Following are digital resources dedicated to the exploration of early modern literary studies, as well as tools one may use for digital text analysis, mapping, and more. This list is by no means complete. If you have a favorite online resource that you do not see here, please contact us.

Stephen Reimer’s (University of Alberta) course page for “Manuscript Studies: Medieval and Early Modern” includes a concise overview of different kinds of editions one might produce from early texts.

Click this image, taken from the Petowe continuation of Marlowe’s Hero and Leander, to visit About Editions.

An image of the top part of the title page for "The Second Part of Hero and Leander".
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This downloadable app facilitates corpus and concordance analyses.

Click the adorable logo here to go download AntConc!

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AntConc

The Digital Commonwealth hosts the The Boston Public Library’s Shakespeare Collection. There you’ll find digitized images from works in the Thomas Pennant Barton collection of works by and about William Shakespeare.

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The British Book Trade Index (BBTI),hosted by Oxford University provides information about early modern English stationers.

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Click the image here to visit the British Book Trade Index homepage and start searching!

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British Book Trade Index

The British Library offers accessible blogs about early modern authors in historical, literary, and critical contexts in the subsection entitled “Explore Shakespeare and Renaissance Writers in Context.”

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Click the image here to visit the British Library’s page on Discovering Literature: Shakespeare & Renaissance to explore!

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British Library, Shakespeare and Renaissance Writers

This PDF is an excellent resource for learning about and experimenting with regular expression (aka “RegEx”) syntax queries.

Click the image here, taken from the PDF, to open the document in a new tab, or click the link below to download it.

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CQP Web “Simple Language Query Syntax”

“Digital Renaissance Editions publishes electronic scholarly editions of early English drama and texts of related interest, from late medieval moralities and Tudor interludes, occasional entertainments and civic pageants, academic and closet drama, and the plays of the commercial London theaters, through to the drama of the Civil War and Interregnum.”

Click the logo to visit Digital Renaissance Editions!

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Digital Renaissance Editions

Wynken de Worde, aka Sarah Werner, has collated an exceptional list of open-access Early Modern Digital Collections. All of these resources feature access to early modern primary texts.

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Click the image here to visit Wynken de Word!

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Early Modern Digital Collections

Early Modern Print offers text analysis tools and computational approaches to exploring works printed before 1700 in the Early English Books Online database.

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Click the image here to go to the Early Modern Print!

EMP
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Early Modern Print: Text Mining Early Printed English

Text Creation Partnership

Keywords in Context

The EEBO-TCP: Text Creation Partnership database offers rough transcriptions of selected texts from the EEBO database.

This tool allows one to search the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database for key words using both fuzzy searches and regular expressions.

Tutorial Videos

The Kit Marlowe Project has created tutorial videos for navigating the EEBO-TCP database. Click the image here to watch the EEBO-TCP Tutorial Videos

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EEBO: Early English Books Online

Published by the British Library, the ESTC is a valuable resource for discovering reliable bibliographic information for works printed before 1801.

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Click the image to visit the English Short Title Catalogue!

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ESTC: English Short Title Catalog

The Folger Shakespeare Library hosts a number of digital resources. In this post you’ll find links and descriptions to all of Folger Library’s digital resources as well as links to the Kit Marlowe Project’s tutorial videos for navigating these websites.

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The Digital Anthology of Early Modern Drama

EMED: The Digital Anthology of Early Modern Drama, published by the Folger Shakespeare Library is presently the sole resource for reliably edited, encoded editions of Christopher Marlowe’s dramatic corpus, as well as works by his contemporaries (excluding Shakespeare). The EMED collection also offers several options for downloading the texts, facilitating computational and visual approaches to text and corpus analysis. Click the image to the right to see the Kit Marlowe Project’s tutorial videos on EMED.

Folger Digital Texts API

Folger Shakespeare

The Folger Digital Texts API (application program interface) works with Folger Digital Texts, a complete collection of modernized editions of Shakespeare’s plays. The API offers several features for analyzing the plays using pre-programmed scripts that permit one to pull one character’s lines from a play, or to see the play from their perspective. Here you’ll also find a character chart where you can see who’s on stage at any given point in the play (great for casting activities), as well as “The Four Points of Character Analysis” activity. You may also find printed companions to these texts under the Folger Shakespeare Library imprint, as well as the plays and contexts at Folger Shakespeare).

The Folger Shakespeare offers digital editions of William Shakespeare’s drama and poetry, as well as resources about Shakespeare’s language and world.

The editions have been digitized by Michael Poston, Rebecca Niles, and Eric Johnson from the Folger’s printed series of Shakespeare’s works edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. One may also download all of these editions in multiple formats, facilitating computational and visual approaches to text and corpus analysis.

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LUNA: Folger Digital Image Library

A man with his face on his chest between his shoulders. He has no neck or head. Image Citation: Konran Lykosthenes (1518-1561). Prodigiorum (Basel 1557), page 9. Call #: GR825 L8 1557 Cage. Used by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

LUNA, or Folger Digital Image Library offers a wondrous resource for images that may be reproduced under a Creative Commons license as long as they are cited accordingly.

The image here, which graced the LUNA homepage at the time of the creation of the Kit Marlowe Project’s tutorial videos, is that of Konrad Lykosthenes’ Prodigiorum. Click on the image to see the Kit Marlowe Projects’ tutorial videos on LUNA, or click here to see more of Prodigiorum!

Folgerpedia

Miranda Digital Asset Platform

Folgerpedia is the Folger Shakespeare Library’s encyclopedia for all things related to the Folger Library, and contains lots of useful information about the library and its various collections.

Miranda Digital Asset Platform (Folger): The Folger Shakespeare Library has recently created a digital asset platform that catalogs, and sometimes gives one digital access to texts, recordings, 3D objects, and more.

Shakespeare Documented

The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare Documented is an exhibit featuring primary source documents and brilliant commentaries about Shakespeare’s career as a playwright, poet, and actor, his family documents, and 17th Century legacy.

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The image here is the first from the entry: “The answeres of Garter and Clarencieux Kings of arms, to the scrowle of arms exhibited by Raffe Brookesmouth caled York Herauld.” as posted on Shakespeare Documented. The images from this post are provided Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. Click the image to read more or click here to explore Shakespeare Documented.

A page of writing. There are several coat of arms depicted in the margins, including the coat of arms inherited by William Shakespeare.
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Graphemica is a great resource for finding Unicode for especially tricky special characters and printer’s ornaments.

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Click the image to visit Graphemica, and be sure to click the letters of its logo while you’re there!

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Graphemica – For people who ♥ letters, numbers, punctuation, &c

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, offers digital versions of early rare books under a Creative Commons license.

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Click the image to visit the Harry Ransom Center and browse their collection!

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Harry Ransom Center

Journal of Marlowe Studies publishes peer-reviewed essays on the poems and plays of Christopher Marlowe with the support of both the Marlowe Society (which is based in the UK) and the Marlowe Society of America. We do not accept essays on the so-called authorship question but we welcome scholarly exploration of Marlowe’s works, reviews of relevant books, and reviews of productions of Marlowe’s plays from anywhere in the world. We are also happy to entertain suggestions for guest-edited issues, and will consider film reviews if the question arises.

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Journal of Marlowe Studies

The Lost Plays Database is a wiki-style forum for scholars to share information about lost plays in England, 1570-1642. Its purpose is to add lost plays to scholarly discussions of early modern theatrical activity (“Home”).

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Lost Plays Database

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature links to information and selected editions of Marlowe’s works available online. Luminarium is also an excellent resource for literary study beyond the English Renaissance; it anthologizes Medieval through Restoration literature.

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Click the image to visit the Luminarium’ page on Christopher Marlowe.

An image of the title page of Christopher Marlowe's "The Tragicall Historie of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus".
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Luminarium

Take the Social Status Calculator for Early Modern Individuals and find out which of the ten classes of early modern society your answers put you in!

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Middling Culture Social Status Calculator

The Map of Early Modern London‘s Agas Map is a terrific resource for mapping London locations, and their Gazetteer is an invaluable resource for looking up place names. Here you’ll also find  handy “how to” guides for using selected digital resources created by Stonehill students in Spring 2014.

The introductory “how to” videos will help you navigate the Map of Early Modern London (aka MoEML) website. Click the image to go to the Kit Marlowe Project’s MoEML Tutorial Videos.

The header for the Map of Early Modern London.

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MoEML: Map of Early Modern London

New York University’s Libraries have created a brilliant Lib Guide that offers a compendium of modern critical resources for learning about Kit Marlowe’s life and times. It’s a great starting point for researching any Marlowe-related topic.

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NYU Libraries: Christopher Marlowe

“¶ This is a list of online databases, catalogues, projects, images, video, reference works, &c, for the study of early modern plays at the intersection of performance and print. Two caveats: (1) it is not an exhaustive list; and (2) it is meant to supplement—not replace—scholarship published in more traditional venues such as journals, edited collections, and monographs.  ¶ Some of the resources focus on textual iterations of plays, while others are more interested in performance. Many, in their own ways, illuminate and/or pose questions about dramatic bi-modality.  ¶ Several of these resources are only accessible via an institutional subscription. In these cases, I have linked to Penn State Libraries’ access portal.  ¶ Finally, thank you to colleagues who have collected and shared many of these links on their own sites—see the blog section below, for example—as well as to those who have alerted me to newly completed and in-progress projects of interest. As always, if you know of a resource that’s not on this list but you think should be, please email me ( roaringgirle [at] gmail [dot] com ).” – Claire Bourne

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Of Pilcrows: Digital resources for early modern plays on page and stage

The Oxford Classical Dictionary is a good reference for learning about all manners of classical terms and figures. Their dictionary covers a wide variety of ancient subjects including literature, law and philosophy.

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Click the image to check out the Oxford Classical Dictionary yourself!

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Oxford Classical Dictionary

Oxford Reference is an excellent resource for looking up classical and early modern figures. This source provides succinct definitions and comprehensive encyclopedia entries on a varieties of subjects including literature, linguistics, language reference, and even name studies.

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Click the image to visit Oxford Reference and explore for yourself!

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Oxford Reference

Pelagios’s Recogito is a web-based platform from which one may upload .txt files, tag placeNames, create maps, and more.

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The Map of Persia shown here, similar to the image on the Recogito homepage, is from the British Library’s collection of maps. Click here to see the Map of Persia or click the image to visit Recogito.

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The Perseus Project site is our preferred resources for learning about classical sources and mythological history and figures.

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Perseus Project

This site follows (or tries to follow!) the Modern Language Association’s ever changing citation conventions. Purdue Owl is a fantastic resource for writing of every kind. Scan or click on the QR Code here to visit Purdue OWL!

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Purdue OWL

Project Quintessence is an excellent tool for text-based data analysis. Quintessence, produced by UC Davis Datalab, draws on 60,000 texts to generate in-depth analytics for word meanings, word frequencies and text topics.

The image here is a graph from the Project Quintessence “Word Frequency” page, comparing the frequency of the words “faustus” and “tamburlaine” over time. Click the graph to go straight to the “Word Frequency” page or click here to go to the Quintessence home page.

A graph comparing the frequency of the words "faustus" and "tamburlaine" over time.
Project Quintessence: A Dynamic Explorer for Early Modern Texts, UC Davis DataLab. 2021. http://quintessence.ds.library.ucdavis.edu.
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Quintessence

Rams Write is a by-students-for-students LibGuide published by Framingham State University that includes tips for paper organization, revision, clarity, frequently confused words, and grammar and mechanics.

Click the image or the link above to visit Rams Write!

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Rams Write (writing resource)

Thea Buckley has generously curated Shakespeare and Early Modern Streams featuring streaming productions of Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries works.

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Shakespeare and Early Modern Streams (performance)

The Shakespeare Census attempts to locate and describe all extant copies of all editions of Shakespeare’s works through 1700, excluding the folios. We include all items attributed to Shakespeare in print during the period, but not those attributed to him only by modern scholarship. We exclude the Restoration adaptations. The census currently includes records for 1847 copies (“About“).

Click the picture to go read one of the 43 works available on Shakespeare Census!

Shakespeare Census. Ed. Adam G. Hooks and Zachary Lesser. Created 2018. Accessed 07 April 2021. . SC n.
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Shakespeare Reloaded is a rich resource offering both teachers and students tools, games, theories, and techniques for generating imaginative environments from which to engage with Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

A square logo consisting of various pieces of punctuation in red, gray, and black. The text besides it reads "SHAKESPEARE RELOADED". THe first word in bold black text, the second in a thinner, red font.
The logo for Shakespeare Reloaded, click the image to visit their home page and explore!
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About: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon is a digital reconstruction of the early modern social network that scholars and students from all over the world can collaboratively expand, revise, curate, and critique. Unlike published prose, Six Degrees is extensible, collaborative, and interoperable: extensible in that people and associations can always be added, modified, developed, or, removed; collaborative in that it synthesizes the work of many scholars; interoperable in that new work on the network is put into immediate relation to previously studied relationships. This website is hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, and data is available for download both on this site and as part of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s digital collections.

The image here is a visualization in the hooke format of the social network of Christopher Marlowe. Check out Six Degrees of Francis Bacon to explore Marlowe’s network further!

A visualization in the hooke format of the social network of Christopher Marlowe. Date of download: March 4th 2021. Citation: "Christopher Marlowe Network [2, 1565-1593, 61-100%]." Six Degrees of Francis Bacon. http://www.sixdegreesoffrancisbacon.com/?ids=10007980&min_confidence=60&type=network, 3/4/2021.
Click the image to go straight to the Kit Marlowe Project’s tutorial video on the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.

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Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

TAPAS is a free, online resource for publishing, archiving, and sharing Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) projects. The TAPAS Project: Kit Marlowe has pages for many of Marlowe’s works, click the portrait of Kit to explore the collection.

Kit Marlowe
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The Thomas Pennant Barton Shakespeare Collection at the Boston Public Library is an online treasure trove of early modern works published around Shakespeare’s time. Among many wonders, the collection contains Marlowe’s Tamburlaine. 

Click on the image of the title page shown here to visit The Thomas Pennant Barton Collection, or click here to go straight to their copy of Tamburlaine the Great.

The title page for "Tamburlaine the Greate".
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Thomas Pennant Barton Shakespeare Collection at the Boston Public Library

Voyant Tools offer a web-based platform that allow one to upload a Word doc or PDF and generate visualizations of text-based data, including single text and corpus analyses.

The image here depicts a Voyant Tools generated visualization of term analytics of the top 55 words from the “Why Kit Marlowe?” section of the Kit Marlowe Project’s about page.

Visualization of term analytics of the top 55 words from the KMP's "Why Kit Marlowe?" section on the About page.
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The World History Encyclopedia, formerly the Ancient History Encyclopedia, is a useful resource for looking up classical figures.

Click their logo here to visit their webpage and explore!

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