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Use these recommended databases to find articles or reviews for contemporary theatre, theatre history, production and design, stagecraft, media and culture studies. If you need additional help in finding books or journal articles on your topic, contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts, at sroberts@sfu.ca or 778-782-3681.

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  1. Multidisciplinary collection of journals and periodicals for the performing arts. It covers drama, theater, dance, film, and television.
  2. Citations to scholarly literature in linguistics, modern languages, folklore, literary theory & criticism, and dramatic arts; historical aspects of printing and publishing, rhetoric and composition; and, the theory and practice of teaching language and literature.
  3. Comprehensive reference work covering all aspects of Canadian and American Theatre. It has records of of thousands of plays, people, theatres, individual productions, and companies, with access to some full text plays. Also includes images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other ephemera.
  4. Online streaming video of plays and documentaries. It covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Some of the disciplines covered include: Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Asian Studies, Classics, Dance, Folklore, History, Language, Linguistics, Literary Reviews, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Radio, Television, & Film, Religion, Theatre.
  3. 252 plays from 1891- present by 42 playwrights with biographies; production details; and, scanned playbills, production photographs, and manuscript images. Represents works by authors of Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Indian, Thai, Korean, Persian, and Malaysian descent.
  4. Full texts of over 1,200 plays from mid-1800s - present by more than 150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African Diaspora countries.Includes: biographies, playbills, images, production notes, performance information. Playwrights include: Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston etc.
  5. Biographies of performers, directors, writers, producers, choreographers, composers, dancers, designers, technicians, critics and others active in Canadian, British and American film, theatre and television industries.
  6. Index to literature on design and craft since the mid-19th century. Research articles are covered, along with topical news items, conference and seminar reports, and book, video and exhibition reviews.
  7. An index to peer-reviewed publications of regional importance in emerging scientific fields in response to rapidly changing research fields and interdisciplinary scholarship to provide coverage of relevant titles in evolving disciplines.
  8. Scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
    SFU Authorized users can obtain full text links to SFU Library resources, by going to Google Scholar Settings and clicking on Library links. Then type and select Simon Fraser University - Get@SFU and Save.
    OR use the Off Campus and Wireless Access Bookmarklet to gain access to the full text licensed by SFU Library.
  9. Articles published in over 350 English-language periodicals. Topics include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Communications, Community Health, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Planning & Public Administration, Religion & Theology, Minority Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Studies etc.
  10. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  11. Over 1500 plays by over 300 women covering colonial era to present times. Topics include: the campaign for suffrage (including propaganda plays); access to higher education; inclusion in various professions; domestic entrapment; life on the frontier; and, the Underground Railroad.
  12. Humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed academic journals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies world-wide.
  13. Contains over 1000 plays, together with detailed information on theaters, production companies, and more. Also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
  14. Annotated entries for all important material about Shakespeare published or produced from 1964-early 2005. Includes: books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials.
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