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THE263/264: Theatre History (2020): Home/Books

A guide to research for students in Todd Ristau's and Lauren Ellis's classes, created by Librarian Maryke Barber

Slides from class

In this guide:

Welcome! This guide will help you in your search for great research materials.

More tips for writing an Annotated Bibliography (University of Toronto)

Suggested Subject Terms

use in the Online Catalog and in databases:

  • Stage history
  • Dramatic production

Both of these are used, added to playwrights' names, for information on how their works have been produced/staged. Example:

Sophocles -- Dramatic Production

 

DRAMA AND THEATER: TRY BOTH!!

Drama (= works on drama as a literary form.)

    Drama – 16th century
    Drama – 17th century
    etc.

Theater (= works on drama as acted on the stage. Works on facilities used to stage drama are entered under Theaters.)

Theater may have additional subjects attached. Some examples:
 

  • Theater  - Audiences
  • Theater – History
  • Theater – History – Medieval, 500-1500
  • Theater – Production and direction
  • Theater – Political Aspects
  • Theater – France - Biography



Remember: from broad to specific. Example:

  • Theater – France        
  • Theater – France – History       
  • Theater – France – History – 18th century

 

To Search for People:

Last name, first name
(+ Criticism and interpretation, + Adaptations, etc.)

 e.g. Jonson, Ben, 1573-1637 – Criticism and interpretation

Time period:  

 16th century

 

Other useful subdivisions:

  • History
  • Biography
  • Stage history
  • Dramatic works

Broader headings, for context:

  • Art and society
  • France – social conditions – 16th century

Books, Articles & Films

Search OneSearch (Hollins + Roa. College collections)

More Books

Search for an item in libraries near you:
WorldCat.org >>

Worldcat: Find books in libraries worldwide, and order them via Inter-Library Loan if Hollins does not have them.

TIPS:

  • Using www.worldcat.org will sort your results by relevance; using hollins.worldcat.org will put our books first.
  • When searching for a person in Worldcat, it helps to add a search term (or two) about who they are/what they do - to sort them out from other people with the same name. Try the following formula for artists, for example:

Kathryn Clark and art*

or use the advanced search:

  • keyword: "kathryn clark"
  • subject: art*

Google Books contains full text for books in the public domain (pre-1923); partial text for books under copyright.

Very useful for finding out which books contain information on your topic; then you can order them via inter-library loan if Hollins doesn't have them.

Video

To find theatre films on BluRay and DVD, search OneSearch - Films.

OneSearch results will also include the Theatre in Video and Films on Demand databases: