Shakespeare’s Words


Created by David and Ben Crystal. This site contains a searchable glossary of every word Shakespeare ever used. Just type the word you're looking for in the search bar, and the search will pull up the word's meaning as well as every instance Shakespeare used it in his writings, along with the context.


Other useful features:

Open Source Shakespeare


Similar to Shakespeare's Words, this site enables you to read the complete works of Shakespeare for free, and contains an exhaustive online glossary. However there are a few features that make this site uniquely useful. 

  • the best online concordance of Shakespeare's complete works. A concordance is an alphabetized list of important words used in a book or body of work, listing every occurrence of each word and the immediate context of each usage.
  • the word count function (I use this a lot). Type in a word and get an immediate count of how many times Shakespeare used that word across his entire body of work.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 

(no frills version)


The complete works available for free, courtesy of MIT. These transcriptions of the plays are no frills. There are no "features" to speak of; no annotations, no definitions, no footnotes. Just the bare bones text + and stage directions.  There are some errors in the stage directions and some typos, but those can be found in printed, published editions too.


Despite its imperfections, MIT is my preferred way to read the plays on the go because

  • the site layout is straightforward, painless, & lightning fast.
  • BEST** You have the option to load an entire play in one page. This means you can open Richard III or Hamlet as a single page before getting on an airplane (or someplace else where you'll have no wifi), and leisurely scroll through the entire play without ever having to reload or "turn a page."

Folger Shakespeare Library





Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre