The following is a list of useful online and offline resources we've compiled for graduate students doing research on the early modern period, including online texts, publications, and digital databases.
Public Online Resources
A database of conference announcements for literary studies and related fields.
- Shakespeare's Staging
A collection of Shakespearean performance-related media assembled by UC Berkeley's own Hugh Richmond.
- Blue Letter Bible
A searchable collection of Bible translations and commentaries, including the Latin Vulgate.
- Shakespeare in Quarto
A digital collection of 107 early Quarto editions of Shakespeare. Site allows you to compare editions side by side.
- Perseus Digital Library
A huge collection of classical and Renaissance texts, including an 1879 edition of Shakespeare's plays, as well as searchable Greek and Latin dictionaries such as Lewis & Short.
- Renascence Editions
Searchable public-domain texts of a large number of works printed in English between 1477 and 1799.
- John Donne's Sermons, Harold B. Lee Library
A collection of Donne's sermons searchable by date, occasion, location, audience, and source text.
- John Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Online Variorum Edition [temporarily offline]
The first four English editions of John Foxe's Acts and Monuments, with images and critical apparatus. New, final edition available in early July.
- The Holinshed Project
Online texts of the 1577 and 1587 editions of Ralph Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland.
- Princeton Dante Project
Tons of searchable texts and other resources.
- SuperSummary: Learning About Shakespeare
A collection of basic introductory resources for teachers and students of Shakespeare.
Restricted Online Resources
- Early English Books Online
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.
- ITER: Gateway to the Renaissance
A bibliography of articles and reviews drawn from more than a thousand medieval and Renaissance journal titles covering the years 400-1700.
- Project Muse
Searchable full-text database of scholarly journal articles.
Another full-text database of scholarly articles across a range of disciplines.
- Literature Online
Fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 333 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
57,000 detailed biographies of British literary and historical figures.
- State Papers Online
3 million pages of 16th- & 17th-century British government documents.