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StarBest Bet Databases in Performing Arts > Theater

Academic Search Premier Star
A good starting point: articles from key journals in many scholarly disciplines, with some trade journals and magazines, 1975-present.
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International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text: IIPA Star
Articles in journals covering theater, dance, film, and puppetry, 1864-present.
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MLA International Bibliography Star
An index to journal articles and other scholarly literature on literature, literary theory and criticism, linguistics, folklore, and (since 1996) film, 1920ís -
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Historical New York Times Star
The entire New York Times, searchable, in image files, from 1851 to three years ago.
Also known as: New York Times
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Additional Databases in Performing Arts > Theater

Ambrose Video
Streaming documentary series, mostly history and current events, and BBC Shakespeare plays.
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Arts and Humanities Citation Index
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Provides a search by cited reference, topic, author, and more for articles in almost all important English-language arts and humanities journals, 1975-present.
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Berg Fashion Library
Images and scholarship on clothing in all periods and places.
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Communication and Mass Media Complete
Communication scholarly journals and trade journals, plus articles on communication topics from related disciplines, 1915-present.
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Contemporary Literary Criticism
Biographies and a range of critical response to major contemporary authors. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Dance in Video
Videos of dance performances, and documentaries on dance, from the 1950's to present.
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Drama Criticism
Biographies of major playwrights and critical responses to their works. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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Drama Online
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Texts of over 1,000 plays. Browse or search by title, playwright, genre or period. Also includes some criticism.
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Grants and Awards Available to American Writers
Directory of support for writers from the literary organization PEN America.
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Core scholarly journals from a range of disciplines, dating from the earliest issue of each journal to a few years before present.
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LexisNexis Academic
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Massive database of US and international newspapers; case and statutory law and law reviews; business periodicals, 1980-present.
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Streaming videos of contemporary theater and dance performances.
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Opera in Video
A growing collection of filmed opera stage productions, with some interviews and other documentary videos.
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Performing Arts Directory
Contact information and descriptions for organizations, facilities, and agencies for music, theater and dance.
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Routledge Performance Archive
Video of theater and dance performances, interviews with practioners, definitions, and critical commentary.
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ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst
A repository for the research and scholarly output of members of the UMass Amherst community. Call Marilyn Billings at 545-6891 for information.
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Shakespearean Criticism
Contains critical interpretations written from the 17th century to the present on Shakespeare's work. Part of Literature Criticism Online.
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World Shakespeare Bibliography
References to Shakespeare books, articles, dissertations, theatrical productions, audiovisual materials, and media, 1962-present.
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