Subject Guides: Theatre & Dance

Core Databases

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
Definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. information about this database

Contains a substantive archive of Dance and Theatre journals

MLA International Bibliography
Standard scholarly index to criticism in the areas of theatre, literature, language, linguistics, film studies, and folklore, published from 1920-present.

Other Recommended Databases

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

Literature Criticism Online
All full text, this extensive archive of criticism of 20th century literary works comes from scholarly journals and books. information about this database

Contains a number of full-text journals in both dance and theatre.

Physical Education Index
Indexes scholarly and trade literature from 1970 to the present for physical education, including curriculum, medicine, dance, and more.

Project MUSE
A full-text database with journal articles in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. information about this database

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Index to scholarly and popular literature in musicology, ethnomusicology, dance, and other music-related disciplines.  information about this database

Primary Sources

Early English Books Online
Digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
Over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) comprising books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more based on the English Short Title Catalogue Works published in the UK during the 18th century plus thousands from elsewhere. Content covers critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more. Primarily in English but also includes other languages.

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2006
Since its first publication in 1785, The Times (London) has become one of the most preeminent, global daily (except Sundays) newspapers of the 18th- through early 21st-centuries centuries, covering international events, people, places, politics, business news, opinion and debate, entertainment and advertising. The Times Digital Archive makes this highly regarded resource available in an easy-to-navigate, fully-searchable online resource containing every page of every issue within the range of years displayed in the product banner.

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.

Images and Other Media

Theatre in Video
Contains performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries. Some plays presented in multiple productions exemplifying various interpretations of the text, and technical and cultural differences among the presentations. Stage work of directors and actors are cross-searchable and available for side-by-side comparison. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances, provide illustration of the development of texts and the productions.