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How do I find out how much it costs to use the site?
Register an account, and the options are immediately visible. In summary: individual ticket options are 1-day (£1), 1-month (£10), 1-year (£30), and 10-years (£100); institutional tickets, giving unlimited free access to students, are 3-months (£95), 1-year (£350), 3-years (£950), and 5-years (£1550).
 
How do I return to the Home search page after doing a Search or Advanced Search?
Click on the Shakespeare portrait.
 
How do I find a whole play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it.
 
How do I find a particular scene from a play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on the Scene you want to see.
 
How do I see all the characters in a play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on Dramatic Personae.
 
How do I see the relationship between all the characters in a play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on Circles.
 
How do I find all the lines a character says in a play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on Dramatic Personae and scroll down until you see the character's name. Click on the name.
Or: go the play's Circle and click on the character's name.
Or: go to Starting Points on the home page, then Characters by part-size, and click on the character's name.
 
How do I find the synopsis of a play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on Synopsis.
 
How do I see all the Glossary words that appear in a single play?
Go to the home page and click on Plays (or, if on some other page, click on Works, then Plays). Scroll down to the play you want and click on it. Then click on All Definitions.
 
I've seen a glossed word in a play or poem. How do I find other examples of that word in other plays or poems?
Click on the glossed word in the Definitions column. In the next window click on Headword Locations.
 
How do I find all the senses of a word in the Glossary?
Click on Glossary, then type the word in the search box, and click on Search.
 
I've looked for a word in the Glossary and it isn't there. Why?
That will be because the word has the same sense in Modern English, and can be found in any general dictionary. We only include in the Glossary words that no longer exist in Modern English or that have changed their meaning since Shakespeare's day.
 
How do I find Themes and Topics?
Go to the home page and click on Starting Points.
 
How do I find all instances of a word (e.g. fair) in the Themes and Topics?
Go to Advanced Search via the home page. Type fair into the Search box and remove ticks from Plays, Poems, and Glossary, leaving Additional texts ticked. Click on Search.
 
How do I find all the instances of a word (e.g. nothing) used in a play (e.g. King Lear)?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type nothing into Search and remove ticks from Poems, and Glossary, and Additional texts. Click on Play search options and scroll down under All Plays to find King Lear. Select the play, and Add to Search. Then click on Search.
 
How do I find all the instances of a word (e.g. nothing) used by King Lear himself?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Remove ticks from Poems, Glossary, and Additional texts. Type nothing into Search, click on Play search options, and then Speaker options. Type the name Lear nto the search box - it will auto-complete. Click on the name and it will Add to Search Then scroll up and click on Search.
 
How do I find all the instances of a word (e.g. blood) used with another word (e.g. I) nearby in Macbeth?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type blood into the Search box and remove ticks from Poems, Glossary, and Additional texts. Click on Play search options and scroll down until you see Macbeth. Select the play, and Add to Search. Scroll down to the box headed 'See if a word or phrase is near the one you're searching for', and type I. The 'within lines' box offers the option of searching in the same line as blood (0) or between 1 and 5 lines adjacent to it. Once you've made your selection, click on Search.
 
How do I search for all the instances of a word (e.g. fair) in the poems?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type fair into the Search box, and remove the ticks from Plays, Glossary, and Additional Texts. Click on Search.
 
How do I search for all the instances of a word (e.g. fair) in the plays?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type fair into the Search box, and remove the ticks from Poems, Glossary, and Additional Texts. Click on Search.
 
How do I find a word (e.g. fair) occurring in particular Sonnets?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type fair into the Search box and remove ticks from Plays, Glossary, and Additional texts. Click the Poem search options, select Sonnets, and Add to search. Scroll down the Sonnet boxes, select the ones you want to include in your search, and click Add to search. Then scroll up to click on Search.
 
How do I find a word (e.g. fair) occuring in particular poems, e.g. Lucrece and Venus?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type fair into the Search box and remove ticks from Plays, Glossary, and Additional texts. Click on the Poem search options, select Lucrece and Venus, and Add to search. Then scroll up to click on Search.
 
How do I find a word (e.g. fair) occuring with another word (e.g. hand) within a specified number of lines (e.g. 2) in a particular poem, e.g. Venus?
Go to the home page and click Advanced Search. Type fair into the Search box and remove ticks from Plays, Glossary, and Additional texts. Click on the Poem search options, select Venus and add to search. Go to the box headed 'See if a word or phrase is near the one you're searching for', type hand, and choose 2 in the adjacent box. Then scroll up to click on Search.
 
How do I download/print a page without seeing the key line numbers?
Find the page you want to download/print and uncheck 'show Key line'. Then click on Download/Print.
 
How do I download/print just the Modern version of a page of poem or play text with the line numbering, but without the Folio version or the definitions?
Find the page you want to download/print and uncheck the menu boxes that say 'show Original text' and 'show Definitions'. Then click on Download/Print.
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