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Theatre 275: Theatres in the Age of Print

Finding Books

Using Catalogs to locate books:

1.)  Ariadne

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number

2.)  MeLCat

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  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • About MeLCat

3.)  WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number
  • Waldo Library: Hours and How to get to Western

4.)  WorldCat and 5.)  Interlibrary Loan

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Order item through Interlibrary Loan

See also: Library of Congress Classification...

Useful sources in Reference:

  • The Oxford Encyclopedia Of Theatre & Performance, Ref. PN2035 .O94 2003
  • The Oxford Companion To American Theatre, Ref. PN2220 .B6 2004
  • A Chronology Of American Musical Theater, Ref. ML1711.8.N3 N67 2002
  • The Continuum Companion To Twentieth Century Theatre, Ref. PN2035 .C65 2002
  • Critical Survey Of Drama, Ref. PN1625 .C68 2003
  • The Crown guide to the world's great plays, from ancient Greece to modern times, Ref. PN 6112.5 .S45 1984.
  • The History of World Theater, Ref. PN 2104 .B413 1991.
  • Cambridge Guide to Theatre, Ref. PN 2035 .C27 1995
  • Oxford Companion to the Theatre, Ref. PN 2035 .O9 1983
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography, Ref. PS 221 .D45.
  • Theatre: history, criticism, and reference, Ref. Z 5781 .C48
  • Analytical sourcebook of concepts in dramatic theory, Ref. Z 5781 .B84
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance, Ref. CB 361 .E52 1999

Circulating Collection

  • The Oxford illustrated history of theatre, PN 2111 .O84 1995
  • The theatre in history, PN 2037 .K38 1989

 Finding Journal Articles

Off-Campus Access to Licensed Resources

Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers

Scholarly Journals (Theatre Journal)

  • Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review process.
  • Articles usually report original scholarly research.
  • Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines (Time, Atlantic Monthly)

  • Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
  • Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain many advertisements.
  • There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
  • Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
  • Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).


Scholarly or Not?
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Online
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (Ref. Desk Z6941 .U5)
Look for section called "Document Type"
Document Type MUST say "Academic/Scholarly Publication" to be considered scholarly!

Journal List

Useful journals:
  Name Indexed By Full-Text Online
  Theatre Journal MLA, Humanities Abstracts Full Text Access
  Theatre Survey MLA, Humanities Abstracts Full Text Access
  Theatre Research International MLA, Humanities Abstracts Full Text Access
  The Drama review (TDR) MLA, Humanities Abstracts Full Text Access
  Asian Theatre Journal MLA, Full Text Access

What Journals does the Library Own?

  • In paper - Check Ariadne - search on your discipline or subject area, and in Step 2, limit the location to "Periodicals"
  • Online - Check Online Journals at K - to find out what online journals the Library subscribes to

Is a particular journal covered in a specific Index?

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Online

Do you have access to a journal?  

1.)  Ariadne (print)

  • Title search on Title of the Journal to locate print journal

2.)  Online Journals at K

  • Title search on Title of the Journalto locate article in a Full Text Database

3.)  WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog

4.)  Interlibrary Loan

Journal Indexes

Advanced Search Help

MLA Bibliography
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography indexes 4,000 English language and international periodicals, as well as books and book chapters.
It includes critical works on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. There are no abstracts.
Coverage: 1925 - Present.

Some Theatre Journals indexed in the MLA Bibliography:
American Drama Studies in Modern Drama
Comparative Drama TDR: Drama Review
Drama and Theatre Text and Performance Quarterly
Drama Review Theater: TheoryTextPerformance
Drama Survey Theater
Drama and Theatre Theatre History Studies
JTD: Journal of Theatre and Drama Theatre Journal
Modern Drama Theatre Research International
Modern Dramatists Theatre Studies
Performing Arts Journal Theatre Survey
Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism Theatre Topics
Literature in Performance Theatre Annual

Arts & Humanities Citation Index  (from Web of Knowledge)
Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information and cited references found in nearly 1,150 of the world's leading arts & humanities journals. Cited reference searching.
Coverage: 1993 - Present

Some Theatre Journals indexed in the Arts & Humanities Citation Index:
Comparative Drama Modern Drama
Theater Theatre History Studies
Theatre Journal Theatre Notebook
Theatre Studies Theatre Research International
TDR The Drama Review Theatre Survey

Historical Abstracts
An index to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).
Published since 1954. Over 2,000 journals are covered in the database.

Humanities Abstracts
Bibliographic index that covers English language periodicals in the humanities. Feature articles are indexed, as are interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, and reviews of plays, operas, ballets, dance, musicals, movies, television and radio. Offers detailed abstracts.
Coverage: Indexing - 1984 - present; Abstracting - 1994 - present.

Some Theatre Journals indexed in Humanities Abstracts:
American Theatre Theatre History Studies
Performing Arts Journal Theatre Journal
Comparative Drama Theatre Notebook
Drama Theatre Research International
Modern Drama Theatre Survey
The Drama Review  


Essay and General Literature Index
Cites essays contained in anthologies and collections published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Coverage spans the humanities and social sciences, including literary works, art history, drama, and film. Indexing: 1985 to present.

See the Theatre Research Guide: Indexes and Databases to help select an Index.

Theatre Reviews

To find articles published before 1980, you may search the New York Times 1851- 3 yrs. ago
(ProQuest Historical Newspapers, contains full text online of New York Times articles from 1851- 3 yrs. ago)

New York Times 1851- 3 yrs. ago (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full Text of the New York Times from 1851- 3 yrs. ago; all articles in PDF format.

Another source you may use is the New York Times Index in *print*. You must know the year that the play was produced, and look in the index volume for that year. The Index is alphabetical by subject. Under T, look for Theater - Reviews. Then look for the title of your play in the Theater - Reviews section.

The New York Times Index [Print]
Reference storage, call number: AI21 .N48
Library has: 1851 - 1997

Once you have found the citation to your pre-1980 play review in the New York Times, you will need to find your review in the New York Times, either through the online New York Times 1851- 3 yrs. ago, or on microfilm.

The New York Times [Microform]
Reference, Microfilm area, first floor, AP2 .N4
Library has: 1851- 2004

The New York Times [newspaper in print]
Newspapers, second floor
Library has: last 30 days

New York Times Index Online Index
Full text of all New York Times articles. 1995 - present.
You must be in Michigan to access this index. Updated daily

Full Text Databases

Online Journals at K

Project Muse
Project MUSE offers the full text of Johns Hopkins University Press scholarly journals via the world wide web. Journals from these disciplines are included: the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

Theatre journals in Project Muse: (full-text)
  PAJ - A Journal of Performance & Art Theatre
  Theatre Topics TDR (The Drama Review)
  Theatre Journal  

Contains indexed and abstracted articles in ASCII full text. The database is comprised of records from Readers' Guide Abstracts, Social Sciences Abstracts, Humanities Abstracts, General Science Abstracts and Business Abstracts.
(Please note that each periodical can begin on a different month and year.)
Coverage: 1994-Present.

Theatre Journals indexed in OmniFile: (full-text)
  Theatre History Studies 01/01/1998-present
  Theatre Survey 01/01/1995-present
  TDR: The Drama Review 04/01/1998-present

Proquest Research Library is a fulltext database providing access to over 2,000 periodicals. Graphics are included with the fulltext for many articles. Users may search the entire database or select specific subject modules (examples include Arts, Women's Studies and Humanities). Users also may select to search peer-reviewed journals only.

Theatre journals in Proquest (go into Arts Module):
  American Theatre Theatre Journal
  Comparative Drama Theatre Research International
  Drama TDR (The Drama Review)
  Modern Drama Theatre Survey

JSTOR Title List.

Some of the Literature titles in JSTOR:
  African American Review Journal of the History of Ideas
  American Historical Review Journal of Modern History
  American Literature MLN Modern Language Notes
  American Quarterly Nineteenth-Century Literature
  Callaloo Representations
  ELH (English Literary History) Reviews in American History
  Journal of American History  


WorldCat contains bibliographic citations for high-quality Web sites on a variety of subjects. When you search WorldCat for Web sites, remember to check the box for "Internet Resources" in the section called "Limit type to". Sites are selected according to a collection development policy that emphasizes quality, authoritativeness, and durability.

See the Following Web Sites:

Use these points to evaluate the credibility of Websites:

1. Accuracy
How reliable is the information? Are there editors and fact checkers?
2. Authority
What are the author's qualifications? Is the publisher reputable?
3. Objectivity
Is the author trying to sway opinion? Is the information free from bias?
4. Currency
Is the publication date indicated? Is the source up to date?
5. Coverage
Does the site cover the topic comprehensively, or are there information gaps?

Sites that provide guidance on evaluating Websites:

 Citing Your Sources

See How to Cite Sources for help in citing print and electronic resources in various bibliographic styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
7th ed., New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
Reference, LB2369 .G53 2009.

ALWAYS check the style manual!! DO NOT rely on other guides!