Research Guides: Drama

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Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • US History
  • Humanities and social science
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF


Backstage Some full text available
  • Music, Theater
  • Acting Resources, Casting Notices, Newspapers, Theater Reviews
  • All full-text
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JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Art History, Business, Economics, Education, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Sciences
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF
  • Archival coverage of journals back to first issue
  • Moving wall embargo – full-text may not be available for most current 1-5 years, depending on publication 

Literary Reference Center Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Literature
  • Biographies, Literacy Criticism, Book Reviews, Poems, Short Stories, E-books
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • Publications include Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature, Beacham's Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (six volumes), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature, and many more
  • EBSCOHost search interface

Literature Critical Insights Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • All full-text
  • E-book versions of Salem Press Critical Insights series (Print copies available in the library)
  • See full-list of titles available 

Literature Resource Center Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Literature
  • Literary Criticism, Scholarly Journals, Biographies, Magazines, Encyclopedias, Book Reviews
  • All full-text
  • Publications include Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, and many more


Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television
Print Location: PN2012 .W51
Reference Collection
Critical Survey of Drama: English Language Series
Print Location: PR623 .C75 1985
Reference Collection
6 vols.
Critical Survey of Drama: Foreign Language Series
Print Location: PN1625 .C74 1986
Reference Collection
6 vols.
Drama Criticism: Criticism of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Dramatic Works from All the World's Literatures
Print Location: PN1625 .D72
Reference Collection
Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage
Print Location: Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage
Reference Collection
2 vols.
Kabuki Encyclopedia
Print Location: PN2924.5 .K3 L44
Reference Collection
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
Print Location: PN1625 M3
Reference Collection
4 vols.
Notable Names in the American Theatre
Print Location: PN2285 N6 1976
Reference Collection
Oxford Companion to American Theatre
Print Location: PN2220 .B6 1992
Reference Collection
Oxford Companion to the Theatre
Print Location: PN2035 O9 1993
Reference Collection


International Dictionary of Theater Language
Print Location: PN2035 .I5 1985
Reference Collection


Costume Gallery Resource contains images
Source: Penny E. Dunlap Ladnier
All facets of costume and its history from textiles through hairstyles are covered at this site, with commercial links to suppliers and designers. Much free information.
History of Theatre
Source: Tupelo Community Theatre
An introductory history of the theater, defined here as an art form consisting of works written for the stage and to be performed by actors. Touches on ancient, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Shakespearean, 18th through 20th century, and community theater.
Internet Broadway Database
Source: League of American Theaters and Producers
"IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today."
Broadway and theater news as well as jobs and openings and closings.

Primary Sources

Book of 1000 Plays
Print Location: PN6112.5 .F54 1989
Reference Collection
Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Source: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
A searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials, including newspaper clippings, promotional and production photographs, sheet music, publicity posters, lobby cards, moving images, and recorded sound.
Subject Specialist
Picture: Alyssa Valenti

Alyssa Valenti
Electronic Resources Librarian
Tel: ext. 8351

Book Search
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  • PN -- Literature (General)
  • PN1600-3307 -- Drama
  • PN2000-3307 -- Dramatic representation. The theater
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