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Theatre & Dance

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  • Academic Search Complete

    Covers all subject areas.  Has a mix of magazines and journals, including many that are peer-reviewed.

  • Black Drama

    Over 1,000 plays with information on related productions, theaters, and production companies.  The over 200 playwrights are from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

  • Humanities Source

    Coverage of noted scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities and performing arts. Find feature articles and reviews.

  • JSTOR

    Full-text of back issues of more than 100 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Issues are entered on-line after having been published for 2-5 years.

  • Literature Criticism Online

    Literature Criticism Online brings together:  Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400–1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Children's Literature Review.

  • Literature Resource Center

    Provides biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.  Also contains Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature, featuring definitions of literary terms.

  • North American Theatre Online

    Covers all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. It includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to approximately 30,000 plays, 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, 22,000 productions, and 2,500 production companies with new records to be added annually. The collection also includes approximately 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.

  • Play Index

    Play Index  includes citations to approximately 31,000 plays–published individually or in collections–dating from 1949 to present time and over 600 monologues.

  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

    The World Shakespeare Bibliography Online is a searchable electronic database consisting of the most comprehensive record of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present.