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Theatre Studies

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


The information on this page will help you find scholarly articles in theatre-specific databases and other databases with theatre-specific content. 

Limiting to "Peer Reviewed" Articles

"Peer reviewed" (or "refereed" journals) are publications that subject content to a critical review by other experts in the field prior to accepting a manuscript for publication. Limiting your literature search to peer-reviewed journals ensures results that reflect a high level of scholarship. 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 (e.g. "peer-reviewed journals"). 

Theatre-specific Databases

General and Multidisciplinary 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