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THEA 4213/4223 - Theatre: History: Getting Started


Theatre  History I (4213) and Theatre History II (4223)

This is a guide to resources for theatre history.  Links within the guide are "live" so that you can begin searching directly from within the guide.  Contact a reference librarian for additional help with research. 

Reconstruction of the Theatre of Dionysius in Athens  

1891 German encyclopedia Kurscher (ed) "Pierers Konversationslexikon"

                      Work in the Public Domain




Research Strategy

  • Select topic.

  • Find background information from DISCOVER, Proquest Central, CREDO, or recommended reference titles.

  • Find information in online catalogs and databases.

  • Find information from web resources.

  • Evaluate and select references.

  • Cite your sources.


Numa Search


Articles, books, and other materials in one comprehensive search!

Search the Catalog

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Search for books available from other libraries in WorldCat and request them through Interlibrary Loan.

Power Searches

A good starting point is Discover Search or the Proquest Central search.  These multisearches help you find sources that might not ordinarily have been found in some traditional searches.

THEATRE may also be spelled THEATER.  Use both spellings of the word when searching.  Also consider using a search feature called truncation.  The first part of the search term is used followed by an asterisk.  For example:  theat* retrieves theatre, theater, theatrical, and other varianat forms of the word.


Reference Books Online


Reference Books provide background information or overviews of a topic, definitions of unfamiliar terms, and biographical information.  Some of the resources have bibliographies, citations, footnotes, illustrations, or other sources for further exploration.  Background sources can save you a lot of time when beginning research.   

An excellent database of reference books online is available from Credo Reference  Use the BACK arrow to click BACK and return to the guide after searching CREDO.


Cambridge Guide to Theatre is an example of one title in CREDO for theatre history.