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THEA 301 Western Theatre History I: Articles

A guide for researching Theatre History through 1700.

Other Options

You can always start your article search in Hope Primo, as this covers a wide range of our article holdings, particularly digital. These results will be broad and sometimes messy, so consider narrowing down using "Tweak your results."

For subject-specific databases, if you are not having luck in IBTD or MLA Bibliography, here are a couple of other places to try.  Those of you with Greek plays may want to consider this, as MLA Bibliography is not quite as strong in this area.

Discipline Databases

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance and MLA Bibliography are two tools for locating scholarly material on plays, In them, you will find citations for scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations. International Bibliography also has a lot of popular press materials, particularly focused on production reviews.

Tips for Searching

  • A good place to start your search is with the name of the playwrite and the play.  Since these are international databases, you might also want to limit your results to English language (you can also limit by language in the search results in the right-hand menu).
  • Was your play originally written in another language?  You may want to include both the original language title and the English language title to make sure you are seeing everything. (image)
  • MLA (and IBTD partially) just has the citations for articles and books, so if you see something you are interested in, use the "Find Full Text" link to check and see if we own it.  If it is something we don't have, you can use the "InterLibrary Loan" link to order it from another library.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for these to arrive.
  • Having difficulty figuring out how to locate an article you found in a database?  Stop by and ask at the Research Help Desk or email the citation to  I'm happy to help find it!