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EN411 Shakespeare on Screen (Osborne): Resources


Use databases to find contextual information or critical sources.

The Performing Arts Periodicals Database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 395 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 160 of the indexed journals.


World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide from 1960 to the present. Folger Shakespeare Library


Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies includes a “Shakespeare on Film” guide (under the letter S), which includes a variety of sources (anthologies, articles, monographs and scripts) and an index by play title.


AFI Catalog  -  The American Film Institute's Film Indexes Online search tool provides access to records of all motion pictures produced in the United States from 1892 to the present day, including plot summaries, production notes, and subject and song indexes.


Film Index International (British Film Institute) is a major information resource for entertainment films and personalities produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute. With a scholarly, inclusive approach to all areas of film studies - from the very first silent films


One can also search film journals directly.  See the Cinema Studies: Journals and Magazines webpage. More databases are listed on the home page of the Cinema Studies Guide.

Finding & Using Images


Most images on the open web are protected by copyright and cannot be used without permission., except:

  • Images in the public domain
  • Images that have a Creative Commons license
  • Flickr (Be sure and use drop-down under Any License to limit to Creative Commons licensed images. However, be wary of images that appear to be photographs of copyrighted works.)
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Any images where the circumstances of your use meets Fair Use Guidelines

Limiting access of a copyrighted image to a classroom and course participants can be a strong supporting factor for Fair Use.

However, public display or exchange outside a classroom weakens the case even for an academic purpose. Posting an item with a copyrighted image on the open web is usually a violation of copyright law. Many companies use copyright bots to discover infringements. Contact a librarian for more information, however we are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice.

Books for Reference or Critical Essays

Burnett,  Shakespeare and World Cinema   

E-book    9781107003316    2013 


The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Screen

E-book    9781108421164     2020


Burnett, “Hamlet” and World Cinema   

E-book    9781107135505     2019 


The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation

Bowdoin    9781138050198     2020


To find other books, try a CBBcat keyword search.

Or search by this subject heading, changing the first drop-down menu to Subject.        Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616  Film adaptations

Sources for DVDs or Streaming

Use the Films & Videos at Colby Library Guide to:

  • Find DVDs using CBBcat
  • Check MaineCat for DVDs
  • Identify Colby streaming options
  • Find films not available through Colby…

Research Librarian

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Citations and Bibliography Formatting

Owl Purdue Online MLA Guide


Format for citing: Films, Movies, Television, Photographs


MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 9th edition, print edition

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