Top 5 Theater Resources

The links below represent the top five research sources in your discipline, as selected by the UCSD Library. Need help with your research? Ask a librarian!

International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text [UCSD Only]
IIPA is an index to over 200 journals and magazines in the fields of dance, drama, film, theater, opera, puppetry, circus, and other forms of performance art. Approximately one third of the citations are linked directly to the full text of the document. Citations can be exported or downloaded into EndNote, ProCite, RefWorks, or Reference Manager citation management software. [Full Description]

MLA International Bibliography [UCSD Only]
MLAIB is the principal index to scholarly publications in the field of all modern literatures, including dramatic literature and, to some extent, theater history. It does not generally index works about the technical aspects of theater (acting, directing, lighting, costume, sound design, etc.). It indexes journal articles, selected monographs, dissertations, and individual essays in collections of essays, but does not include book reviews. Some citations provide links (via UC e-Links) to the full text of the document online; all citations have a link to Melvyl (also via UC e-Links) so that you can easily determine if the UCSD Libraries have a print or online copy of the cited document. [Full Description]

Lexis-Nexis Academic [UCSD Only]
Most people think of Lexis-Nexis as a source for legal and business data and “hard news.” In fact, it is an excellent source for locating reviews of plays and other newspaper and popular magazine stories about the theater. A major “plus” about this resource is that every citation is accompanied by the full text of the article.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index [UCSD Only]
A&HCI provides author, keyword, and cited reference searching from more than 1100 leading arts and humanities journals, including theater. In many cases, searchable abstracts plus links to e-journal images are included. [Full Description]

LiON Drama Databases
LiON is a fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose. In particular, it includes four major collections of dramatic texts: American Drama (1714-1915), English Drama (1280-1915), 20th Century Drama in English (1890s to present), and Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare (1591-1911).It also includes the full-text of some secondary and reference materials, as well: 131 full-text literature journals, over 600 video clips, 2600 short biographies, a dictionary, and the King James Bible.

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