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Theatre & Performance Studies: Search Articles

This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools for finding books, scholarly articles, reviews, and other topical and collection-related information in Theatre.


How to search for articles

Articles & Databases
Not all the Library databases are available here, so you may need to consult our complete list of databases. Click on the A-Z link.

Limiting to "Peer Reviewed" Articles

"Peer reviewed"  (or "refereed" journals) are those that subject content to a critical review by other experts in the field prior to accepting a manuscript for publication. Thus, limiting your literature search to the peer-reviewed journals ensures a higher level of scholarship and research methodology.  Magazines, trade journals, and newspapers tend to be "non-peer-reviewed," meaning perhaps just the editor or someone who is not an expert in the field has reviewed the content before publishing.  How do you know if a journal citation is from a peer-reviewed journal?

  • You can do a journal title search in Ulrich's Global Serials Directory.  The symbol:   indicates a journal is "refereed"
  • You can look for the "Limits" feature in many databases to narrow search results by publication type. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections. For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool

New Database!: Periodica and Miscellanea Online

Other Related Databases

Search GetIt E-Journal Titles


DATE:This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, SOURCE:National Portrait Gallery. AUTHOR: John Taylor. This image is in the public domain; PD-ART; This image is in the public domain due to its age; PD-OLD-100.