Digital Bibliography and Global Shakespeare


  • Laura Estill Texas A&M University



World Shakespeare Bibliography, bibliography, open access, knowledge dissemination, workflow management, collaboration


Although there is currently “much ado about” global Shakespeare studies, this field has been thriving for decades – even centuries. This article outlines the role of the World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (WSB Online) in the past and future of global Shakespeare studies, exploring how digital scholarly practices, including open access periodicals and institutional repositories, are changing the bibliography’s workflow and presentation of materials. Ultimately, the digital nature of the World Shakespeare Bibliography further opens the door to global Shakespeare studies and participates in recovering early research in the field. The WSB is the result of global scholarly collaboration; it is itself an early global Shakespeare studies project that works to foster further scholarship in the field.

Author Biography

Laura Estill, Texas A&M University

Laura Estill is an Assistant Professor of English and editor of the World Shakespeare Bibliography (, Department of English, Texas A&M University MS 4227, College Station TX, 77845-4227 USA.  Email: