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Theatre / Drama Research Guide: Articles & Reference
This guide will assist Theatre/Drama students in finding information and tools for research, assignments, and for furthering their knowledge and understanding in their chosen fields of study.
Find books, articles, films, and MORE with a single search, from the SHSU library catalog and a large number of selected databases.
JSTORHuge collection of full-text articles in back issues of journals in most subject areas. Review dates and journals included by subject and alphabetically.
Humanities SourceProvides many of the most important academic journals in the humanities. Includes feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.
Literary Reference CenterInformation on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Contains thousands of plot summaries, synopses, work overviews, literary criticism articles/essays, author biographies and interviews, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems and short stories, classic texts, and much more. Also includes a wide range of leading encyclopedias and other works in literary studies.
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Access World NewsSearch current and archived state, regional, national and international full-text articles on issues, events, business, education, government, politics and more with thousands of newspapers, news journals, news videos, newswires and web-only content. Includes Acceda Noticias, Access Broadcast Transcripts, Access Business News, Access Military, Government & Defense, and Access Newswires.
Biography Index Past and PresentBiography Index Past and Present is a bibliographic database that cites biographical material appearing in selected periodicals, current books of individual and collective biography, and incidental biographical material in otherwise non-biographical books. Periodicals cover all major subject areas. Biographical subjects indexed range from antiquity to the present and represent all fields and nationalities.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete OnlineComplete online access to all volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, the main series, as well as the Dictionary of Literary Biography Documentary Series and the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Series. Provides comprehensive literary biographies of past and present authors, historians, journalists, screenwriters, publishers, and playwrights, with coverage of lives and careers as well as the critical response to their works.
Dictionary of National Biography(number of simultaneous users is limited) An illustrated collection of specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past since the fourth century BC.
Oxford Reference(number of simultaneous users is limited) Combines quick reference coverage of the full subject spectrum with the rich resources of the Oxford Companions from ready-reference to comprehensive scholarly articles. See the titles in Oxford Reference.
Credo Reference Complete Core CollectionThe Complete Core Collection is the ultimate general reference resource for researchers at any level. Curated by subject-matter experts to address over 100 topics, the Complete Core Collection provides a launch pad for every lifelong learner. Complete Core offers a growing list of over 1,100 titles to help users answer their immediate research need and engage their curiosity. Content – from major reference works, to multi-volume subject encyclopedias, to field guides, to scholarly handbooks, to animations and countless other award-winning sources – spans across all disciplines with something for libraries of all types. Also included are nearly 2,000 short reference videos, more than 550,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.
Oxford BibliographiesThese authoritative guides combine the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia in these 14 subject areas: American Literature; Art History; Atlantic History; British and Irish Literature; Childhood Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; Criminology; Education; Medieval Studies; Military History; Music; Psychology; Sociology; Victorian Literature.
A to Z World CultureProvides details on culture, history, geography, business, etc. for 175 countries, including unique sections on Stereotypes, Superstitions, and Folklore.
Vogue Archive (1892-present)Entire run of Vogue magazine from 1892-present, including text, images, captions, advertisements, covers, and fold-outs. Useful for researching fashion design and marketing, popular culture, photography and visual arts, gender, social history, designing period costumes, and more.
Looking for a specific journal? Journals A to Z links users to journals available through any Newton Gresham Library database. It is possible to locate journals by title and subject.
Journals A to Z is not an article database, it is a portal to database availability within the library collection. As with all Newton Gresham Library databases, users will need to authenticate before proceeding with using Journals A to Z from off campus.
Selection of Available Journals
Modern Drama is the most prominent journal in English to focus on dramatic literature. The journal features refereed articles written from a variety of geo-political points of view, both formal and historical, of the dramatic literature of the past two centuries; there is also an extensive book review section.
TDR: The Drama Review
TDR provides scholarship on performances and their social, economic and political contexts. With an emphasis on the experimental, avant-garde, intercultural and interdisciplinary, it covers dance theatre, performance art, popular entertainment, media, sports, rituals and performance in politics and everyday life.
Mimesis Journal gathers authors from different countries and generations concerned in contemporary theatre and performance. Its critical attitude is trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary, that is, not just historicising but mainly phenomenological. Published by Accademia University Press, the journal proposes twice a year articles written in Italian, French or English.
Theatre Survey is chartered by the American Society for Theatre Research as a theatre history journal. Its theatrical and historical orientations are broadly conceived. Performance-centered and historiographic studies from all points across the historical, cultural, and methodological spectra are welcome. Recent issues have included an article on the early professional deaf theatre in post-Stalinist Soviet Union, a study of the gestural vocabulary found in surviving images of early commedia dell'arte, a philosophical treatise by Alan Badiou, and an essay on the impact of neoliberalism—from the classroom to the department to the “global university”—that suggests how theatre and performance scholars might approach the political difficulties currently threatening the mission of higher education.