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Drama/Theatre - Article Databases

Use these to find articles, essays, book reviews, conference papers and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases include books and some include web site links with abstracts.

Academic Search Complete 
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Communication Studies
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
Google Scholar Free on the Web  More...
International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text EBSCO
For a list of publications click Publication in the top menu. Click on a title name to view the record then select a year/issue to read. Or, use the checkboxes to mark several title names to search.
Oxford Music Online  More...
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Oxford Music OnlineIncludes articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works. Database has full text of The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.
Search: Keyword or browse the Subject Entries
Oxford Music Online
See: Oxford Tips for Users | Topical Guides & Timelines
History/ Humanities Databases
CLIO Notes in America: History and Life and Historical Abstracts databases allow you to browse through chronologies of significant historical events and themes.
America: History and Life with Full Text EBSCO
Indexes 1,700 journals published worldwide on the history of the U.S. and Canada; prehistory to the present. Full text of 196+ journals & 92+ books.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text EBSCO
History of the world (military, women's, history of education, e
tc.) from 1450 to present (excludes U.S. & Canada). Full text of 330+ journals & 110+ books.
Humanities International Complete EBSCO
Indexes 2,200+ journals. Full text of nearly 1,200 journals & 750+ book.
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EBSCO databases

Drama/Theatre - Books and Call Numbers

Try a library catalog subject search for "drama," "theater" or other related subject, and then drill down to your area of interest. If the book you find is an ebook, click "View content of ...E-Book" in the record to go to the full text.

For more precise searching, try a library catalog advanced search and combine a subject with a relevant keyword. For example, Subject: English theater and Keyword: women.

To identify call number sections for drama and theatre, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline: Class P - Language and Literature (choose Subclass PN). Once you have call numbers you can use them to:

  • browse the shelves in areas of your interest
  • search the library catalog
  • identify ebooks in your subject area

Sample call number list:

PN1600-3307 Drama
PN1635-1650 Relation to, and treatment of, special subjects
PN1660-1693 Technique of dramatic composition
PN1720-1861 History
PN1865-1988 Special types
PN1990-1992.92 Broadcasting
PN1991-1991.9 Radio broadcasts
PN1992-1992.92 Television broadcasts
PN1992.93-19 92.95 Nonbroadcast video recordings
PN1993-1999 Motion pictures
PN1997-1997.85 Plays, scenarios, etc.
PN2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theater
PN2061-2071 Art of acting
PN2085-2091 The stage and accessories
PN2131-2193 By period
PN2131-2145 Ancient
PN2152-2160 Medieval
PN2171-2179 Renaissance
PN2181-2193 Modern
PN2219.3-3030 Special regions or countries
PN3035 The Jewish theater
PN3151-3171 Amateur theater

See also:
Modified LC Classification Outline as used by ORU
Library of Congress Call Numbers for Theatre by Carol Hansen

Library Guide:
For general information on books see How to Find..Books & ebook

Drama/Theatre - ORU ebooks

ebrary : Theater ~299 ebooks, Drama ~499 ebooks

Sample Titles

Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture

Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture, by Patrice Pavis (Loren Kruger, translator)

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  Digital Performance : A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art and Installation

Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation; by Steve Dixon

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Performing Chekhov

Performing Checkhov, by David Allen

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  Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric, by David Sanson

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  • For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list, change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date.

  • To view chapter ranking, perform a search then click the Chapter Results tab.

  • To browse document titles that are in a specific call number section, (example shown to the right)
    1. Use Advanced search.
    2. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number.
    3. Type the call number(s) then click Search ebrary.


eBook Collection: Performing Arts/Theater/History & Criticism ~12 ebooks
eBook Collection: Theatre (keyword search) ~240 ebooks
In eBook Collections, reading the full text is limited to 1-5 simultaneous users per title.
Search: Use advanced search, type a subject such as drama, and then change Select a Field (optional) to Subject.
Library Guide: For general ebook information see How to Find...Books & ebook

Drama/Theatre - Reference Materials

Biography in Context ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Biography In ContextIncludes academic journals, reference works, magazines, websites, and news.
Search: Click Browse People in the top menu bar then choose a category. Or, use the advanced search options, such as company name, place name or subject.
Examples: Arthur Miller | Company Name= Nike
Credo Reference Center : Theater (topic page)
Includes ~510+ online full text reference titles.
Sample Search: Philosophy of Theatre
Sample Concept map: dramaturgy | theater | theatre | the performing arts
Sample ebooks:
The Cambridge Guide to Theatre The Cambridge Guide to Theatre 
Pop Culture Arab World!   Pop Culture China!  Pop Culture Germany!  Pop Culture India! Pop Culture Latin America!  Pop Culture Russia!
Pop Culture in ...! Media, Arts. and Lifestyle: Performing Arts:Theatre (entry)
The Pop Culture books include entries for Theater and Performance, Traditional Theatre, Role Types, Actions and Movements, Scenery and Costumes, the Stage and more.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: community theater
Gale Virtual Reference Library: theatre
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The print Reference Collection includes handbooks, subject dictionaries and encyclopedias, history and criticism and more. To find reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit to Reference Collection.
Reference books for drama | theater
General Reference Works
Encyclopædia Britannica Free on the Web
Summary and in-depth articles on every branch of human knowledge.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia
Over tens of thousands of entries searchable by subject or keyword
Includes The World Almanac and Book of Facts, The World Almanac of the U.S.A., The World Almanac of U.S. Politics, The World Almanac for Kids, The World Almanac Knowledge Source, and Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia.


Newspaper Source Plus EBSCO

New York Times

Search all issues of the publication or select a date to browse.
EBSCO record

EBSCO LimitersUse EBSCO's limiters in the left sidebar to refine your search results.

Limiters are available for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, Publication Date, Source Types, Subjects and Publications.

For example, you may choose to limit to Subject: THEATRE -- Reviews (shown left) and U.S. Newspapers.


Library Guide: For general newspaper information see How to Find...Newspapers.

Drama/Theatre - Periodicals & eJournals

A-to-Z Journals List (journals, magazines, trade publications, etc.)
Sample journal titles by subject:
Drama  ~125 titles
~106 titles 
Performing Arts. Show business ~17 titles
Sample of individual journal titles:
American Theatre
Back Stage
Contemporary Theatre Review
International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media

Library Guide: For general information see: How to Find...Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Drama/Theatre - Websites

Some ORU databases include records, links, and abstracts for websites, web portals and other electronic publications. When searching for web resources in databases, use descriptive keywords and subjects, such as web portals, web sites, electronic resources, and electronic resources. EBSCO record

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920

"...a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. " Includes illustrations, play scripts, playbills and programs, sound recordings, and more. memory.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vshome.html

The Art and Science of Theater

Learn how to stage a theatrical production, including finding a script, auditioning actors, building a set, and designing the lighting. Study the history of western theater from the time of ancient Greece to the twentieth century. Find out about authors and their plays which have made an impact on the development of theater. library.thinkquest.org/21722/

ArtsAlive English Theatre

Find out how design and production, actors, playwrights, directors, and others come together to produce a performance. Includes glossary of commonly used theatre terms. www.artsalive.ca/en/eth/

Changing Stages

Learn about this PBS series that explores the influences, inspirations, and conflicts that have shaped the course of theatre. Includes biographies of significant people, timeline of important theatre events, and links to other theatre resources. www.pbs.org/wnet/changingstages/

IPL2 -- Entertainment & Leisure: Theatre

List of annotated about theatre selected by librarians. www.ipl.org/

Music Theatre International http://www.mtishows.com


News and current events related to Broadway, off Broadway, regional theatre, etc. www.playbill.com/

Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

Provided by the Library of Congress. A multimedia collection from the Library of Congress. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/vshtml/vshome.html

WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama

Gateway to international online articles, journals, museums, organizations and theatre companies and annotated links to a collections of theatre images. www.vl-theatre.com/

ORU Database QuickLinks

Use the "More..." link after a database name to go to the vendor's database description.

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