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More than just a collection of texts...
Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing
Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians,
and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition
of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare
edition for over a half-century. READ
Why use Open Source Shakespeare?
This site was built with four attributes in mind: Power, Flexibility, Friendliness, and Openness. It won't replace the expensive, subscription-only sites at libraries or research institutions, but you can use the advanced search function, read the plays, and look up words in the concordance.
From June 2006 to February 2016, Open Source Shakespeare hosted over 10 million unique visitors, who logged over
46 million page views.
Users performed about 3 million searches from September 2012 to February 2016.
Most visitors were from English-speaking countries (U.S., U.K, Canada, Australia), with Western European
nations contributing a significant portion of the traffic. In addition, a large number of visitors came from non-European
countries such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, and Turkey.
See how the site was built, and how it works
Read the paper (part of an M.A. thesis project) describing OSS's construction, as well as a history and analysis of the Globe Edition's texts. Visit this page to see how the database is built and how the texts are moved into the OSS database. Download the source code and database and use it in non-commercial projects of your own.
Quotation of the moment
We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it.
— Macbeth, Act III Scene 2
Questions and suggestions
The site management is always glad to hear from you: email@example.com