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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.
Reference Books in the Library and Online (selections)
Theatre Books in the Library and Online (selections)
Find More Theatre Books
If you don't have a particular topic in mind, browsing books is a great way to get inspired!
Search the catalog by subject:
...or browse the shelves by call number. Here are a few call number ranges to get you started:
|PN1660 - PN1693
Dramatic composition (writing)
|PN1720 - PN1861
||History of drama
|PN2055 - PN2073
|PN2085 - PN2091
||The stage, lighting, scenery, etc.
|PN2100 - PN2193
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.
Need more help?
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.
Theatre Article Databases
Academic Search Premier
Article citations from all disciplines, including theatre.
Film & Television Literature Index
Citations from scholarly articles covering all aspects of film and television theory, preservation, production, reviews, and more.
Full-text articles from over 20 scholarly theatre journals, plus more in other subjects. Excludes recent years.
Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals; IIMP)
Article citations from over 400 journals. Mostly music publications, but also includes Projection, Lights & Staging News, FRONT of HOUSE, and more.
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