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Theatre: Research

There are many more resources available than what's in this guide, so if you can't find material for your topic, ask a librarian for help!

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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.

Research Databases


Reference Books in the Library and Online (selections)

Find more theatre reference books

Search subjects in the catalog:

Drama > Bibliography
Drama > Bio-bibliography
Theater > Dictionaries
Theater > Encyclopedias


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:

Call Number Topic
PN1660 - PN1693

Dramatic composition (writing)

PN1720 - PN1861 History of drama
PN2055 - PN2073 Acting
PN2085 - PN2091 The stage, lighting, scenery, etc.
PN2100 - PN2193 Theatre history


Journal Article Databases

thinkerLibrary 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:

  1. Choose a database.
  2. Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
  3. 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

Suggest a Resource

Know of a resource you think should be added to this guide? Let us know!

Find Full Text Articles

Search eJournal Locator for the journal title:

 Journal Title:

Need help? See our article help page or ask a librarian.

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