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Articles & Databases: Theatre & Drama

 

For additional theatre & drama resources see Theatre Research Guide.

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Academic Search Premier Scholarly and popular articles on many subjects; a good source for theater reviews. More Details...

Can limit to peer reviewed

1982 to present
Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) Lists articles from 400 scholarly and popular journals and includes fulltext for about half of them. Selected articles only are included for 100 of them. More Details...

Can limit to peer reviewed

Vary for each publication; the earliest begins in 1915
JSTOR Journal backfiles in many subject areas; fulltext is included for each article. More Details... Yes

From the first issue to 5 years ago for each publication included

MLA Bibliography Comprehensive, international index to literary criticism and theory, linguistics, film and drama criticism, cultural studies, and folklore, covering articles, book chapters, books, and more.  Can limit to items in English and to type of resource, such as journal articles. More Details... Yes 1926 to present
Project MUSE Fulltext of about 200 scholarly journals on subject in the arts and humanities. More Details... Yes Vary for each publication; some are backfiles only

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ATLAReligion

Lists scholarly journal articles and books on many aspects of religion and theology; good for ritual, medieval mystery plays, sacred aspects of drama, etc. More Details...

Yes 1949 to present
Alternative Press Index Lists articles from over 400 alternative, radical, and progressive journals, newspapers, and magazines. More Details... Some peer reviewed journals are included, but cannot limit to these 1969 to present
America: History and Life Theater and drama in history in North America from over 2000 sources, including scholarly journals, publications of local historical societies, books, book reviews, and more. More Details... Scholarly sources, not all are peer reviewed 1964 to present
ArticleFirst Search by keywords in the titles and authors of articles from thousands of journals on many subjects, including theatre and drama. More Details... Scholarly and professional journals 1990 to present
Bibliography of Asian Studies Lists western-language books, articles, and book chapters on all parts of Asia on many subjects, including cinema.  Many sources are published in Asia and reflect an Asian viewpoint. More Details... Some scholarly sources are included, but cannot limit to these

Some as far back as 1779; 1971 to present for most sources

Ethnic NewsWatch Fulltext of newspapers, magazines, and journals from the ethnic, minority, and Native press. There is a Spanish language search interface as well as Spanish fulltext materials. More Details... Can limit to peer reviewed Vary for each publication; the earliest begin in 1992 to present
Gale Literary Databases The online fulltext version of Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography, which may be searched separately or together, provides basic biographical and critical information for thousands of authors, including playwrights. More Details... No

Vary; entries are updated frequently

GenderWatch Fulltext of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, and NGO, government, and special reports that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. More Details... Can limit to peer reviewed Vary for each publication; the earliest begin in the 1970s to present
Handbook of Latin American Studies Lists books and other sources selected by experts on many subjects related to Latin America, including cinema.  Many are in Spanish. More Details... Scholarly materials are included, but cannot limit to these 1935 to present
Historical Abstracts World history from 1450 to the present (excluding North America, which is covered in America: History and Life), including the arts, culture, theatre and drama, in over 2,000 journals, books, and other sources.  Can limit to English. More Details... Yes 1950s to present
Scribner Writers Series Includes 1,600 brief bio-critical essays on international authors including many playwrights. Can search by nationality, gender, etc. Also includes essays on topics such as Medieval Drama and The Well-Made Play. More Details... No Vary; entries are updated frequently

Other Databases to Consider

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ArtIndex Includes material on stage design, etc., from all over the world in nearly 400 sources including art periodicals, yearbooks, and more; feminist criticism is emphasized. Can limit to English. More Details...

Can limit to peer reviewed

1984 to present; for articles before 1984, use print Art Index volumes on Index Table 2
Dissertation and Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Includes fulltext for thousands of dissertations and masters theses produced in the United States. If fulltext is not linked, order the item on interlibrary loan. Don't use their "order a copy" link. More Details... Dissertations are prepared under scholarly direction 1637 to present
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism Online Fulltext resource containing over 240 literary essays on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historic periods. More Details... Essays by scholars 2nd edition, 2005