Drama Research for Theatre Majors
For general information about the library, see the hours and maps available. All
materials in the library are organized using the Library of Congress
Classification System. The Physical
Overview of the Library provides background
on the library's materials and services. The library's other tutorials are
available to reinforce and expand upon resources discussed in
class. Most drama materials are located in the PN 1600-3307
sections of the library. Check the NSU subject Page on Theatre
for Internet sources.
How do I find definitions of terms?
to Terms with Acting: An Instructive Glossary Ref.
The Language of Theatre Ref. PN 2035.H297
How do I find overviews to theatre?encyclopedias
McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama Ref. PN 1625.M3
Oxford Companion to the Theatre Ref. PN 2035.O9
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
International Diretory of Theatre 2--Playwrights Ref. PN 2035.I49
American Theatre (Available in paper at PN2000 .A52 Current issue on first floor.)
Theatre Journal (Available in paper at PN3171 .E38, second floor)
TDR (Available on second floor PN1601 .D7, back isssues only)
Other full text drama journals. To research topics in journals use the following databases:
Academic Search Premier
Humanities Full Text
Literature of the Theatre:
How do I locate plays, monologues, etc.?
The library purchases acting editions of plays from Dramatists and
French. Do an author or title search on the play using the Library
Catalog. To get a partial list of acting editions of plays,
go to the Advanced Keyword
search on the Library Catalog. Enter dramatists as a keyword and
as a publisher. Do the same for French. Try the Native American Women
For monologues, do a subject search on monologues using the Library Catalog. To find plays in anthologies, use the Play Index (Ref. PN 2000.P53). This index has a separate listing of plays by author, title, subject, and cast analysis. Use the Library Catalog to find vidoes or DVDs of performances. The library has several BBC productions of Shakepearean plays. Tony Awards is a good site for finding award winning plays. Samuel French, Inc. and Dramatist Play Service are useful for ordering acting editions of plays.
How do I locate materials on acting, directing?
Use the Library
Catalog to search by subject under Acting,
Production and direction.
Advanced Vocal Workout for the Actor with Susan Leigh AV PN 4197.A38 1990
Cold Readings Made Easy AV PN 2061.C59 1991
Combat for the Stage AV PN PN 2071.F5 C65 2002
The Method AV PN 2062.M48 1995
Uta Hagen's Acting Class AV PN 2075.U83 2002
Drama: Producing a Play AV PN 3171.D73 1996
Voice Workout with Susan Leigh AV PN 4197.V65 1988
How do I locate reviews and criticisms on plays?
Drama Criticism (Ref. PN 1721.C65)
Dramatic Criticism Index (Ref. PN 1861.B8)
European Drama Criticism (Ref. PN 1721.P2 1977)
Guide to American Drama Explication (Ref. PS 332.O84 1995)
There are separate explicators for such authors as William Shakespeare (Ref. PR 2894.C53 1993), and Tennessee Williams (Ref. PS 3545.I5365G85 1991).Drama Criticism on the Eserver
How do I locate materials on theatre history?
Catalog, do a subject search on Theater--History
The History of North American Theater Ref. PN 2219.5.L66
Didaskalia: Ancient Theater Today
Theatre History on the Web
Lortel Archives (off-broadway database)
Internet Broadway Database
How do I locate materials on children's theater, puppetry or playwriting?Using the Library Catalog, do a subject search on Children's theater.
Oklahoma Children's Theatre
For puppetry, search the Library Catalog using the subject heading puppets or puppet plays.
Puppetry Home Page
Using the Library Catalog, do a subject search on Playwriting.
Stagecraft Mailing List
How do I locate materials on costumes?
Using the Library
Catalog, do a subject search on costume.
The GT section of the reference collection has numerous books on the history of costumes from various time periods.
Cornell Costume and Textile Collection
The Costume Page
The Costume Site
The Costumer's Manifesto
Costume: An illustrated Survey from Ancient Times to the Twentieth Century Ref. GT 513.L5 1968
20th Century Jewelry Ref. NK 7310.P38 2002
How do I locate materials on design?
Using the Library
Catalog, do a subject search on Theaters--stage
setting and scenery.
Set design from SUNY
Entertainment Design Magazine
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Library of Congress American Memory
Dictionary of the Decorative Arts Ref. NK 30.F54
Encyclopedia of Interior Design Ref. NK 1165.E48
The Abrams Guide to Period Styles for Interiors Ref. NK 1860. G87 2005
The New Encyclopedia of Furniture Ref. NK 2205.A7
How do I locate materials on make-up?
How do I locate materials not available at NSU?
is available for requesting books and articles not available at
Allow approximately two weeks for requests. Print orders will be
available at the Circulation Desk.
How do I Find Help for Citing Resources?
Try the KnightCite
What are some professional associations for theatre?
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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Last Updated: 08/07/2012