Library Resources for DRAM 4333 – Theatre History and Dramaturgy

Reference Sources

Hawkins-Dady, Mark, Leanda Shrimpton, and David Pickering. International Dictionary of Theatre. 3 vols. Chicago: St. James Press, 1992-1996. PN 2035 .I49 1992 – Reference Collection

Patterson, Michael. The Oxford Dictionary of Plays. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. PN 1625 .P38 2005 – Reference Collection

Rollyson, Carl E. and Frank N. Magill. Critical Survey of Drama. 2nd rev. ed. 8 vols. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2003. PN 1625 .C68 2003 – Reference Collection

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

The online version of one of the most authoritative and comprehensive encyclopedias.

Finding Reviews

Click on the arrow next to the main search box and select Articles

  • On the results page, look for the “View Now” button for online full-text access

Example search: < name of play AND theater AND review >

Hint: Put multi-word titles in quotations marks (ex. “Hedda Gabler”)

Newspaper Databases

Example search: < Phaedra AND Racine >

Researching Theatre History

Encyclopedias – Broad overview of a topic

Books – More in-depth than encyclopedias, but not as narrowly focused as journal articles

Articles (from scholarly journals) – Takes a very specific topic and explores it in-depth

 Recommended Databases

Example topic:  English Renaissance Theatre

  • Book search: < England AND Renaissance AND theatre >
  • Article search: < England AND Renaissance AND theatre AND women >