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Core Indexes and Databases

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Subjects: Arts and humanities.
    Contains: Citations and abstracts to journal articles. Citation mapping. Some non-English language material included.
    Coverage: 1975-present
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001)
    Subjects: Film Studies
    Contains: Citations to articles on film and television.
    Coverage: 1976-2001
  • Literature Resource Center
    Subject: Literature
    Contains: Criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications, Web sites, periodical articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Subjects: Literature, folklore, language, and linguistics.
    Contains: Citations to books, journal articles, essay collections, and theses. Non-English language materials included.
    Coverage: 1923 to present.
  • Play Index
    Subject: Plays written or translated into English from antiquity to present. Includes classic drama, radio plays, puppet performances, etc.
    Contains: Citations to plays in books and collections.
    Coverage dates: publication dates 1949 to present


Provides links to a number of websites related to theater. Resources are organized by subject, such as an Introduction to theater, actors/acting, stage acting/technical theater, plays/playwrights, Shakespeare, non-profit theater/arts organizations, and regional resources. Also provides links to other online theater guides. Indexed in Web of Science.

  • Digital Librarian: Performing Arts
    Maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York. Divided into subject categories. No keyword searching
  • Internet Theatre Database
    Searchable database within formation (opened, closed, performances, etc.) on most Broadway shows since 1975, and most Broadway musicals for the past 50 years. Complete cast and production lists are available for selected year
  • Literary Resources
    This page is part of the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers – Newark
  • NYU Theater and Performance Studies Resource
    A guide for students and professors interested in Theatre and Performance Studies topics LibGuide from
    NYU librarian Pamela Bloom
  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    A digital library of music, theater, and dance at the Library of Congress. Formerly known as I Hear America Singing and LC Presents: Music, Theater and Dance.
    Theater, Drama, Performance Art Web sites (New Zealand site)
    The history of theater by country, theatres, and genres.
  • Voice of Shuttle: Media Studies
    Covers media theory and history, journalism, TV, film, radio, comics, cyberculture, and more.
  • WWW Virtual Library
    Theater and Drama
    This gateway site features a simple and appealing homepage listing 17 clickable categories leading to a multitude of links, lists, and archives in addition to a free-text search feature. Categories include international theater companies and schools; book dealers; announcements of conferences; mailing lists and news groups; a list of scholarly dramatic books; play, monologue, and image archives, and more."—Choice (a llibrary review journal)

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