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Theatre History and Research

Purpose of this Guide and Research Help Options

This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases and resources for your field. Don't forget that you can find help on 24/7 LIVE CHAT at any time of day or night.  You can also email the CLA librarian, Brett Bodemer, at

Using MLA Bibliography Database to "Launch" Your Theatre Research

The MLA International Bibliography database can be a great place to brainstorm, identify viable search terms, and link out to valuable books and articles related to theatre.  The brief video below shows how to save yourself time and launch your research well by using this database.

Search Many Databases at Once

Search Ebook Central, SpringerLink, JSTOR, Project Muse and Wiley for ebooks, chapters and articles

Find historic Book Reviews/Art Reviews/Play Reviews/Movie Reviews

Limit  your search by date, type your subject in "quote marks "  and add the word review.  

Example 1:      "Armory Show"    review

Example 2       "Jackson Pollock"   review

This trick works well in the following:

Good Databases to Search One at a Time

More Books

Find Older Magazines via Google Books