These tabs above outline where to search for the stand by elements of reseach.
the tabs to the left go into more detail about finding their types of information.
TIP: if your play or playwright is well known,
search for books of critical analysis of the playwright's work
using the Subject Search of the Library Catalog
search for the playwright (last name first) and look for subheadings, such as:
Williams, Tennessee -- Criticism and interpretation
Williams, Tennessee -- Streetcar Named Desire
to find in depth criticism in books,
use the Keyword Search in the Library Catalog by play or playwright or genre, or a combination of these
to find contemporaneous reviews, look in these databases:
New York Theatre Critic’s Reviews (1943-1994)
PN 1601 N4 PCL
to find details about major productions
(such as a production's director, theater, city, date, cast, etc.),
start with these databases:
information you find in the criticism/reviews tab above can also help you piece together a play’s history
ALSO try these databases:
*TIPS: try your play’s title or broaden it to just the playwright.
if you are getting too many unrelated hits with the play title,
try adding the playwright’s name
or other keywords like “theatre” (or “theater”) or “drama” or “productions”
learn what the social and political climate/context was
These are just a sampling of the types of identity based guides you can find in the Library Research Guides.
Be sure to look for other topics of interest in the lists.
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