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The full Drama Online help pages are available for detailed help and guidance

Search within this Book

You can use the ‘Search within this Book’ feature to conduct specific searches within the book you are reading.


Play tools

What are Play Tools?

Character Grid

Play Tools include a Character Grid to help you view where characters appear and with whom they interact in the play. The circles represent the number of words in an Act or Scene spoken by each character.

Words and Speeches

On the same page as the Character Grid you will find a bar chart representing the shape of the play in terms of words and speeches. Selecting a character or specific characters from the Character Grid will change the graph to reflect the words and speeches for those selected. Hover over the bars for the precise word count.

How do I make a Part Book (view the lines for my character only)?

If you select one of the circles in the Character Grid you'll be taken directly into the play text to view the lines for that character and scene only.

Can I save items for later?

Yes! It’s quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters, images, or other items to view later, organize saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches, and set up search alerts.

Follow the link in the header to ‘Sign in to your personal account’ and enter a few details (name, email address, and password) to create a Personal Account. Please note you must be already logged in through your institution to do this.

Scholarly note icons

What do the scholarly note icons mean?

Commentary notes

For the Arden Shakespeare series, these provide explanations of vocabulary, literary or biblical references, theatrical interpretations and, where relevant, extracts from Shakespeare’s source material. For other series, these provide general commentary notes.

Commentary notes are represented by the speech icon.

Textual notes

The textual notes in Arden editions are designed to let readers know when the edited text diverges from the early edition(s) on which it is based. Wherever this happens the note will record the rejected reading of the early edition(s), in original spelling, and the source of the reading adopted in this edition.

Textual notes are represented by the book icon.

How does Related Content work?

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