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Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.


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.
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 Resource is highly recommended
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.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
eBook Collection (EBSCO) Restricted Resource
EBSCO catalog of electronic books which may be viewed or checked out online. All available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Log in via individual account for off-campus access.

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
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.

Primary Sources

Black Drama, Second Edition Restricted Resource
An online database of over 1,400 plays, nearly half of which are previously unpublished, by African, African American, and African Diaspora playwrights from 1850 to the present. Also included are production notes and photographs and information on theaters and companies involved in producing the plays.
National Theatre Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
In collaboration with the National Theatre of Great Britain, this collection features streaming video of stage productions as well as archival materials and documents.
Naxos Video Library Restricted Resource Resource contains video
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.
North American Indian Drama Restricted Resource
An online database of over 250 plays, about half of which are previously unpublished, by authors who are members of the indigenous nations of North America. Groups such as Cherokee, Choctaw, Comanche, Cree, Navajo, Ojibway, and many others are represented in dramas that are largely secular and intertribal in scope. Second edition.

Reference Resources

Encyclopaedia 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 Resource is highly recommended
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.

Theatre Reviews

New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
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.


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."

Web sites

New Play Exchange Restricted Resource
A searchable digital library of new plays shared by the playwrights themselves, making their work discoverable to producers, directors, actors, students, and others interested in contemporary theater.
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 (8th 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.
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.

Resources at Grinnell

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