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Information on how to do library research and find information in the fields of theatre and dance.
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About Doing Research in Theatre

To find articles published about theatre, try searching Summon as a first step.  Many different databases contain information about theatre, dance and drama, and Summon may also suggest specific databases that are appropriate for your topic when you do your initial search in it.

Some databases are primarily indexes, which means they allow you to search for and find out about articles published on a topic in theatre or dance, but they don't necessarily contain the full text of any particular article that you find.  But you will be able to link from these indexes to other databases that do contain the full text of the articles you need.  

If we don't have an article that you need, and you are a student, staff or faculty at UM-Flint, we will get it for you from a library that does have it.  This is a free service called Interlibrary Loan.

You can contact the Theatre and Dance librarian, Laura Friesen (contact information in the box on the right), or the Reference Desk with your questions:

  • By Phone: 810-762-3408
  • By Email: library-reference@umflint.edu 
  • Chat (see chat box on the right)
  • Text: 810-407-5434
 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service provided to faculty, staff and students to supplement the Library's collection.  You can request materials (books, articles, etc.) from other libraries around the world with this service.  Simply fill out the form after logging into the ILLIAD system to request an item.

This is a different service from Get This, which will request materials available on the Ann Arbor campus.

 

What is Peer Review?

Peer review is the process in which a scholar's work is reviewed by expertsin a field before being accepted for publication (in the case of journals).  Many people give more credence to journal articles that have gone through a peer review process because they have been reviewed by experts in the field (rather than just an editor as is the case of a newspaper or magazine) before being accepted for publication. 

Databases to Start With for Theatre and Dance

The databases listed below are the best ones to start with for topics in theatre and dance.  Other useful databases for this subject area are listed in the Complete List of Databases for Theatre tab.

  • International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA)
    Indexes theatre, dance, & film publications from 1864-present.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries. Core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting, and theater, together with film fan magazines, and music press titles, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. [More info]
  • Humanities Full Text
    1984-present. Covers performance arts, as well as archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, food, journalism, linguistics, music, philosophy, religion, space, world history, world literature.
  • North American Theatre Online
    Comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of the Canadian and American Theatre. It includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to approximately 30,000 plays, 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, 22,000 productions, and 2,500 production companies. Each year more than 20,000 new records will be added. The collection also includes approximately 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.

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