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Research Guides@Tufts

Drama & Dance

Facts & Background Information

* NOTE Look for more sources in the research guides for other literary disciplines: English, Romance Literature, Film, etc.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

The first stop in searching for information about an author or dramatist's career and works.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford English Dictionary

Finding Books & Plays

Catalog records from thousands of North American libraries.



See Digital Texts at Tufts - Ancient, Medieval, and Modern


Internet Archive

Google Books

Hathi Trust

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center



Play Index

An index to plays in anthologies. Individual plays and playwrights also may be searched in the Tufts catalog and Worldcat by author and title.


Search the Tufts catalog and Worldcat by author, personal name subject, names of literary movements or groups as keywords.

Finding Theater Criticism & Journal Articles

Look for "Find it @ Tufts" in article citations from most periodical indexes.


International Index to the Performing Arts 1998 -
Indexes more than 200 scholarly and popular periodicals in dance, theater, film, and television, from 1998 to the present, with expanding retrospective coverage of some titles.

Modern Language Bibliography (MLA). 1963 -
Index to scholarly journals in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Includes access to books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations and bibliographies. Updated monthly. Published by the Modern Language Association of America.


From June 1, 1980 through current, full text of the Final New York City Edition; from January 1, 1969 - May 31, 1980 (abstracts). LexisNexis contains many American and foreign newspapers, and is a good source for current coverage of regional theater. 

New York Times Historical Archive 1851-three years before current date
Includes full-text and full-image articles dating back to the first issue of the NYT in 1851; the collection includes digital reproductions of every page from every issue--cover to cover—in downloadable PDF(r) files.

New York Theatre Critics Reviews
[PRINT. Tisch Reference PN1601 .N4]
Complete reviews from popular media sources from 1944 to 1994. Continued by National Theatre Critics
Reviews [PRINT. Tisch Reference PN 2000 .N3].

Theatre Record 1985-
[PRINT. Tisch Bound Periodicals PN2596 .L6 L66]
Presents cast and production details for London’s West End and fringe shows, and reviews from many British daily and weekly drama critics.


World Shakespeare Bibliography Online 1971 -
Provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced since 1971.

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI). 1970-
Scholarship on Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States. Coverage from 1970 to the present. Many citations are linked to full-text.

International Medieval Bibliography. Brepols, 1967-
An international index to medieval topics (400-1500) in literature, language, history, archaeology, art, music, theater, Arabic and Islamic studies, and religion and philosophy. IMB covers 4,500 journals and over 5,000 miscellany volumes in 30 languages.

An index of interdisciplinary journal literature on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes citations for articles, books, bibliographies, catalogs, abstracts, and discographies.

Film and Television Literature Index
Covers over 300 journal and magazine titles for film and television reviews, scholarly and critical analysis of cinema and television, and articles of popular interest about film and television. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Some full text is available.


Expanded Academic ASAP
Articles from more than 1,500 scholarly, trade, and general-interest publications. Coverage is from 1980 to present. Some full text is available.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Institute for Scientific Information, 1974-
Provides author, subject and citation access to journal articles and book reviews in the arts and humanities. Coverage from 1974.

General Reference Center 1980-
Use this general-interest database to search magazines, reference books, and newspapers for information on current events, popular culture, the arts and sciences, sports, etc.


For more on how to find articles, see Database Searching Tips (also available in PDF).

Other Research Tools

Libraries and archives

Find manuscripts and other special collections in American repositories.


A database of archival collection descriptions: historical documents, personal papers, etc. held in thousands of libraries, museums, and archives.





ARTstor is an image database of architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and design, and archaeological and anthropological objects--with associated catalog data--from many major collections. Users are able to register themselves via the tools in the ARTstor Library. Faculty who want the higher level of access that allows them to create folders to share Image Groups with students or colleagues need to upgrade their user accounts by selecting "Instructor Privileges Manager" from the "Tools" toolbar menu. When registering for Instructor Privileges, users will be prompted to obtain the required authorization code and password from their local ARTstor administrator. Faculty should call the reference desk at 617-627-3460 to obtain the code and password.

AP Images

Over 3 million images of news events covered by the Associated Press over the last 150 years. Images may be downloaded and used for educational purposes only.

Life Photo Archive

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, dating from the 1750s to the present. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.


*See also the research guide for Finding Images Online.

Help With Research

Chao Chen
Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian

Collections Librarian for Drama & Dance

Christopher Barbour


Christopher Barbour