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Guide includes general Theatre information and pages for specific Theatre Classes
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Helpful Books

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The Oxford English Dictionary
Call Number: Ref 423 Ox 3, e, 2nd ed
ISBN: 0198611862

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The Cambridge guide to theatre
Call Number: Ref 792.0321 Ca 6, g, 2000

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The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance
Call Number: Ref 792.03 Ox 3, e
ISBN: 0198601743

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The Oxford companion to American theatre
Call Number: Ref 792.0973 Bo 7, o, 3rd ed
ISBN: 0195169867

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The world encyclopedia of contemporary theatre
Call Number: Ref 792.03 Wo 7, e
ISBN: 0415059283

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Useful Databases

Since you'll be researching some topics that are not specific to theatre, you may find some databases helpful for your research.  The library has databases in many fields, the following are just a few.

  • MLA International Bibliography
    MLA International Bibliography is the go-to source for humanities research. Search by authors or titles of works and get biographical information and a selection of scholarly reviews and criticism. This database also contains many items that will need to be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
  • Literature Resource Center
    Provides single-search access to an extensive collection of classic literary reference works, such as Gale's Dictionary of Literary Biography series, as well as critical information on authors and their works and current journal articles in literary studies.
    JSTOR is a large backfile of scholarly journals. Use the limiters on the search page to choose the disciplines you're interested in searching and search full-text articles. Everything in JSTOR is in full-text!
  • ATLA Religion Database
    ATLA is a abstracts and indexes database of religion topics. Since many of these titles are not full text, you might have to use interlibrary loan. Review the abstracts to make sure the article is going to be useful for your research.

Finding Reviews of Theatre Productions in Newspapers and Indexes

When looking for reviews of current productions, you can begin looking for items in current major newspapers.

Searching Newspapers for Theatre Reviews

Use U.S. News Stream to search major US newspapers for reviews.  The New York Times and other major daily newspapers are included.  Include keywords such as "theater," "theatre," "play," and "review" in your search, and/or use the subject term limiters on the left column after you have search results.

Finding Reviews from a Citation

Once you've found an article citation in an index, you'll need to check the Geisler Journal List to see if Geisler Library subscribes to the journal, magazine or newspaper or if we have electronic access to the journal in which your article will be found.

Print journals are arranged alphabetically on the periodical shelves. (Remember the most recent months will be found on the Current Periodical Shelves on the second floor of Geisler Library)

If we don't subscribe to the publication you need, we can get the article for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Many of the library databases will have links to a ILL form, we also have forms on our website, or  you may get a form from the Circulation Desk. Fill it out as completely as possible, and then turn it in again at the Circulation Desk. Normally it takes a week to two weeks to get items ordered through ILL.

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