World Shakespeare Bibliography

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World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
Producer Johns Hopkins University Press for Shakespeare Quarterly in association with the Folger Shakespeare Library (United States)
History 2001 to present
Languages English
Cost Subscription
Disciplines Literature, Shakespeare
Record depth Index
Format coverage Books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media
Geospatial coverage Worldwide
Update frequency Quarterly
Print edition
Print title World Shakespeare Bibliography
ISSN 1538-3555

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present.[1] Containing over 146,000 annotated entries,[2] this collected information provides annotated citations for anyone engaged in research on William Shakespeare or Early Modern Britain.[3] It is the single-largest Shakespeare database in the world.[4]

In 2001, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) awarded the WSB Online the Besterman/McColvin medal for outstanding electronic reference work.[5] In 2006, this ever-expanding digital reference tool, compiled by Dr. James Harner of Texas A&M University, was named as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine.[6] The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is currently edited by Dr. Laura Estill (also of Texas A&M University).

WSB Online is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, date, language, publisher, and periodical title. It is international in scope, covering and representing every country in North America, South America, and Europe, and nearly every country in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.[7]


  1. ^ TAMU. "World Shakespeare Bibliography". Texas A&M University. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Galileu Library. "World Shakespeare Bibliography". Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  3. ^ University of Texas. "World Shakespeare Bibliography Online". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Johns Hopkins University. "Institutional Subscription Plans". Johns Hopkins University Press. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  5. ^ CILIP. "Reference Awards archive". Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Nuttall, A. D. "Shakespeare the Thinker". Yale University Press. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  7. ^ NCSU Libraries. "Databases: World Shakespeare bibliography online". NC State University. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 

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