ year, Oxford University Press (OUP) is making a wealth of resources freely available in a new website.

For centuries, OUP has been publishing much of the finest Shakespeare scholarship in the world, at every level from school texts to scholarly research. The result is a treasure trove of resources including print and online scholarship; books for general readership; Complete Works and individual play texts; journal articles; linguistic analysis; teaching materials for schools; and choral compositions.

Launched on 1 December 2015, the ‘Illuminating Shakespeare’ website curates this content in a series of monthly themes, with material designed to interest and inform students, school teachers, academics, playgoers – anyone who wants to explore Shakespeare’s works and life.

Each month’s theme is introduced with an exclusive new video essay by a leading Shakespearean, such as Columbia’s Julie Crawford, The Shakespeare Institute’s Michael Dobson, The Globe’s Farah Karim-Cooper, KCL’s Gordon McMullan, Florida State’s Gary Taylor, GWU’s Ayanna Thompson, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Stanley Wells. New blog articles by experts develop the themes further, and for higher level research, selected articles from OUP’s journals and online scholarship are made free for 2016.

Infographics, quizzes, and an online Shakespeare dictionary also provide stimulating resources for study and enjoyment.

Electronic Journals – Search Improvements

You may have noticed that our A-Z list of electronic journals has changed recently.  It has a new look and is no longer a simple listing of journal titles that you can browse through or search. Finding journal titles and content is easier because of a number of new features.


New Features

  • Start to type a journal title into the search box.  A list of available options appears in a drop-down list as you type, and you can select from the list without having to type the full title yourself. This feature is also embedded in the USearch interface, in a split-screen list of suggestions (Keywords and Publications).
  • There is a ‘Browse by Discipline’ feature which allows you to look for publications in a general subject area.  From the results displayed you can further refine to specific topics.
  • When a title is found, a ‘Search within Publication’ box may be displayed, depending on the source of the title.  Where it appears, it allows you to search the title directly without having to go to the source first.  Results may therefore be obtained much more quickly.

Whether or not a ‘Search within Publication’ box is displayed, there will be a list of all the sources from which a particular journal is available, along with dates of coverage.  As before, select the source with the coverage you want and you will be taken to the title in the source database.

Links to ‘Electronic Journals’ appear on the Library & ICT Tab in the Portal, the Library Home Page, and at the top of the our USearch discovery service.