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Theatre: Key Resources

Where to Start

The sources on this page are good starting points for your research about theatre topics. Reference Sources are great for topic ideas, background information, definitions, and other ways to kick off your research. Databases are where you can find eBooks and popular and scholarly journal articles with in-depth analysis of particular artists, works, or movements. 

Helpful Keywords

Below are helpful keyword searches to use with our library resources:

  • Acting
  • Names of actors
  • Stagecraft
  • Lighting 
  • Makeup
  • Costume (Costume Design, etc.)
  • Playwright
  • Names of playwrights (Brecht, Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Shaw, etc.)
  • Music
  • Sound design in theatre
  • Set design
  • Drama
  • Theatre production
  • Names of producers
  • Directing
  • Names of directors

Recommended Resource: Credo Reference

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Credo is an online reference database that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, biographies and more.

Oxford Reference

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Gale Reference Search

Gale Reference is an award-winning electronic collection of quality reference sources.

Theatre Article Databases

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