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Thomas Library

Selected Resources for Theatre Classes

Fall Semester 2000

Books | Reviews & Periodicals

BOOKS

LC subject headings | Library Catalogs | Reference Books | Top

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Authors (Last name, first name, dates) and individual works are can be listed as subject headings. 
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
Many subjects can take the add-on "--Drama";
Faeries -- Drama
Also, many subject headings use a subdivision for criticism: 
--History and criticism [for inanimate subects]
--Criticism and interpretation [for authors & characters] 
e.g.Hellman, Lillian, 1906- -- Criticism and interpretation
Lear, King (Legendary character) -- Legends -- History and criticism
Picture of LCSH volumes 20th ed., 4 vols., 1997.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

 Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes. 

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At other Ohio Libraries OhioLINK Catalog
In North America For ILL WorldCat

Reference Books

Drama Criticism
PN 1601 .D59 v1-12
Brief Biographies and longer critical excerpts, arranged by author. See last volume for cumulative index.
Guide to Critical Reviews
PN 2266 .S16
Index to critical play reviews published before 1973; has a 1982 supplement; separate volumes for American Drama, Musicals and Foreign Drama.
Modern Drama Scholarship and Criticism
PN 1851 .C37 1997
Bibliography covering criticism published from 1981-1990 about playrights of all eras.
New York Theatre Critics' Reviews
PN 2000 .N3 1940-1996
Full articles from several New York newspapers, covering reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and regional-theatre productions.

Web Sites

Theatre History on the Web
A guide to online resources in theatre history.
Internet Broadway Database
"IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics."
The Costumer's Manifesto
Costume history, timeslines and links to instructions for making costumes.

Reviews and Periodicals

Indexes and databases | Finding periodicals | Top

Periodical indexes and databases for Theatre Research

Humanities Abstracts
(1984- )
Scholarly articles in the humanities, with some fulltext
Academic Search Complete Indexes about 2000 periodicals -- both scholarly journals and popular magazines; covers 1986-Present, with some fulltext coverage starting in the early 1990s.
Lexis-Nexis Universe 20 years of full text newspapers, including theatre reviews.
New York Times - Historical Full text and page images of the New York Times, 1851-1999
American Drama Criticism
Ref. PS 332 .D7 P33 1992
Index to critical reviews of American plays from 1890 - 1990
MLA Bibliography
(1963- ) (Remote Access)
Primarily a language and literature database, this will cover the literary aspects of drama.
New York Times Index
(1851- )
To find theatre reviews under Theatre - [title of play]. NYT Index can be found on Index Table 2 in Reference, and in Older Indexes.
Times of London
(1785-1985)
200 years of full text of the Times of London
New York Theatre Wire Current New York theatre news and reviews
Guide to Web information on Playwrights and Composer

Locating Journals:

At Wittenberg:
Online Fulltext Journal Listing -- covers periodicals in electronic form only; follow the "Repeat Search on In-Library Periodical Holdings" to find out about print coverage of journals.
At other Ohio academic libraries:
OhioLINK Central Catalog (Note: you cannot get periodicals through OhioLINK)

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Compiled by Ken Irwin.