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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Some common subject headings
Drama technique
Theater history [may subdivide by century]
Authors (Last name, first name, dates) and individual works are can be listed as subject headings.
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983
Baraka, Imamu Amiri, 1934-
Many subjects can take the add-on "--Drama";
Faeries -- Drama
Also, many subject headings use a subdivision for criticism:
--History and criticism [for inanimate subects]
--Criticism and interpretation [for authors & characters]
Hellman, Lillian, 1906- -- Criticism and interpretation
Lear, King (Legendary character) -- Legends -- History and criticism

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At other Ohio Libraries OhioLINK Catalog
In North America For ILL WorldCat

Reference Books

Guide to Critical Reviews
PN 2266 .S16
Index to critical play reviews published before 1973; has a 1982 supplement; separate volumes for American Drama, Musicals and Foreign Drama.
New York Theatre Critics' Reviews
PN 2000 .N3 1940-1996
Full articles from several New York newspapers, covering reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and regional-theatre productions.

Web Sites

International Federation for Theatre Research
Resource guide to theatre from many different eras and areas
Theatre History on the Web
A guide to online resources in theatre history.
Internet Broadway Database
"IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics."
The Costumer's Manifesto
Costume history, timeslines and links to instructions for making costumes.
Digital Theatre Archive
An impressive collection of mostly programs from Northern Irish theatres; also included are some handbills, posters, photographs, letters, news cuttings and unpublished scripts.

Reviews and Periodicals

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Periodical indexes and databases for Theatre Research

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance Indexing and (some) full text articles and books on theatre and theatre history.
America: History and Life Articles and books on U.S andCanadian history, prehistory-present.
Historical Abtracts Articles and books on non-U.S/Canadian history, 1450-present.
Humanities Full Text
(1980-present )
Scholarly articles in the humanities, with some fulltext
Academic Search Complete Indexes about 2000 periodicals -- both scholarly journals and popular magazines; covers 1986-Present, with some fulltext coverage starting in the early 1990s.
Nexis Uni Full text newspapers, ca. 1980-present, including theatre reviews. Covers both U.S. and national newspapers.
New York Times - Historical Full text and page images of the New York Times, 1851 - 5 years ago.
American Drama Criticism
Ref. PS 332 .D7 P33 1992
Index to critical reviews of American plays from 1890 - 1990
MLA Bibliography
(1963- ) 
Primarily a language and literature database, this will cover the literary aspects of drama.
New York Times Index
(1851- )
To find theatre reviews under Theatre - [title of play]. NYT Index can be found in the Indexes shelving downstairs in the periodical area.
New York Theatre Wire Current New York theatre news and reviews

Locating Journals:

At Wittenberg:
Online Fulltext Journal Listing -- covers periodicals in electronic form only; follow the "Repeat Search on In-Library Periodical Holdings" to find out about print coverage of journals.
At other Ohio academic libraries:
OhioLINK Central Catalog (Note: you cannot get periodicals through OhioLINK)

Compiled by Ken Irwin.

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