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Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature: Welcome

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



Welcome to the Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature Subject Pages

This page brings together key resources for the students of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature

Use the tabs above to help you find books, ebooks, articles, journals and more.

Getting Started

Here are a few important resources to help you on your way:

Shakespeare Institute Library

The Shakespeare Institute is a research and postgraduate centre within the University of Birmingham. The library has been developed as a working collection for the Institute's members and also serves as the University's central resource for English renaissance literature. As one of the top libraries for the study of Shakespeare in Europe it is used by UK and international Shakespeare scholars.

The Library contains 60,000 volumes, archives, manuscripts, and audio-visual collections. We aim to collect every significant publication for the study of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama and the supporting collections cover literary, cultural, political, religious, and social history of the period.

NEW: Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions are a great way to find out about a new subject, consider study options, or revise a topic. The University of Birmingham now offers full access online to all 579 titles covering a broad range of subjects across many disciplines.

  • If you are looking for a specific title, you can search for it on Findit@Bham as you would any other book eg African Politics: Very Short Introduction
  • If you want to explore the whole collection, or a subject area, you can enter the search 'Very Short Introductions' on Findit@Bham

Using the Very Short Introductions website you can:

  • Browse by subject area to find books and chapters
  • Search across the whole range of titles to find books and chapters
  • Set up an free personalized account so that you can save a list of your favourite books and chapters and notes on your reading

Academic Skills Advisors

One-to-one and group sessions are available from Academic Skills Advisors, delivered in appointment rooms. Please contact the Academic Skllls Team to book.