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Theater and Film Research Guide: Theater - General

Resources for drama, acting, technical theater, stagecraft, and film.

Subject Terms

When searching any database (the library catalog, article databases, web searches) the following terms will be useful:

  • Acting, Actors
  • Theater
  • Theater - History
  • Theater - Criticism
  • Theater - Production and Direction
  • Drama - History
  • Drama - Criticism


The following links will take you to registration pages for various listserve groups focusing on theater and film.

New to the Collection

Recommended Databases

In the Reference Stacks

Critical Survey of Drama REF PN 1625.C74

 The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre, 1900-1975 REF PN2266.B68

The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theater REF ML102.M88G3 1994

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, 2nd ed. (5 vol.) REF PN1625.M3 1984

The New York Public Library Performing Arts Desk Reference REF PN1584.N49 1994

Play Index REF PN1655.P53 1949-2002


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