A guide to library research tools for theatre.
- International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
Search articles, books, book chapters, reviews, and dissertations on theatre and performance. Includes some full-text articles and books.
- Play Index
Covers a variety of types of plays, including one-act plays, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama, and monologues from several time periods.
- World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
A comprehensive bibliography of Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide.
The resources below cover literature, although also include scholarship related to theatre.
- Literature Online (LION)
Includes the Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature(ABELL).
- MLA Bibliography
References to articles in the fields of literature, drama, linguistics, folklore, and cultural studies.
The resources below broadly cover the humanities, and so also include scholarship related to theatre.
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
Indexes hundreds of communication and media journals with full-text for many articles.
- Humanities Source
Full-text access to hundreds of journals and indexes articles, fiction, book reviews, and reviews in the humanities.
- JSTOR Scholarly Journal Archive
A collection of scholarly journals in many fields. Includes deep historical coverage but current years are excluded.
- Project MUSE
A collection of major journals in the humanities and social sciences. Includes many major theatre journals, including Comparative Drama, Modern Drama, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Shakespeare Quarterly, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theater, among others.
- TLS, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive
Includes reviews, articles, and letters. 1902 - 2008.
- Literature Online (LION)
Contains full-text of many plays written prior to twentieth century. To browse, select Browse Compete Contents, then Texts, then All Full Text Drama.
- Women Writers Online
Contains 66 plays written by women between 1526 and 1850. Published by Brown University.
- Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Contains scanned reproductions of the works of thousands of authors published prior to 1700 in all fields and genres. Overall dates of coverage: 1475-1700.
- Theatre in Video
Hundreds of performances in many different genres. Also includes documentaries on playwrights and performers.
Streaming video of contemporary theatre, dance, and performance art. Sponsored by On the Boards in Seattle. 2009 - present.
- Filmakers Library Online
Streaming video of documentaries from a wide range of disciplines, including dance and theatre.