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International Dictionary of Theatre
REF PN2035 .I49 1992 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Over 620 plays with signed articles, descriptions, and lists of translations, editions and criticisms.
Note: emphasis on the last 25 years

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
REF PN2035 .O94 2003 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
The two volume Encyclopedia encompasses opera and film, dance and radio, and para-theatrical, non-dramatic performances including circuses and carnivals--providing coverage from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. Numerous biographical entries cover the lives and work of major figures: actors, playwrights, directors, designer, company managers, and critics. (Amazon Editorial Review)

Best of the Web: Theatre (New York Public Library)
New York Public Library links to Historical Overviews and General Resources, Greek Theatre, Medieval & Renaissance, Shakespeare,Restoration & 18th Century, 19th century, 20th Century.

Additional Print Reference Books can be found on 1st floor of the Miller Center Library (call numbers REF PN1600-PN3307).

Find Plays, Books, and Videos

Search by topic, title of play, name of playwright, etc. A play that you need could be included in a larger book of collected works.

Index to plays published in anthologies. Search by author, play title, or anthology title.
Find Articles and Performance Reviews
The following databases search current and historical newspapers and periodicals. Search by general topic, play or production title, director, playwright, performer, etc. You can also limit by date.

Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Type in "review" as one of your keywords

Cite Your Sources
Citation Styles Old
Choose a citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian ...) and follow the guidelines for formatting your paper and references.

New York Times Theater

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Melissa Prescott
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Theatre Books in the Library

Miller Center Basement

Books on Drama and Theatre have call numbers beginning with PN1600-PN3307
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