Theater Databases

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Rhonda Glazier
Director of Collections Management

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Theater Databases

Note: The library subscribes to one specialized database in theater as well as several general databases that cover topics in theater. General databases are also good to use if you are looking for theater production reviews.

Digital Theatre Plus  
Digital Theatre partners with leading British theatres (Almeida Theatre, Bush, Liverpool Everyman, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Royal Court, Unicorn, Royal Shakespeare Company) to produce its content of films, interviews, and study guides in support of teaching and learning in literature, drama, theatre studies, and the performing arts. New films are added every six-to-eight weeks.

PPR: Authorized users (current students, staff, walk-in users) are permitted to search, retrieve, display, and view licensed materials by secure authentication for educational purposes (teaching, distance learning, private study, and/or research). Use of all or any part for commercial use (monetary reward) or for any purpose other than educational purposes is not allowed.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson) EBSCOhost 1982-
This general database includes articles that cover a wide range of topics in education, general science, humanities, and the social sciences. Formerly known as WilsonWeb, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition contains the full text of articles from over 2,500 publications and abstracts from nearly 3,600 publications.

Academic OneFile Gale/InfoTrac 1980-
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Academic Search Premier EBSCOhost years vary
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated on a daily basis.

JSTOR  years vary
Full-text of core journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Coverage includes the entirety of each journal with the exception of the current five years.

Project MUSE John Hopkins University years vary
Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others.

Shakespeare in Performance Adam Matthew 
Shakespeare in Performance showcases rare and unique prompt books from the world-famous Folger Shakespeare Library. These prompt books tell the story of Shakespeare's plays as they were performed in theatres throughout Great Britain, the United States and internationally, between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

Literary Criticism for Theater or Drama

MLA International Bibliography EBSCOhost  1926-
MLA International Bibliography is a database of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1926 and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.

Reference Databases

Gale Virtual Reference Library  years vary
Database of full-text encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.