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Theatre and Drama Resources: Getting Started

This guide is intended to provide guidance for students researching in the area of Theatre and Dramatic Arts.

WHY use reference sources in your research?

REFERENCE SOURCES (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, bibliographies, etc.) are a great place to start your research.  They provide general introductions to a wide variety of topics, can explain unfamiliar concepts, or help identify references for further research. There are a wide variety of general and subject specific reference sources that will provide information on a variety of topics within the discipline of Theatre and Dramatic Arts.

WHY use books in your research?

BOOKS tend to provide in-depth information on somewhat broad topics of Theatre and Drama.  They are excellent sources for researching:

  • genres (e.g., acting, dance, drama, fashion, film studies and stagecraft)
  • forms (e.g., history and criticism, biography and encyclopedias)
  • national forms (e.g., Canadian, Irish and American)
  • timeperiods (e.g,. 19th century and modern)
  • playwrights (e.g.,  Shakespeare, Seamus Heaney and Sharon Pollock)

WHY use articles in newspapers, magazines and journals in your research?

ARTICLES  in newspapers, magazines and journals tend to provide in-depth information on very specific topics and are a great place to research both contemporary and retrospective topics in Theatre and Dramatic Arts.  Remember that if your instructor has asked for scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed sources, you will not be able to use articles that come from newspapers or magazines.

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Library of Congress Classifications

GT 500-2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion.

GV 1580-1799.4 Dancing

MT 955-956 Musical Theater

PN 1600-3307 Drama (General)

PN 2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The Theater

PN 6110.5-6120 Collections of General Literature. Drama

PQ 500-591 French Drama

PQ 4133-4160 Italian Drama

PQ 6098.7-6129 Spanish Drama

PR 621-739 English Drama

PS 330-352 American Drama

PT 605-709 German Drama

TT 490-695 Clothing Manufacture. Dressmaking.

TT 950-979 Hairdressing