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THE 111: Introduction to Theatre
Mr. Laeger

Reference Sources | Magazine & Journal Articles | Books | World Wide Web
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The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library useful for doing research for this course. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.


Reference Sources

Reference books and similar sources online are a great place to start your research because they provide background information on your topic. As you explore these sources, write down words that describe your topic. You'll be able to use these words later when you search for articles and books.

Reference books about the theatre and African Americans are located on the first floor in Main Reference and Special Collections. Those listed below are a selection of books you may wish to explore. Browse the shelves around them for other books.

Theatre in General

  • The Penguin Dictionary of the Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 2035 .T3 1993
  • International Dictionary of Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 2035 .I49 1992
  • The Cambridge Guide to the Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 2035 .C36 1995
  • The Oxford Companion to the Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 2035 .O9 1983
  • The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 1861 .W67 1996
  • The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre
    Main Reference: ML 102 .M88 G3 1994
  • Historic Costume for the Stage
    Main Reference: PN 2067 .B3 1963
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
    Main Reference: PN 1625 .M3 1984
  • Theater Pictorial: A History of World Theater as Recorded in Drawings, Paintings, Engravings and Photographs
    Main Reference: PN 2111 .A4
  • Literature Resource Center (ASU)
  • Scribner Writers Series (ASU)

The Theatre in America & Elsewhere

  • A Pictorial History of the American Theatre 1860-1970
    Main Reference: PN 2266 .B585
  • The Oxford Companion to the American Theatre
    Main Reference: PN 2220 .B6 1992
  • Annals of the New York Stage
    Main Reference: PN 2277 .N504
  • The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage, 1930-1940
    Main Reference: PN 2277 .N5 L364 1989
  • Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary
    Main Reference: PN 2285 .N65 1989
  • The Elizabethan Stage
    Main Reference: PN 2589
  • The English Stage from the Restoration 1660-1830
    Main Reference: PN 2581 .G4
  • Kabuki Encyclopedia: An English-Language Adaptation of Kabuki Jiten
    Main Reference: PN 2924.5.K3 L44
  • Kabuki Costume
    Main Reference: GT 1745.J3 S5
  • Critical Survey of Drama (English Language Series)
    Main Reference: PR 623 .C75
  • Critical Survey of Drama (Foreign Language Series)
    Main Reference: PN 1625 .C74 1986
  • Literature Resource Center (ASU)
  • Scribner Writers Series (ASU)

African-Americans in the Theatre

  • Dictionary of the Black Theatre: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Selected Harlem Theatre
    Special Collections Reference: PN 2270 .A35 W64 1983
  • Early Black American Playwrights and Dramatic Writers
    Special Collections Reference: PS 153 .P44 1990
  • Blacks in Opera: An Encyclopedia of People and Companies, 1873-1993
    Special Collections Reference: ML 102 .O6 S6 1995
  • Afro-American Writers After 1955: Dramatists and Prose Writers
    Special Collections Reference: PS 153 .N5 A34 1985 v.38
  • Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
    Special Collections Reference: E 185 .E53 1996
  • African-American Biographical Database (ASU)
  • African-American History & Culture (ASU)
  • Literature Resource Center (ASU)
  • Scribner Writers Series (ASU)

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Magazine & Journal Articles

The best method for finding magazine and journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases or print indexes. The databases are now easily accessible in the residence halls and off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Some of the article databases include the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the magazine or journal title in:

  • Serials Solutions (ASU) - Is it available in another database?
  • HORNetCat - Is it available in the Serials Department on the Library's third floor?


Print Indexes

  • Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature
    Serials - 3rd floor

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Because of their length, books provide a more in-depth look at topics than articles do. To find books in the University Library and e-books (electronic books) you'll need to use these:

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World Wide Web

Check out these resources from the American Memory site at the Library of Congress.

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Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Barbara Hightower ( or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
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December 11, 2003