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Speech, Theatre & Drama Research Guide

Biographical Sources

Databases

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  - General and background information on a topic.

Electronic Resources

American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards Searchable archives coverage starts with 1947.

American Variety Stage  A multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. This collection illustrates the vibrant and diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. Groups of theater posters and additional sound recordings will be added to this anthology in the future.

Artslynx Resources for Theatre Artslynx is especially designed to provide the most efficient navigation to valuable information for the student, scholar, educator, and researcher in the arts.

BroadwayWorld.com

Costumer's Manifesto This web site's creator is the costume designer and a Professor of the Theatre Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She regularly teaches classes in costume history, design, construction, theatrical makeup, and theatre history. However, she is best known for her creation of The Costumer's Manifesto, one of the World Wide Web's largest, and most eclectic, costume sites.

Dance - Educational Technology Clearinghouse Valuable links for teachers, administrators, grant-seekers, and other members of the educational community. Quick links to the most useful reference sources on the Web.

Dance Resources, Ballet Resources and more from Artslynx 

Getty Museum - Collections

Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms Over 800 terms defined, search or browse.

Great Performances, Dance from PBS

InterPlay An index to the complete texts of plays in collections, anthologies and periodicals in the PSU Library.

International Theatre Design Archive Project 2000 Index of scene designs, costume designs and lighting designs. Searchable by title of play, playwright, designer and producer.

Internet Broadway Database IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season.

Library of Congress Presents Music, Theatre and Dance A performing arts digital library. This Web site, formerly known as "I Hear America Singing," invites visitors to experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library of Congress's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials. Soon, visitors will be able to take virtual seat in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium, and other performance venues, to hear concerts performed by world-class artists, and premieres of some of the seminal works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies

New York Times Theatre Theatre reviews from 1996 to current.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia A guide to the performing arts collections and exhibitions at the Library of Congress

Performing Arts in America 1875-1923 A searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials from one of the strongest periods in the New York Public Library's Performing Arts Library collections.

PlayBill Online

Theatre Journals, Magazines & Other Publications

TheatrePedia - The ELAC Internet Theatre Library  Large collection of links to research and career information.

WWW Virtual Library for Theatre and Drama  Links to resources in more than 50 countries around the world for professionals, amateurs, academics and students of all ages.

Literary Criticism -- Literary criticism analyzes, compares and contrasts, interprets, or evaluates works of literature. The print and electronic resources listed below contain biographical information on authors and critical essays regarding their literary works. Most of these indexes list scholarly journals and books on a specific work. Choose the reference work which is most related to your author and the literary time period.

NOTE: The best sources to use above are the ones with "criticism" in their title. These multi-volume works have an index in the last volume which indexes all of the volumes by the title or by the author. The excerpts in the "criticism" resources are actual reprints from scholarly journals and books. Each article or book excerpt/reprint can be used as a quote or source in your research paper. Logan Library may not have the journal or the book, but the most important part of the literary criticism is reprinted in these books.

Scripts/Screenplays

Print Indexes To locate a copy of a play contained in a collection

Interviews

Reviews

Plot Summaries