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Theatre Arts Reference Sources: A Selected List
Table of Contents:

Basic Guides
  • General
    • Guide To Reference Books
      11th Ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996. 2,020p.
      A bibliography of available reference sources.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto Z1035.1 .G89 1996
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    • Walford's guide to reference material
      • Location(s): Ent/Fish/Wild Library Reference Z1035.1 .W33
      Magrath Reference Z1035.1 .W33x
      Walter Sci/Eng Library Books (Level F) Z1035.1 .W33
      Walter Sci/Eng Library Reference (Rm 206) Z1035.1 .W33
      Wilson Z1035.1 .W33
      Wilson Quarto Z1035.1 .W33
      Wilson Reference Z1035.1 .W33
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  • Theatre Arts
    • Literary Research Guide: A Guide to Reference Sources for the Study of Literatures in English
      A guide to reference sources for the study of literatures in English and related topics.
      • Location(s): WILSON Reference PR83 .H37x 2002
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Bibliographies
  • Bibliographies of Bibliographies
    • World Bibliography of Bibliographies
      Supplement information: A world bibliography of bibliographies, 1964-1974 : a list of works represented by Library of Congress printed catalog cards : a decennial supplement to Theodore Besterman, A world bibliography of bibliographies / compiled by Alice F. Toomey ; with a foreword by Francesco Cordasco. Location: Wilson Library Quarto Z1002 .T67 Regular Loan & Wilson Library Reference Quarto Z1002 .B5685 SuppN.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference Z1002 .B5685
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    • Index to American Author Bibliographies
      If you are looking for bibliographies on an American author--major or minor--this is the easiest source to use. Two limitations: lists bibliographies in periodicals only, and the cutoff date is 1970.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PS88 .H39x 1971
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    • Bibliography of Bibliographies in American Literature
      Lists bibliographies on authors, subjects, genres, and themes in American literature. Excellent when you are working not only on particular writers but also on important ideas and influences.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PS88 .N5x 1970
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  • Theatre Arts
    • English Theatrical Literature 1559-1900: A Bibliography Incorporating Robert W. Lowe's A Bibliographical Account of English Theatrical Literature
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 2581 .A7x 1970
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    • Theatre and Allied Arts: A Guide to Books Dealing with the History, Criticism and Technique of the Drama and Theatre and Related Arts and Crafts
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 1655 .B27x 1952
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    • Bibliography of theatre history in Canada : the beginnings through 1984
      Bibliographie d'histoire du théâtre au Canada : des débuts-fin 1984
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 2301 .B28 1993
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    • Annals of English drama, 975-1700
      an analytical record of all plays, extant or lost, chronologically arranged and indexed by authors, titles, dramatic companies &C
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference PR 625 .H37x 1989
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    • MLA International Bibliography Authentication Required
      The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
    • Catalog of the Theatre and Drama Collections
      Drama Collection: Listing by Cultural Origin. 6 vols.
      Drama Collection: Author Listing. 6 vols.
      Theatre Collection:Books on the Theatre. 9 vols.
      Drama Collection: First Supplement. 1973. 1 vol. ; Theatre Collection: First Supplement. 1973. 1 vol.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference Folio PN1655 .N4 1967
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Encyclopedias, Hanbooks, Compendia
  • American Theatre Companies 1749-1887
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 2237 .A43 1986
    1888-1930 Location: Wilson Reference PN 2256 .A44 1989
    1931-1986 Location: Wilson Reference PN 2266 .A54 1989
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  • Index to Characters in the Performing Arts
    pt. 1. Non-musical plays; an alphabetical listing of 30,000 characters. 2 v.
    pt. 2. Operas, and musical productions. 2 v.
    pt. 3. Ballets A-Z and symbols.
    pt. 4. Radio and television.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 1579 .S45
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  • World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
    Volume 1: Europe. Volume 2: Americas. Volume 3: Africa. Volume 4: The Arab World. Volume 5: Asia Pacific. Volume 6: Bibliography/Cumulative Index
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference PN 2189 .W67x 1994
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Dictionaries Biographical Works
  • Indexes
    • Author Biographies Master Index
      Index to over 650,000 citations about authors from 225 biographical dictionaries and directories of writers.
      • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto PN452 .A9x
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    • Biography Index: A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines
      Quarterly, with annual (formerly three-year) cumulations. The best known and most often used
      biographical index, it covers over 3,000 periodicals and numerous books.
      Search by name or occupation.

      • Location(s): Wilson Reference CT214 .B56x
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  • Directories
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography [print edition]

      British and Irish Dramatists Since World War II -- vol. 245
      British Dramatists Since World War II -- vol. 13
      Elizabethan Dramatists -- vol. 62
      French Dramatists, 1789-1914 -- vol. 192
      Jacobean and Caroline Dramatists -- vol. 58
      Modern British Dramatists -- vol. 10
      Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Dramatists -- vols. 80,84,89
      Twentieth-century American dramatists -- vol. 266


      • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto PS21 .D55x
    • Contemporary Authors Online Authentication Required
      A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields. Provides complete biographical and bibliographical references for more than 100,000 authors in the U.S. and around the world.
    • Directory of American Scholars : A Biographical Directory
      8th ed. 4 vols. Vol. 3 is Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Philology.
      • Location(s): WILSON Reference LA2311 .C32 2002 6 vol. ; WILSON Stacks Quarto LA2311 .C32 ; MAGRATH Stacks LA2311 .C32 ; WALTER Reference
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    • National Faculty Directory
      Useful directory for identifying location of faculty, however no background information is provided.
      • Location(s): Quarto L901.N34
      Latest edition in WILSON Reference (Desk); MAGRATH Reference; MATHEMATICS; WALTER SCI/ENG Reference; VETERINARY MEDICINE; BIO-MED Reference L901 N277
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Illustrations and Costumes
  • Encyclopedia of world costume
    Covers ancient to modern costumes and accessories including those of North American Indians, and industrial and protective clothing.
    • Location(s): Magrath Library Reference Quarto GT507 .Y37
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  • Bibliography of Costume
    A Dictionary Catalog of about Eight Thousand Books and Periodicals. The 1939 edition is in Wilson;the 1967 is in Magrath.
    • Location(s): WILSON Reference GT510 .H49x ;1939 MAGRATH Reference PN1995.9.C56 H55x 1967
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Theses and Dissertations
  • Digital Dissertations Authentication Required
    Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities.
  • Index to Theses With Abstracts Accepted for Higher Education Degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland and the Council for National Academic Awards
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Quarto Z 5055 .G69 A84
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Reviews and Critiques of Plays Book Review Sources
  • Book Review Index Online Plus Authentication Required
    Includes more than five million review citations from over 5,800 books and periodicals, with linking to more than 630,000 full-text reviews.
    • Location(s): Print version available at Wilson Reference Z1035 .A1 B6
  • Index to Book Reviews in the Humanities
    Excellent source for the humanities, including history, including many references to lengthy reviews. Check the year of publication and at least four years afterwards.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference Z1035 .A1 I63
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  • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Wissenschaftlicher Literatur
    Continues Bibliographie der Rezensionen, 1900-1943. No coverage for the years 1944-1968. Excellent for locating hard- to-find reviews of international books. Many books in English are cited as well.
    • Location(s): Wilson Reference (Desk) Z1035 .A1 I67x
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Indexes
  • Periodicals
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (included in Web of Science)
      Note: A&HCI is no longer searchable as a separate index.
      (1) Start by clicking on this link, which takes you to the Web of Science main page.
      (2) In the search box enter one or more key words.
      (3) On the next page, under Research Domains, select Arts and Humanities to limit your results.
      (4) Hints: Your choice of words can influence the results. For example, "hydraulic fracturing" will favor science-journal articles; "fracking" will retrieve more articles in humanities and social-science journals.
    • Germanistik
      A core research tool for the study of Germanistik. A bibliography of books, articles, and dissertations.
      • Location(s): Wilson Library PF3003 .G51x - Latest year in Wilson Reference
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    • Humanities Index
      Subscription cancelled 2003
      [Resource no longer available]
    • Nineteenth Century Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
      Provides subject, author, and title indexes to over 50 English and American periodicals. Includes some titles not found in Poole's.
      • Location(s): Wilson Library Reference Quarto AI3 .R47x
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  • Newspapers
    • United States Newspapers
      [Page no longer available]
    • ProQuest Newsstand Authentication Required
      ProQuest Newspapers provides indexing and full text access to 1,270 newspapers and wire feeds. Full-text titles include major U.S. daily newspapers such as the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
    • New York Times Index
      In print in Wilson Library - see "More Information" for details. The complete run of The New York Times newspaper is available in the Periodicals/Reserve area in the basement of Wilson Library and via our online archive. See the "News Sources" page at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/articles/news.phtml for other options to online versions of the New York Times. The University Libraries also own a print edition of the Index covering from 1851-present. It includes a subject index to articles in the New York Times giving references to the date, page, and column of articles in the paper as well as brief synopses of the articles themselves.
      • Location(s): Also owned in print: WILSON Reference Quarto AI21 .N45
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    • Newsbank Authentication Required
      Limited access to America's Newspapers of record for local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers--click on the link for St. Paul Pioneer Press. Portal for other Newsbank databases including America's News Magazines and the Latin American Newspapers
      • Location(s):
    • Star Tribune (access via ProQuest Newspapers) Authentication Required
      This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
      Full text available from 1986 - Current. Access to freelance articles and other features within this publication such as photographs or classifieds may not be available.
    • Times (London) Index
      Covers 1906- until the present. A subject index to articles in the Times (London), giving references to the date , page and column of
      articles in the paper. The Times of London newspaper is available in the Periodicals/Reserve area in the basement of Wilson Library.
      • Location(s): WILSON Reference Quarto AI21 .T46
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    • Times-Picayune, The
      • Location(s): Microfilm / Newspaper Room
Databases
  • Academic Search Premier Authentication Required
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.
  • America: History and Life Authentication Required
    This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present with over 2,000 journals including all key English-language historical journals.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (included in Web of Science)
    Note: A&HCI is no longer searchable as a separate index.
    (1) Start by clicking on this link, which takes you to the Web of Science main page.
    (2) In the search box enter one or more key words.
    (3) On the next page, under Research Domains, select Arts and Humanities to limit your results.
    (4) Hints: Your choice of words can influence the results. For example, "hydraulic fracturing" will favor science-journal articles; "fracking" will retrieve more articles in humanities and social-science journals.
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature
    An international, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and up-to-date online periodical database.
    [Resource no longer available]
  • LexisNexis Academic Authentication Required
    LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
  • MasterFile Premier Authentication Required
    This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
    MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.
  • MLA International Bibliography Authentication Required
    The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
  • WorldCat Authentication Required
    Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
    The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.


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