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THEA 306: American Theatre: Articles

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For broader thematic and historical context searches, try some of the following tools:

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

This database will give you citations and some full text for theatre-related publications in the popular, professional, and some scholarly literature. 

If the initial results after searching your play and playwright feel unwieldy, consider narrowing down by following the link on your play's name in the "Reviews and Products" section.

highlights the link for a specific production in the "Reviews and Products" section

This is better to do for the production, rather than looking for a heading for your playwright, as their names aren't as consistently listed as headings.

Want to start searching for production reviews? Add the word review to your source. IBTD includes reviews from major theatre review sources like New York Times, Backstage, Variety, Theatre Record, Village Voice, and the New Yorker.

MLA Bibliography

MLA Bibliography is the strongest tool in the library's collection for locating scholarly material on plays.  In it, you will find citations for scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations.

Tips for Searching

  • A good place to start your search is with the name of the playwright and the play.  Since MLA Bibliography is an international database, you might also want to limit your results to English.
  • Curious how themes might be addressed in theatre scholarship, even if it doesn't discuss your play?  Construct a search with the following specific search structure:

MLA bibliography search for (violence OR aggression OR hostility OR anger) AND ("arthur miller" OR "streetcar named desire")

  • MLA 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 "Request via 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 MLA Bibliography?  Stop by and ask at the Research Help Desk or email the citation to  I'm happy to help find it!