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New Shakespeare Search Engine
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0785  Thursday, 14 September 2006

From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006 23:23:31 -0700
Subject: 	New Shakespeare Search Engine

The Clusty search folks have built a specialized Bard engine 
<http://shakespeare.clusty.com>with the usual word and phrase search 
functions that can be focused to specific character (or all) and/or 
specific play (or all).  What is unique, though, is Clusty's trademark 
clustering function.  A search on, for example, "war" in Henry V brings 
up not only 24 hits--intelligently, both "war" and "wars" with 
considerable quotation for context--but also a sidebar list of topics 
linked to individual quotes:

--God (7)
        Law, Death (3)
        Stand, Breach (2)
        Happy (2)
--Disciplines, Captain (7)
        Captain Macmorris (3)
        Knowledge (2)
        Other Topics (2)
--Soldier, Command (3)
--Discourse (2)
--Forth, Defences (2)
--Turning, Maidens (2)
--Honour, Wax (2)
--Other Topics (2)

That topic list doesn't look useful.  "Love" in R&J is more promising 
while "love" in all the works brings up a stupendous catalogue.

"Shakespeare Searched" uses the public-domain Moby text for the plays 
and the Open Source Shakespeare for the sonnets.  Clusty has suggestions 
for teachers 
<http://clusty.com/search?v%3aproject=billy&v%3aframe=teachers&>and 
students <http://clusty.com/search?v%3aproject=billy&v%3aframe=students&>

Search Engine Watch has a review 
<http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060912-093721> that touches on 
five other online Shakespeare resources including Google's gateway for 
web searches and facsimiles of some of the editions and Shakespeare 
criticism the company has been scanning in the collections of UMichigan, 
Harvard, and elsewhere <http://books.google.com/googlebooks/shakespeare/>

Cheers,
Al Magary

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