Finding Background Info
Literature Resource Center great source of biographical and critical info about playwrights
Oxford Reference Online: Performing Arts includes Oxford subject encyclopedias in the performing arts and other subjects
Cambridge Companions search across volumes on authors (Arthur Miller, August Wilson, American Women Playwrights), genre (Companion to American Modernism), and more
Finding Play Texts
Play Index search by author, title, cast characteristics; use "get it @ duke" button to find plays in the library or online
Online playscripts plus images, playbills, and more:
EEBO (Early English Books Online, 1475-1700)
ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collection Online, 1701-1800)
Streaming Video & Audio
BBC Shakespeare collection Between 1978 and 1985, the BBC televised Shakespeare's entire canon of 37 plays.
OntheBoards.TV View full-length performances by some of today's most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other non-traditional forms.
Theater in video Watch performances of the world's leading plays, together with film documentaries
Audio Drama: LA Theatre Works Radio performances of classic plays, modern works, and docudramas.
Finding Scholarly Articles, Reviews, & More: Research Databases
Specific to Theater
IIPA International Index to the Performing Arts; reviews and critical articles
MLA International Bibliography core literature database, good source for critical articles, dramatic literature, but not reviews
ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature) from the UK: critical articles, dramatic literature
Academic One File scholarly journals in all fields, plus popular/media sources
Humanities International Complete good coverage of theater and other humanities subjects
Proquest scholarly journals in all fields, plus popular/media sources
Popular/News Sources (popular media performance reviews, author/actor interviews)
America's Newspapers full text newspapers (scroll down for link)
America's Historical Newspapers 1690-1922
Lexis Nexis Academic full text newspapers, magazines, TV and radio news transcripts
Proquest Historical Newspapers Atlanta Constitution (1868-1939), Atlanta Daily World (1932-2003), Chicago Defender (1905-1975), Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), New York Times (1851-2004), Wall Street Journal (1889-1990), and the Washington Post (1877-1991)
Find Books, Films, & More: Duke Catalog, SearchTRLN and Worldcat
The library catalog (click on Books & Media tab)is the Libraries' inventory of what we own or have access to at Duke. Locate books, playscripts, films, recordings, journals, and more. Start with a keyword search, and narrow results using the column on the left.
Sample search: "cabaret" search in subject heading
Search TRLN is a combined library catalog for research libraries in the Triangle. Use it to find and request books from UNC-Chapel Hill, NCCU, or NC State. Delivery to campus in 2-3 business days.
Can't wait? You can use your Duke Card to check books out and access online resources at TRLN partner libraries if you make the trip yourself!
WorldCat is a combined library catalog for most libraries in the US, please several in the UK and elsewhere. Use "get it @ Duke" to request what Duke doesn't own via Document Delivery/nterlibrary Loan. Allow at least 2 weeks.
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