About Shakespeare Searched
Shakespeare Searched is a search engine designed to provide quick access to passages from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. We cluster search results by topic, work, and character to make it easy to find exactly what you're looking for. From something as simple as identifying the speaker of a particular quote to discovering underlying thematic elements across works, Shakespeare Searched has you covered.
This website is not a replacement for a copy of the text. It provides no analysis or footnotes. It is meant to supplement a traditional reading of a work.
Shakespeare Searched for Teachers
Shakespeare Searched is a great resource for you and your students. You can recommend it to your students when writing papers to quickly locate passages that they remember reading but are having trouble finding. It provides citations for each passage so using what they found is a breeze. Shakespeare Searched returns only passages from the works of Shakespeare -- no analysis, opinions, or interpretations. That means potential issues with plagiarism or uncited sources are avoided. We provide the text, the rest is up to the student.
You can plan entire lessons or assignments around Shakespeare Searched. Have your students search for a subject like "love" or "death" and then report back on the results. What sort of topic clusters are generated? Use the tabs to cluster the results by work to see which play or sonnet a theme appears in the most. Or cluster by character to see what kind of patterns emerge.
Shakespeare Searched for Students
So you read the play and you're writing the paper but you can't remember where that one quote you need is. That's where Shakespeare Searched comes in. Just search by character, work, or a keyword or two and we'll find your quote complete with citation. For example, remember all that stuff in Romeo and Juliet about thumb-biting? What was that about? It's all right here. Wasn't that easier than searching through the tiny type in your Shakespeare book?
Shakespeare Searched doesn't give you sample essays, analysis, or anything like that. What it does do is help you generate your own ideas. Maybe you're having trouble coming up with a paper topic? Need some inspiration? Search for a particular play or character and check out the clusters on the left. They give you a quick topical and thematic overview and are a great starting point.
For example, a search of Much Ado About Nothing brings back a "Love" topic cluster with 66 passages in it. Open up that cluster by clicking on the plus symbol next to the cluster title and you'll see a sub-cluster for "Scorn." What does love have to do with scorn? And I thought this was a comedy? Explore the clusters to find out. Shakespeare Searched helps you uncover these kinds of connections and gets you on your way to a great paper.