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Department of Theatre and Dance


Federal Theatre Project

Take a look at the Library of Congress Digital Playscript Collection: The New Deal Stage

(Library of Congress, 2013)

Basic Research

To Find Journal and Magazine Articles (using indexing/abstracting/full-text services)

The following are recommended for courses for first-year students and non-majors:

  • TOPCAT (WKU Libraries online catalog)
    The catalog lists books, journals, CDs and DVDs; searchable by title, author, subject or keyword. It also lists titles of magazines and journals owned by the library, but does not provide access to articles. TOPCAT shows the location of each item, gives the call number, and indicates whether it is available. TOPCAT has a mapping feature for most items which shows where they are located within the main library.
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)  
    Covers 3,200 journals in social science, humanities, general science, etc. Many articles in full-text.
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
    International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. This database was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.
  • Google Scholar  
    A free Web-based Google service that restricts searches to the scholarly literature. Now features linking to full-text of articles held by WKU.

Advanced Research

The following are recommended for use by advanced students and researchers:

  • America: History & Life (EBSCOhost)  
    Since 1964, the premiere database covering the history of the United States and Canada. Database indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide.
  • Historical Abstracts (EBSCOhost)
    Since 1954, the premiere database covering history since 1450 (excluding Canada and the United States).
  • Alt-Press Watch  
    has full text of over 170 alternative and independent newspapers, magazines and journals.
  • JSTOR  
    Provides the full text/full image web access of the complete archival collections of over 225 (and growing) core scholarly journals up to the most recent three to five years.
  • Project Muse  
    Scholarly Journals Online: Full-text articles, mostly in the humanities.
  • Reader's Guide to Periodicals 1890 to Present  
    Contains all information from the printed Readers’ Guide annuals in a single database. Over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines (many peer reviewed). Also includes PDF full text from the Wilson Library Bulletin from 1914 to 1983. Subject headings have been updated with modern terminology, although the original subject headings are also available.
  • Web of Science  

Special Resources

  • TDNet Electronic Journal Finder  
    Special resource: use to access Libraries' electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as some indexes and databases containing full-text articles; includes a comprehensive A-Z listing of titles.
  • KenCat  
    Special resource: A searchable catalog of the collections at the Kentucky Library & Museum. KenCat includes manuscripts, letters, sheet music, photographs, museum exhibits, images, journals, and books.

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Motley Collection of Theatre & Costume Design

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a wonderful collection of theatre history. Check out the collection of set designs and costumes from Margaret Harris, sister Sophia Harris, and Elizabeth Montgomery. There works have been featured in theatres in America and England. 


Casting Call

WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama

(WWW Virtual Library Theatre and Drama, 2013)

The website is a nice website that has accessible links to local auditions and journal articles.


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