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Research Guide: Theatre, Film & Dance

  • Guides for Theatre Research

    Theater and Dance Research Guide, Yale University
    This is the the Theater and Dance Research Guide from Yale University Library. It is designed for Yale students, but there is much here that may be used by the general public, such as the links under Reference Sources (more info)
    Library of Congress Online Encyclopedia
    The Performing Arts Encyclopedia provides information about the Library of Congress' unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits. (more info)
    Internet Theatre Database
    Similar to the Internet Movie Database (IMdb.com), this site is searchable by show, person, theatre, song title, character/role, and production role; there is also an advanced search option.
    Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
    Source for purchase of American plays of the past 50 years.
    A Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies
    Contains links to comprehensive sites, often unique or interesting, which are productive for researchers. (more info)
    Internet Broadway Database
    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. (more info)
    Official Website for George and Ira Gershwin
    Includes a history, timeline, anthology of both theatrical and film productions, and bibliography. (more info)
    History, Theory, & Criticism Research Guide: Theater & Dance, Yale
    Helpful guide to resources on history, theory and criticism on theater and dance - especially the web links at the bottom. (more info)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Databases

    Academic Search Premier
    Academic Search Premier is a comprehensive, scholarly, and multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 12,000 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,700 peer-reviewed journals. (more info)
    JSTOR
    Use the advanced search function to search within a specific discipline.   (more info)
    Project Muse
    A unique collaboration between libraries and the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, providing 100% full-text, online access to over 400 titles from prestigious humanities and social sciences journals and nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers. Browse by discipline and select folklore under social sciences (more info)
    ARTbibliographies Modern
    Provides abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, performance art, and the practice of art fields, including curating, arts education, and art therapy. Full coverage begins in 1974, but articles date back to the late 1960s. (more info)
    MLA Bibliography
    Literature, language, linguistics, folklore. (more info)
    INTER-PLAY
    Gives locations of printed plays in collections, anthologies and periodicals at Portland State University. (more info)
    America: History and Life
    Indexes the scholarly literature on the history of the U.S. and Canada. Includes links to full text of the articles also included in JSTOR. (more info)
    Historical Abstracts
    Indexes the scholarly literature on the history of the world, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes article abstracts and citations of books and dissertations on world history from 1450 to the present. See "America: History and Life" for U.S. and Canadian history. (more info)
  • Theatre, Film, & Dance in the News

    New York Times
    The NYT's Academic Pass program provides full access for 24-hours to the campus community. You must authenticate and register on the NYT Academic Pass site using your Lewis & Clark email address.  An email will then be sent to your inbox for confirmation.  NOTE: The campus is limited to 350 Academic Passes per day. (more info)
    New York Times - Historical
    Provides access to full text articles, photos, and advertisements in the New York Times from 1851 through 2009. (more info)
    LexisNexis Academic
    Full text of national, regional, and international newspapers, business, and legal sources and more. (more info)
    Newspaper Source
    Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided. (more info)
    Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
    Look here for citations in general magazine articles published between 1983 to the present. Use Readers' Guide Retrospective to find articles from 1890 to 1983. Watzek Library also retains the print version of this classic index. (more info)
    Vanderbilt Television News Archive
    "The world's most extensive and complete archive of television news"..."recording, preserving and providing access to television news broadcasts of the national networks since August 5, 1968." (more info)
  • Shakespeare Resources

    BBC Shakespeare
    All 37 BBC-produced Shakespeare plays; each can be watched in its entirety, or by individual act . (more info)
    Folger Shakespeare Library
    Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Access its Digital Image collection or its many research tools under "Discover Shakespeare." (more info)
    Complete works of Shakespeare, online from MIT
    Started in 1993, this site links to all works by Shakespeare. (more info)
  • Dance Resources

    Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive
    Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival. Inside this online exhibit view brief performance excerpts spanning from 1930s dance pioneers to today's most exciting artists. All recorded at Jacob's Pillow, this collection expands each month. (more info)
    CyberDance
    Collection of over 3,500 links to classical ballet and modern dance resources.
    Critical Dance
    Forum and magazine dedicated to ballet (more info)
    Dance Links
    Links to a wide range of dance. This site has extensive indexes of links to dance companies of all styles and from all countries. The "Miscellaneous Dance Resources" and "Dance Web Indices" sections have links on a wide array of dance-related topics, including health, medicine, and physiology; history, research, and reference; production resources; dance photography and videography; and many more.
    Online Ballet Dictionary:American Ballet Theatre
    Composed of 170 terms from "Technical Manual & Dictionary of Classical Ballet" published by Dover.
    Best of the Web: Dance
    Since 1994, gathering the "best of the web" for different subjects. (more info)
  • Film and Video Resources

    The Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996, the organization has grown to include texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in their collections. (more info)
    Internet Movie Database
    Source for purchase of films. Includes Awards lists, movie news and trivia.
    New York Public Library Best of the Web: Film
    From one of the premier libraries in performing arts in the country. Links on film topics such as genres, history, independent films, industry news and statistics, production, screenwriting, film festivals, stock footage resources, film schools, and international resources.
    Duke Univ's Film Resources on the Web
    Guide to resources on subject areas, reference, databases, film festivals, world cinema, and more. (more info)
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