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Journal Article Databases
Library databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most articles/chapters focus on a narrow and specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. To get started:
- Choose a database.
- Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
- Limit your results by date, language, and more with the the left-hand menu on the results page.
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See our Article help page for step-by-step instructions and videos to help you search databases and find full-text articles. And you can always ask a librarian for individual help.
Film & Television Literature Index This link opens in a new window
Great for finding citations to articles on movie musicals. A subject search for "musical theater" or "musicals" is a good way to see what types of articles you will find in this database.
Music Index Online This link opens in a new window
A good source for finding citations for a mix of scholarly articles and magazine articles on music theatre.
Music Periodicals Database (was International Index to Music Periodicals; IIMP) This link opens in a new window
Includes citations and full text for thousands of articles, including reviews, news, biographical profiles, research articles, interviews, obituaries, and more.
RILM This link opens in a new window
A good source for finding citations for scholarly articles and books on music theatre.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Full-text articles from almost 100 scholarly music, dance, and theatre journals, plus other subjects. Excludes recent years.
Academic Search Premier This link opens in a new window
Article citations from all disciplines, including music, dance, and theatre.
Books in the Library
The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical by
Call Number: ML1711 O935 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2011
Essays on the most important and compelling issues in the growing, interdisciplinary field of musical-theater and film-musical studies.
The Musical As Drama by
Call Number: ML2054 M35 M87 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2006
Explores the musical as a different form of theater, requiring the suspension of the plot for song. Studies of the principles and conventions behind musical shows from Kern to Sondheim.
Musical Theatre by
Call Number: ML2054 K45 2017 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2017
A core text and an insightful and accessible celebration of twenty-five centuries of great theatrical entertainment.
Reframing the Musical by
Call Number: ML3918 M85 R447 2019 [Allen shelves]
Publication Date: 2019
Questions ideas about what the musical is about and who it for, retelling the story of the musical and prioritizing previously neglected voices to reshape our understanding of the form.
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Reference resources include dictionaries, encyclopedias, and more.
They often provide a short overview of a topic, then point to more resources you can use for further research.
A Chronology of American Musical Theater by
Call Number: ML1711 N88 C v.1-3 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2002
Information on cast and crew, songs, set designers, composers, lyricists, and more for over 3,000 musicals, operettas, and revues from the 1860s to 1997.
Encyclopedia of Musical Theater by
Call Number: ML102 M88 G36E 2001 v.1-3 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2001
Information on people, songs, and shows from the dawn of operetta in the 18th century to the present.
The Musical: A Research and Information Guide by
Call Number: ML128 M78 E93 2011 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2011
More than 1,400 annotated entries related to the genre. Includes lists of reference works, books, articles, anthologies, multimedia, and electronic resources.
Show Tunes by
Call Number: ML128 S6 S86 [Allen reference]
Publication Date: 2000
Fully chronicles over 900 shows and almost 8,000 show tunes, both well-known and previously lost works, from some of the most influential names of American musical theatre.
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