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Databases by Subject: Drama/Theater Arts

Major Indexes

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

Contains a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books , book chapters, and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre, dance and performance in 126 countries.

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)

Find articles on the arts and entertainment industry, including dance, theater, opera, film, and television.

Literature Criticism Online

Provides online access to full text entries for ten of the Gale Literature Criticism series, including: Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical & Medieval Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, Children's Literature Review

MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics)

Find journal articles, books and dissertations published worldwide from the 1920s on literature, language and linguistics.

Play Index

Searchable database of 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present.

Additional Indexes


Database of citations to books, journal articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.

American Drama 1714-1915

Find American plays, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays and temperance dialogues. From 1714 to 1915.

Asian American Drama

Collection of plays with related biographical, production, and theatrical information from the late 19th century to the writings of contemporary playwrights.

Black Drama--1850 to Present

Full-text of plays including rare works from the mid-1800s to the present by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.

English Drama

A searchable database of more than 3,900 full-text plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde, covering 1300 to 1900.

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

Latino Literature offers fiction, poetry and plays written in English and Spanish by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and other Latino authors working in the United States from the Chicano Renaissance to the present, some as early as the Nineteenth Century.

North American Indian Drama

Database of full-text plays that are browsable and searchable. Also includes the Native Playwrights' Newsletter, containing original essays, articles, photographs, interviews, reviews, and production information related to the plays. From early 1900s to the present.

North American Theater Online

Covers all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre, including major reference materials, plays, people, theatres, production companies from the 1600s to the present.

North American Women's Drama

Full-text plays that are browsable and searchable. Also includes playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. From colonial times to the present.

PRISMA - Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanisticas

Full-text scholarly journals in the social sciences and humanities for the interdisciplinary academic study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Shakespeare Collection

Full-text database of the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, and images.

Shakespeare Survey

A searchable database of the Shakespeare Survey, a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays and reviews of the year's textual and critical studies, and major British performances. From 1948 to present.

Theater in Video

Online streaming video of more than 250 performances of the world's leading plays and more than 100 film documentaries.

Twentieth Century Drama

Contains nearly 2,500 published plays from throughout the English-speaking world, covering the history of modern drama from the 1890s to the present day.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Searchable and browsable database of over 1,500 major American and Canadian plays from the 20th century, together with information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Find Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present time.