Students can now study pre-1640 Shakespearean works in the comfort of their favorite computer chair. With the help of some freely available software, the Folger Library tour taken by the Catholic University Special Libraries student group, discovered the incredible access students have to this magnificent manuscript and digital image collection.
Web-based access to Folger Digital Image collections is readily obtainable and is supported by Luna Insight. Instructions for installing the software are at provided at the Folger Shakespeare Library website. Take a look at books, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, art, and even a letter written by Queen Elizabeth I.
If verse is the focus of study, take at look at Union First Line Index . Supporting metadata uses Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), creating a database searchable by numerous fields, including keyword, first line, last line, author, title, repository and item shelfmark. The collaborative efforts of this project produces international book sharing hosted by seven prestigious library collections in both the US and the UK. The opportunity to experience rare books is no longer limited to only the traveling scholars of the world.