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Research Theatre History in the Paul Robeson Library: Home

A short guide to resources for researching Theatre history within the Paul Robeson Library and the Rutgers University Libraries digital resources

General Information

Theatre History




Suggested Reference Sources:

Cambridge Guide to Theatre / REF PN 2035 C27 1995

Oxford Companion to Theatre / REF PN 2035 O98 1983

Cambridge History of British Theatre / REF PN 2581 C36 2006

Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre REFPN 2035 C65 2002

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre PN 2189 W67

Oxford Companion to American Theatre REF PN 2220 B6 1984

Selected Theatre Criticism, 1900-1950 REF PN 2277 N5 S44 1985


Finding Books

Use The Library Catalog


Online Databases

MLA International Bibliography

Literature Resource Center

Literature Online (LION)

Humanities Index Retrospective

Project Muse

(For further research you might also use the New York Times or American Periodicals database)


Full Text Resources

Literature Online (LION) -- contains the full text of selected plays

Black Drama:  1850 to the present -- contains the full text of 1,200 plays written by 201 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African disapora countries

The Library Catalog will contain links to the full text of some plays, especially those from the 18th century and older.