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Theatre LibGuide: Books & Media

What are books good for?

Besides being super great things to escape inside by reading them, books can help you with research. Some books contain criticisms and essays by multiple authors, much like journals contain articles. And once you've found a book that is relevant, check out the bibliography (usually in the back of the book or at the end of chapters) for citations the author used to write the book. These can lead you to more relevant sources, in books, and in journals. Browsing a general topic book can also help you narrow your topic to something more specific, or give you ideas for completely different topics or papers.

Browsing for Books on Literature in KML

Books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. The Library Locations page shows where in the library you can find each Dewey number. Signs are also posted in the library next to the elevator on each floor and in the stairwells.

Here are some suggested Dewey Decimal areas for browsing the library’s shelves for Theatre books:

391 Costume/Fashion(Examples, not Construction)
792 Theatre (Performance, all aspects)
808.8245 Monologues
812 and 822 Plays and criticism
822.33 Shakespeare



View ebooks on Theatre:

Ebrary - ebooks on many aspects of Theatre and the performing arts

EBSCO Ebook Collection - Search by keyword for subject areas or titles.

Project Gutenburg -  Project Gutenburg is a database of full text "fair use" books. This link will take you to the "Plays Shelf", containing mostly classics.

For more information about viewing & downloading ebooks, see the Ebooks page

Streaming Videos

Kanopy - NEW! A large streaming video site, view films in the cultural arts and film study, as well as popular films.

Films on Demand - View documentaries or film clips on a number of Theatre topics, including many full length productions of plays.

Digital Theatre Plus - Experience the thrill of live performance brought directly to your teaching space - Watch high quality films of leading theatre productions - Discover how plays are brought to the stage in interviews with the creative teams - Learn about interpretive choice through detailed analysis of play texts - Teach key plays with stimulating and relevant support

 Google Cultural Institute - Performing Arts - description from site, "Founded in 2011, the Google Cultural Institute is a not-for-profit initiative that partners with cultural organizations to bring the world's cultural heritage online. We build free tools and technologies for the cultural sector to showcase and share their gems, making them more widely accessible to a global audience." Includes links to full productions in music, opera, theatre, dance, and performance art from several well known companies.


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