Shakespeare searched


From AltSearchEngines  information about another interesting and useful tool, Shakespeare Searched.

This is a search engine that has been designed to provide quick and easy access to passages from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. It is easy to obtain, quite precisely, the search results you want by searching topic, work or character.

The search engine, which was built using Vivísimo Velocity, is easy to use and great for finding any Shakespeare-related information from ‘identifying the speaker of a particular quote’ to ‘discovering an underlying thematic element across different works’.

To use/search the site

Enter the search term (eg. Mercutio), or phrase, into the search box and click “Search Shakespeare” or hit Enter. To search for an exact phrase, as usual, use quotation marks arocharactersearch2und the terms.

 You can limit your search to a particular character or the text of a particular play. Use the drop-down menus below the search box to make your choice. When you make your selection and click “Search Shakespeare” again or just hit the enter key. You can search all characters, major or minor, but they are listed. This can be a problem however because you are not told what play they are from (eg First Goth-fromTitus Andronicus)

 Searching for “blood” within Macbeth, the results were as follows. You can also get the citation if you require it. Beneath the title of each search result there is a “Citation” link which will display detailed information about the source and location of that particular passage. There is also a link for “Surrounding text” which will display the text immediately preceding and following the selected passage. This is usually limited to a single line.


I thought I woud also look up “women” in all works and found the following search results. womensearch

If you want all of a particular character’s speech, an entire play, or all of Shakespeare’s work clustered, make your selection, leave the search box blank and click “Search Shakespeare” etc. The default setting is always set for searching all plays and sonnets.

 This site would be of great use to teachers when preparing lessons and as a guide for students studying Shakespeare but it needs stressing that the website is not a replacement for the text itself and it does not provide any analysis or footnotes. It is simply meant to be a supplement a traditional reading of a work. The greatest strength of the search engine is its clustering aspect

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks Rhondda. I’ve made this a favourite to explore later on in the year when we explore R&Juliet.

  2. Shakespeare Searched is a fantastic search engine! You break it down really nicely, too – it can get complicated for first-time users. Another great site for Shakespeare is Shmoop. It’s not a search engine, but it has some really clever analysis.

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