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Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature: Books & eBooks

Subject support from Library Services for staff and students in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature.


To find books in the library on your subject you will need to use FindIt@Bham. Search by:

  • author
  • title
  • keyword, or
  • classmark 

It is recommended that you select 'Library Catalogue' from the drop-down menu next to the search box.

Looking for a Resource List? Type the name of your lecturer, module title or module code into FindIt@Bham and change the drop-down menu to 'Resource Lists & Guides'

Resource Lists@Bham makes it easier for you to find library resources which your tutors have been recommended for specific modules.

You can access resource lists for your modules through Canvas.

Resource lists (which used to be called reading lists) contain all types of material: books, journal articles, chapters in ebooks or film clips etc.

  • Books: link to the library catalogue for real-time availability information on screen so you can see if the book you want is on the shelf is on loan or on the shelf.
  • E-books: 'Access the eBook' takes you straight to the e-book.
  • Journal articles: link straight through to the full-text of the article
  • Web pages: click through to the appropriate website
  • YouTube, Box of Broadcasts and other videos: play on screen.
  • Many digitisations (scans) are now live and have been integrated into existing list

Resource Lists@Bham is a new service so not all resource lists have been added yet.

If your module resource list is not there, please report it to us using Please let us know the module and your lecturer's name and we will contact them to get the list / to set up the canvas link.

If you spot any mistakes or problems in your lists please let us know at  

News: Many digitisations (scans) are now live and have been integrated into existing lists

If you are looking for a book that is on your Resource List and cannot locate a copy on FindIt@Bham? Please contact our iRecommend service with an email to giving the following details:

  • Title of the book
  • the name of your Course Tutor
  • the Course Title
  • the module number (if known)

If the book you require is not on a resource list, please contact your Engagement Advisor or your academic library representative based in your School.

  • You can use the COPAC catalogue to search the collections of approximately 90 major UK and Irish libraries in a single search. Library collections listed include Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the British Library and libraries at the National Trust and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
  • If you wish to visit another UK university library, you might be eligible for a SCONUL card. This will allow you reference access to a large number of academic libraries around the UK. For more information on using other libraries please look at Access Schemes

If material is not held by the University of Birmingham, you can use our document supply service to request it from another institution. More details can be found at Interlibrary Loans and Document Supply

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   You can find many individual eBook titles by searching in FindIt@Bham. To restrict your search:

  •         select 'eBooks and eJournals from the drop-down menu, or
  •         refine your search results by eBooks from the menu on the left-hand menu

  The following are general collection of ebooks which cover many disciplines:

It is important to remember that whenever you are accessing ebooks you need to ise the sign in link at the top right of FindIt@Bham to enter your University username and password to ensure that you get full access to all the resources. This proves to the suppliers of theses resources that you are entitled to use them. 

Yes, you can, but the same restrictions apply for eBooks as they do for print books. Individuals are permitted to print up to one chapter or 5% under the University's copyright licences signed with publisher organisations.

eBooks are different however in that they may be subject to Digital Rights Management (DRM) controls. DRM technology allows publishers to control and manage the usage of their eBooks, for example they can restrict the number of concurrent users and limit the number of pages a user can copy, print or download. As we purchase our eBooks from a variety of sources DRM will vary between each provider. Any restrictions to DRM are imposed by the eBook provider and not the Library. Once these restrictions have been met the provider will prevent you from printing or copying any further text.

See our copyright pages for further information.

There are a number of ebooks and ebook packages available which will be of interest to the Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature. Here are just a few of them. To find more ebook collections for your area of study use the Find Databases option in FindIt@Bham and filter your search by 'type'.

Titles include the Cambridge Shakespeare Companions series, the Oxford edition of the plays and key criticism. Simply search on FindIt and click View Online.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Onlineincludes the complete text of more than 170 scholarly editions of material written between 1485 and 1660, including all of Shakespeare’s plays and the poetry of John Donne, opening up exciting new possibilities for research and comparison.

Cambridge Ben Jonson Online: presents a complete reappraisal of this major Renaissance writer, complementing and extending the seven-volume edition of Jonson's works. 

Richard Brome Online edition of the Collected Works of the Caroline dramatist, Richard Brome. The edition not only makes the texts accessible to scholars and theatre practitioners, but also begins to explore their theatricality visually, serving as inspiration to encourage more frequent staging of Brome's works. 

Luminarium: an anthology of English Literature covering the Renaissance period.

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Library Thing (Ebrary Academic Complete)