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MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource

1926-present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Film & Television Literature Index Restricted Resource

Covers film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes full text of more than 90 journals and indexing for more than 600 publications.

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Literature Online (LION) Restricted Resource

Fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama, and prose, with nearly 400 full-text literature journals and other key criticism and reference resources.

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Project MUSE Restricted Resource

Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

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AP Images (Associated Press) Restricted Resource

Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries

Use the library catalog, limiting your search location to Reference, to find research-starter items in specialty areas such as American theater, musical theater, staging techniques, literary criticism of drama, and bibliographies which lead you to additio

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WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Theatre Reviews

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

New York Times Theater Review Archive

Look for Archive box on current Theater Reviews page. From 1996 forward, most reviews can be accessed free of charge. In addition, reviews back to 1905 of certain selected shows are available.

Primary Sources

Naxos Video Library Restricted Resource

Fully searchable streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, and documentaries. Includes nearly 2,000 customizable full-length videos with subtitles available in multiple languages.


Search for an American Voice in Theater
Print Location: Listening Room Se1114

6 DVD set. From summary: "This six-part series traces the history of stage drama and the American imagination, from pre-Revolutionary days to the late 20th century, through interviews and archival images."

Reference Resources

Encyclopedia Britannica Online Restricted Resource

Digital multimedia version of the premier English-language encyclopedia.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource

Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize PN2035 .O94 2003

Comprehensive and authoritative - covers Ancient Greece to current decade.

Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize PN1861 .C65 2007 (2 volumes)

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Print Location: Burling 3rd Floor PN1584 .W67x 1994(1994-2000)

Six volumes arranged by geographical area.

Web sites


UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.  All mate rials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s), and UbuWeb is completely free.


Subtitle: The Internet Theater Magazine of Reviews, Features, Annotated Listings. Covers New York City, London, The Berkshires, Philadelphia, Washington DC, California (mostly Los Angeles), New Jersey, and special festivals such as Humana in Louisville, Kentucky. Offers a review archive indexed by title back to 1997.

Official London Theatre Guide

Website of the Society of London Theatre. Contains current news and features, but a few archival months of interviews are included. Links provided to other British web sites.

Costume Page

Offers over 1,000 unique links for the benefit of those who study and/or make costumes, including students and researchers, and all those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.

Theater History on the Web

Since 1996, this site has been maintained by retired drama professor Jack Wolcott to provide theatre practitioners and scholars easy access to useful research sites throughout the world.

The aim of is to be the best resource for practical information and advice about technical theatre matters for theatre fans everywhere.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper

Collection of links to guides for citation styles, prepared by the Duke University Libraries via Fisher College.

MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi
Print Location: Perm Reserve PN147 .G444 1998

This style guide is used frequently in the humanities.

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