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Theatre & Performance Studies

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Theatre and Performance Studies.

Introduction

How to locate relevant articles: This list contains databases that are both multidiscipiinary and subject specific.

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
  • You can look for the "Limits" feature in many databases to narrow search results by publication type. 

Popular Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research. 

Customize your "Scholar Preferences" for automatic linking to NYU's full text. Enter "New York University Libraries - Get at NYU" in the Library Links box; save your preferences.

Google Scholar Search

Cross-Disciplinary Databases

Shakespearean Databases

International Databases