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Reference Sources - Electronic

For key concepts, brief topic overviews, background information from sources such as dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, gazetteers, handbooks, and statistical compilations

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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Library Catalog

Examples of searches in the online catalog:

Author: Williams Tennessee
Title: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Subject: Theater History
Keyword Anywhere: theater costume
Call No.: PS3545 I5365 C37 1975
Command Search: theater AND costume

Most theater titles are in the PN’s. 


Featured Book - Print

Cover Art
Showtime - Larry Stempel
Call Number: ML1711.8.N3 S73 2010 Columbia Main
ISBN: 9780393067156
Publication Date: 2010-09-06


Databases for Theater and Acting Topics

Library databases primarily contain journal and newspaper articles but may also include books, media, reference items, and more.

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Reference Books - Print

Useful reference books in print in Columbia Reference section:

Drama Criticism  (Ref. PN1601 D59)  Biographical and critical information on the most widely studied dramatic works of world literature

Critical Survey of Drama  (Ref. PN1625 C74)  Essays examine representative plays and themes employed by more than 170 dramatists from Aeschylus to 20th century

Cambridge Guide to Theatre  (Ref. PN2035 C27 2000)  see also other guides and handbooks in ref

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture  (Ref. E169.1 .S764 2000)  Includes some theatrical info

American Decades  (Ref. E169.12 .A419 1994)  Each volume includes section on arts for each decade of  20th century

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