Theatre

Subject Librarian
email Gerald Burke

emailgburke@albany.edu
phone(518) 442-3592
location_onUniversity Library: LI-305

Key Databases

MLA International Bibliography

Produced by the Modern Language Association and consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. It draws on scholarly research in over 5,000 journals and series, also covering relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats. Contains more than 2.5 million citations to published scholarly literature.

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Coverage:
1886+
Updated:
Quarterly
Fulltext:
Selective
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Theatre in Video: Volume I

Theatre in Video: Volume I

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Coverage:
20th century - present
Updated:
infrequently
Fulltext:
N/A
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Early English Books Online (EEBO)

Contains 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 -EEBO contains over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661), and the Early English Tract Supplement.

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Coverage:
1473-1700
Updated:
Infrequently
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Theatre in Video: Volume II

Vol. II contains 400 hours of new, international, and contemporary performances; ; ground-breaking documentaries; and critical instructional series. Covers classical playwrights to new, contemporary writers.

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Coverage:
20th century - present
Updated:
infrequently
Fulltext:
N/A
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
L.A. Theatre Works

Hundreds of important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the nationís premiere radio theatre companies. The plays are significant dramatic works of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and are performed by leading actors from around the world, recorded specifically for online listening.

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Coverage:
19th - 21st centuries
Updated:
no updates: static archives
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Literature Resource Center

Gale's Literature Resource Center focuses on undergraduate students and provides access to biographical, bibliographical, and critical analysis from the core sources Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and Contemporary Literary Criticism, although additional Gale sources are represented. It includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism. In addition, it includes a link to the full-text of Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, 1995. Please review the LRC's own "about file" for information on the database's coverage and updates that will appear frequently.

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Coverage:
Ongoing
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Humanities Source

Humanities Source provides full text plus abstracts and bibliographic indexing for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities. Includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more. Humanities Source is a valuable collection for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities. Full text for over 1,520 journals.

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Coverage:
1907 - Present
Updated:
continually
Fulltext:
Yes, selected.
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Academic Search Complete

Scholarly, multidisciplinary database. Includes more than 7,000 full-text periodicals(6,000+ are peer reviewed) in the social sciences, humanities, and science and technology.

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Coverage:
Many from 1990, some indexed as early as 1887
Updated:
Daily
Fulltext:
Yes, selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
WorldCat Classic

Collection of all the FirstSearch databases subscribed to by the University Libraries including ArticleFirst, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst, World Almanac, WorldCat, and some subject databases.

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Coverage:
Varies
Updated:
Varies
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming video service that offers over 26,000 films from over 800 leading producers such as Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, PBS, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber and First Run Features.

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Coverage:
N/A
Updated:
Continuously
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users

Other Databases

"Through the Camera Lens": The Moving Picture World and the Silent Cinema Era, 1907-1927

For anyone studying the early years of American cinema, the most important research tools are the film periodicals of the era. Chief among these was the Moving Picture World, which set the standard for the broadest possible coverage. This database consists of reviews, current releases, and published news, features, and interviews relating to all aspects of the industry, including news items, the best reviews and feature articles, and advertisements published each week.

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Coverage:
1907-1927
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Film & Television Literature Index

Provides indexing and abstracts for hundreds of publications (and selected coverage of 300), as well as selected full text. In addition, it includes Variety movie reviews from 1914 to present and over 36,300 images from the MPTV Image Archive. Subject coverage includes: cinematography, film & television theory, preservation & restoration, production, reviews, technical aspects, screenwriting, and more.

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Coverage:
1990+
Updated:
Monthly
Fulltext:
Selected
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America

The Federal Writers' Project was created by the federal government project to provide jobs for out-of-work writers during the Great Depression. This collection presents the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Forming the most complete collection of publications from all participating states, this archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. The FWP was a part of "Federal One,"the arts project established by the WPA to cover music, theater, art and writers. The WPA recognized that steelworkers, bricklayers, share-croppers, and factory workers were not the only section of the economy hit by the Depression. Academics, post-graduate students, journalists, playwrights and novelists were also unemployed. In five years the WPA spent millions, provided literary training and, more significantly, the opportunity for participants to observe, eat, and write.

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Coverage:
1933-1943
Updated:
Static Archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Nineteenth Century US Newspapers

19th Century U.S. Newspapers is a full-text searchable database of primary sources consisting of more than 500 newspapers and 1.8 million pages. Coverage spans the entire 19th century, a time of extraordinary change socially, politically and culturally. Every aspect of society and every region of the nation is found in the archive ó rural and urban, large cities and small towns, coast to coast, etc. Includes major newspapers as well as those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women's rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy, and other groups and interests.

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Coverage:
19th Century
Updated:
No updates: Static Archive
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
North American Women's Drama

Full-texts of 1,500 plays written by American and Canadian women; it covers from colonial times to the present. Includes selected playbills, production photographs, and biographical data.

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Coverage:
colonial times to present
Updated:
no updates: static archives
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
Twayne's Authors Series

In-depth critical introduction to over 600 authors from three print series: United States Authors, English Authors, World Authors. It covers a wide range of chronological and geographical locations.

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Coverage:
Various literary time periods
Updated:
N/A
Fulltext:
Yes
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users
World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Online annotated entries of all important books, articles, reviews, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare. The scope is international and contains more than 137,000 annotated entries.

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Coverage:
1962 +
Updated:
Regularly
Fulltext:
No
Access limitations:
No limitation on concurrent users