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Drama Research Guide

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Table of Contents:
Subject-Specific Databases
Related Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Monologues


Core databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Artemis Literary Sources by Gale Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Search across several major literature databases such as Literature Resource Center, MLA International Bibliography, Gale Virtual Reference Library, LitFinder, Scribner Writer Series, and Twayne's Author Series to find full text literary works, journal articles, literature criticism, reviews, biographical information and overviews.


Arts & Humanities Citation Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Arts & Humanities Citation Index provides citations to journal articles in the arts and humanities, including architecture, art, classics, dance, literature, music, philosophy, film, religion, and theater.


Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,300 journals and more than 2.9 million records) plus unique full-text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals. Humanities International Complete is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage for most journals does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines. Click here for a search tutorial.


MLA International Bibliography Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database produced by the Modern Language Association containing citations to books, articles and dissertations on literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and film from 1926 to present.
If there is FULL TEXT, you can click on the link to the "DOI . . . " which is the identifying number for the article.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences primarily covering the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, political science, religion, and the arts. (Books are not available yet)


Related databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic. Click here for a search tutorial.


America: History and Life Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes major titles such as Journal of American History, American Historical Review, and American Quarterly. (For world history see Historical Abstracts). [CSI]


Art Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts from over 400 leading art publications throughout the world covering the fields of art history, architecture, graphic design, photography, sculpture, and museology. Find feature articles, artist profiles, exhibit reviews, and art reproductions. This database offers abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications?now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.


Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities provides citations to papers and proceedings of social science and humanities conferences from 1990 to present.


Film Literature Index (free resource) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations to film and television literature from 1976-2001. Includes such titles as Camera Obscura, Screen, Variety, and Journal of Popular Culture.


Historical Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts of articles, books, and dissertations on world history (excluding U.S. & Canada) from 1450 to the present. Covers all branches of world history, including political, military, economic, social and cultural, as well as the history of science, technology, and medicine. (For U.S. & Canadian history see America: History & Life) Selective indexing of historical articles from more than 1,800 journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.


Literary Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Index to literature reference books published by Gale. Find citations to author biographies and literary criticism published in books such as Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Authors, Novels for Students, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Search by author or title of work.


Taylor & Francis Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Multidisciplinary database providing access to over 1,220 full text scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Click here for a list of available titles.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

Art of the Actor: the Essential History of Acting, from Classical Times to the Present Day Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This book traces the evolution of the theories of the actor's craft drawing extensively on extracts from key texts, many of which are unavailable for the student today. Beginning with the classical conceptions of acting as rhetoric and oratory, as exemplified in the writing of Aristotle, Cicero and others, The Art of the Actor progresses to examine ideas of acting in Shakespeare's time right through to the present day. Location: Stacks 3rd Floor PN2061 .B388 2007


At This Theatre: 100 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories and Stars Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A theatre by theatre history of Broadway in the 20th century.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2277.N5B46 2002


Cambridge Collections Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of the Cambridge Companions book series with over 320 titles and 70,000 essays, which provide introductions and overviews of major topics and figures in literature, art, philosophy, and religion. Also includes the Shakespeare Survey series, a compendium of Shakespeare criticism with each volume devoted to a particular theme or group of plays. (read online)


Cambridge Guide to Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Encyclopedia covering all aspects of theatre such as major playwrights, performers, works, companies, venues and events.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2035.C27 1995


Cambridge History of American Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
3-volume history of theatre in the United States. Each volume includes an extensive overview and timeline followed by chapters on specific aspects of American theatre including vaudeville and popular entertainment, European influences, Broadway, modernism, stagecraft, and architecture.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2221.C37 1998


Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Concentrates on drama in the literary sense rather than as performance. Focus is both global and interdisciplinary insofar as it places playwrights and plays within their social, cultural, and historical contexts.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1861.C65 2007


Drama Criticism Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Each volume of this resource covers four to eight significant dramatists or plays. For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer's major works and more. Volumes include cumulative author, nationality, title and topic indexes.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1625.D72


Drama for Students Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to understanding the most frequently studied plays in literature. Each entry includes an overview of the play; a brief biography of the playwright; a plot summary; a discussion of the play's principal themes; essays on the play's construction; excerpted critical commentary; and much more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1601.D595


Facts on File Companion to American Drama Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Encylopedia of over 600 articles describing major plays, playwrights, directors, theater companies, and movements from the 18th century to the present.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PS330.F33 2004


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Search all titles or browse titles by subject.
Click on the "Title LIst" for contents. Title List


Language of Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Dictionary of theatre terms.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2035.H297 1998


Masterplots II: Drama Series Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Plot summaries of major plays. Each entry covers major themes, dramatic devices, critical context, and suggestions for further reading.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN6112.5.M37 1990


New Biographical Dictionary of Film Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographical dictionary of major actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers in film history. Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1998.2.T49 2002


Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An illustrated history of world theatre covering everything from Greek tragedy to contemporary drama.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2111.O95 1997


Oxford Reference Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of online reference books in all fields of study including dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject reference works. Search by keyword or browse titles by subject.


Quinlan's Character Stars Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographical dictionary of American and British film actors. Each entry includes a photograph, biographical sketch, and list of film credits.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN1998.2.Q56 2004


Shakespeare for Students Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A useful study guide to the plays of Shakespeare. Each entry offers a plot synopsis, principle characters, major themes, critical essays, and an annotated bibliography.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PR2987.S47 1992


World of Theatre: Tradition and Innovation Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An introduction to theatre, focusing somewhat on diversity and globalism, integrating coverage of multicultural, international and experimental theatre throughout. Location: Textbook Reserve PN1655 .F45 2006


Resources freely available on the Internet.

Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs 1870-1982 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Collection of about 1400 publicity photographs from theatrical, motion picture, and television productions of the plays of William Shakespeare.


Dramatists Play Service Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Purchase and license scripts of thousands of plays in the English-speaking theatre. Site includes brief plot summaries and author biographies.


Infomine: Visual and Performing Arts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Searchable index of scholarly Internet resources in the visual and performing arts.


Internet Broadway Database Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides records of Broadway theatre productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Includes information about shows, performers, songs, and theaters.


Internet Movie Database (IMDB) Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Database of movie information including plot summaries, cast and crew information, release date, trailers, reviews, and awards.


Internet Shakespeare Editions Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text of Shakespeare's plays and poems.


Inter-Play Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Searchable index to plays published in printed collections, anthologies and periodicals.


McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Categorized directory of internet resources in theater and the performing arts.


Musicals101 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This "Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV, and Film" includes a detailed history of musical theatre, photo gallery, biographies, and many performance reviews and essays.


Performing Arts Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress including scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; and a guide to other library collections, websites, databases and exhibits.


Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
NYPL's digital collection of textual, audio, and visual materials related to the performing arts of the early 20th century. Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, publicity posters, playbills, and sheet music.


Playbill Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
News, features, and performance listings for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Regional theatre. Check out "Theatre Central" for a huge directory of theater-related information on the web.


Playscripts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Commercial catalog of play scripts available for purchase. Users can search by specific criteria (theme, casting, genre, setting, etc.), read script samples, and buy scripts and performance rights online.


Theater Playbills and Programs Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
146 theater playbills and programs from the Library of Congress providing information about a variety theater productions, including performers, acts, and production credits.


Theatercrafts.com Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers an extensive list of links on technical information for producing a play. Topics include lighting, make-up, costume, rigging, marketing, and more.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Music, Dance, Drama & Film Journals Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
All music journals available in print or online via the CSI Library. Click on a subject heading to see all of the journals associated with that subject.


Anthologies of monologues and scenes for drama students and actors.

Actor's Book of Classical Monologues Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues from classical drama. Includes works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Artistophanes. Each monologue is accompanied by a brief plot synopsis as well as practical tips on preparing each scene for audition or performance.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2080.A283 1988


Actor's Book of Contemporary Stage Monologues Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues from contemporary theater concerning a wide variety of subjects and covering the gamut of dramatic styles and moods. Includes works by Christopher Durang, Lanford Wilson, Tina Howe, David Mamet, and many others.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2080.A284 1987


Actor's Book of Movie Monologues Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues from a variety of classic films such as Things to Come, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Dr. Strangelove, and Annie Hall.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PN1995.A259 1986


Award Monologues for Men Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Award Monologues for Men is a collection of fifty monologues taken from plays written since 1980 that have been nominated for the Pullitzer Prize, the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards in New York, and The Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards in London. Location: Stacks 3rd Floor PN2080 .A96 2007


Award Monologues for Women Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Award Monologues for Women is a collection of fifty-four monologues taken from plays written since 1980 that have been nominated for the Pullitzer Prize, the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards in New York, and The Evening Standard and Laurence Olivier Awards in London.


Guide to Monologues, Men Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An index of over 800 male character monologues from classical and modern plays.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2080.G84 1988


Guide to Monologues, Women Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An index of over 800 female character monologues from classical and modern plays.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2080.G85 1988


Monologues for Actors of Color: Men Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues excerpted from contemporary plays specifically geared for male actors of color.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PN2080.M535 2000


Monologues for Actors of Color: Women Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues excerpted from contemporary plays specifically geared for female actors of color.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PN2080.M536 2000


Monologues, Men, 3: Speeches from the Contemporary Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues from contemporary theatre for male actors.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PN2080.M55 1989


Monologues, Women, 3: Speeches from the Contemporary Theatre Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Monologues from contemporary theatre for female actors.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PN2080.M56 1989


Speak the Speech!: Shakespeare's Monologues Illuminated Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Over 150 Shakespeare monlogues arranged by genre and complete with plot synopses, explanations of unfamiliar vocabulary and expressions, and performance tips and suggestions.
Location: 3rd Fl Stacks PR3091.S45 2002


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