|Theater Subject Guide|
Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.
Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other MaterialsTo locate books and other materials in the Limestone College Library, select KATE, the library’s catalog, from the Library's Homepage (http://www.limestone.edu/library). You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Search Everything, etc.
Examples of Subject searches include: Acting, Actors, Actresses, Amateur theater, American drama, Authors and the theater, Classical drama, Copyright--drama, Copyright--performing rights, Costume, Costume design, Drama, Drama--history and criticism, Dramatists, English drama, Expression, Gesture, Monologues, Performing arts, Playbills, Set designers, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Stage, Stage lighting, Stage photography, Theater, Theater and society, Theater architecture, Theaters, Theaters--decorations, Theaters--stage setting and scenery, Vaudeville.
Browsing the Library Collection Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system, and are placed on the shelves according to subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on theater include:
Using Key Reference Sources
Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in theater include:
Hartnoll, Phyllis, ed. The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre : Oxford University Press, 1992. REF PN 2035 .C63 1992
Banham, Martin, ed. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre : Cambridge University Press, 1995. REF PN 2035 .C27 1995
Kennedy, Dennis, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance : Oxford University Press, 2003. REF PN 2035 .O92 2003
Bordman, Gerald, ed. The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, 3rd ed. : Oxford University Press, 2004. REF PN 2220 .B6 2004
Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases
Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for drama and theater topics are Expanded Academic ASAP and General OneFile. A few examples of magazines and journals included are: American Drama, American Theatre, Arts Journal: The Daily Digest of Arts, Costume, Comparative Drama, Drama: The Quarterly Theatre Review, Modern Drama, New Theatre Quarterly, Performing Arts Journal, Plays, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Newsletter, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Survey, TDR: The Drama Review, Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Notebook, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey.
Finding Web ResourcesBelow are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for drama and theater studies. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.
Library of Congress Internet Resources for Music, Theater, and Dance www.loc.gov/rr/perform/new.internet.resources.html
Drama Library: Homepages Developed http://vl-theatre.com/
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet http://shakespeare.palomar.edu