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TA 483: Play Analysis: Must-Search Places for Theatre Research Papers

A library research guide for the TA 483 course assignments & further research in play analysis. Fall 2021

When you start compiling sources for your research paper, these places are important to search.

research databases - best bets

 

These databases are the best places to start finding academic research articles for a theatre research paper assignment. You can search the databases by keyword, and the search results will give you a list of articles with their authors, titles, and the names of the journals they appear in.

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performance documentation

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The largest Broadway database online.

reviews

Search by names of playwrights and titles of plays in these news databases to find contemporary or historical reviews.

library books

books from the Play by Play bookstore in St. Paul MN

You will also need to read even more books about your playwrights, their work, and their influences in order to write an outstanding original research paper. Check the footnotes and references in the best research articles you find, as well as the notes and bibliographies in other books you already have in order to find good ideas for more books to read!

Just like for scripts you cannot find in our online resources or in the Libraries, you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL) for any books or articles you need that we don't already own, and the UK Libraries will borrow them for you from another library, and let you know when they arrive.

Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

play scripts in print at UK Libraries

example playscripts in the library collection

Scripts can be found on the second floor of the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, in the shelves where call numbers begin with "PN," "PQ," "PR," "PS" and "PT." Monologues can be found under the call numbers beginning with PN 2080. It is fun to browse for plays in these sections of the library.

If you're looking for a specific play or playwright, you can look up the name or title in InfoKat Discovery to find an exact call number. Critical editions of plays are often located in William T. Young Library, so check locations carefully.

play scripts found in online databases

Play scripts can also be found online in many of the Libraries' subscription databases and other collections of resources:

play scripts not available through the UK Libraries

For scripts you cannot find in our online resources or in the Libraries, you can request an interlibrary loan (ILL), and the UK Libraries will borrow it for you from another library, and let you know when it arrives.