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19th Century Theatre History

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of 19th Century Theatre.

Why Use Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Histories?

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By using the Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Histories available online.  If you are just getting starting on a topic these tools will acquaint you with the terms and ideas in your topic. 

  • Encyclopedias are a comprehensive reference works containing articles on a wide range of subjects or on numerous aspects of a particular field, usually arranged alphabetically.
  • Dictionaries are a reference books containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.
  • Histories are a chronological record of events, as of the life or development of a people or institution, often including an explanation of or commentary on those events. 

Online Versions Of Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Histories

Print Versions of Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Histories

Why Use Bibliographies and Indexes?


Bibliographies are a list of writings that share a common factor: this may be a topic, a language, a period, or some other theme. The list may be comprehensive or selective. One particular instance of this is the list of sources used or considered in preparing a work, sometimes called a reference list.  A bibliography may be arranged by author, topic, or some other scheme. Annotated bibliographies give descriptions about how each source is useful to an author in constructing a paper or argument. These descriptions, usually a few sentences long, provide a summary of the source and describe its relevance. Reference management software may be used to keep track of references and generate bibliographies as required.


Indexes are an alphabetical list of names or subjects dealt with in a book, indicating where they are referred to a file or catalogue in a library which enables a book or reference to be found. You will find a number of Indexes in the "Finding Articles & Databases" tab of this guide, however the ones listed here are only available in print.

Bibliographies and Indexes/Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Histories