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Black Drama Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Includes 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights.  Includes information about productions, theaters, theater companies, playbills, photographs, and more.

Note: 1,462 plays and more

Cambridge Histories Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 250 Cambridge University Press reference works published since 1960. In addition to history, these titles cover economics, the history of science, the history of the book, language and linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political and social theory, religion, theatre and performing arts, and warfare.
Note: 250 reference works

Multi-Database Search Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available Resource contains images
This resource allows the simultaneous searching of all the full-text and bibliographic databases to which all of CUNY subscribes and all EBSCO databses, as well as the CUNY+ Online Catalog. It does not include the resources to which the Graduate Center subscribes separately. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: Search all CUNY-wide electronic resources simultaneously

Oxford Journals Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Includes the text of 262 Oxford University Press journals from 1996 to the present.  Use the database's advanced search function to search by author, article titles, or journal or by year.  Although content prior to 1996 may be searched, the Graduate Center has access only to text from 1996 to the present.

Note: 262 journals from 1996 to present

Palgrave Connect Literature Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 120 books.

Note: 120 books

Scribner Writers Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Reference works about American and British writers.  May be searched independently or within Gale Virtual Reference Library or Literature Resources from Gale.

Note: American and British writers

19th Century Masterfile Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Also known as Poole's Plus, this database includes over eight million citations to periodical articles, books, patents, and American and British government documents before 1925.
Note: index of documents before 1925

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Interdisciplinary full-text database. Full text of over 8,700 journals, including 7.600 peer-reviewed journals, with indexing for another 4,000 titles.   While full text is available as far back as 1887 for a few titles, the text of most titles is available only for the past decade or two.  Also includes the text of books, conference papers, conference proceedings, and educational reports. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: text from over 8,700 journals in all disciplines

Art Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
The full-text version of Art Index indexes 460 journals, providing the full text of many beginning with 1997. In addition to art history and architecture titles, many film journals are included. A list of available titles can be generated by going here and selecting Journal Directory. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: full text version of Art Index

Arts & Humanities Citation Index Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Part of Web of Science, this database finds bibliographic citations, abstracts, cited references, and the number of times cited for articles from 1,160 international journals in the arts and humanities since 1975 as well as relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journal. Approximately 2,300 new records containing 15,525 new references are added each week. To search only this portion of Web of Science, scroll to bottom of search screen and check only Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Scopus is a similar citation index emphasizing the sciences and social sciences, with some humanities coverage.
Note: cited references since 1975

ARTstor Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains images
Nearly one million images of art and architecture. Online help.
Note: one million images

Biography Reference Bank Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Biographical information about over 550,000 people. Includes 380,000 periodical articles and more than 36,000 images. Over 80,00 profiles from reference works published by Garland, Greenwood, Harvard University Press, Houghton Mifflin, Oryx, Oxford University Press, and H. W. Wilson. There are 5,000 biographies from the 2004 edition of the American National Biography. A complete list of such sources is available.
Note: 550,000 biographies

Black Thought and Culture: African Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Over 100,000 pages of monographs, essays, speeches, letters, and interviews. The 1,100 figures covered, when the database is complete, will include James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Ralph Bunche, Angela Davis, Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Huey Newton, Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson, Bobby Seale, Booker T. Washington, Cornel West, and Richard Wright.
Note: monographs, essays, etc.

Chicago Manual of Style Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 15th edition available online to GC affiliates only. Includes quick guide, questions and answers, and additional tools.
Note: text of 15th ed.

Cinema Image Gallery Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains images
200,000 images from the Kobal Collection. Includes film and television stills, on-set shots of actors and directors, set and costume designs, posters, etc.
Note: 200,000 film images

Communication and Mass Media Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Includes the full text of over 325 journals in communications and media, as well as citations from several hundred additional titles. To determine its usefulness for a wide range of topics in the humanities and social sciences, consult the publications list within the database.
Note: over 325 journals

Digital Dissertations/Abstracts and Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Indexes two-million dissertations from over one-thousand institutions, with citations from 1861-1980 and abstracts from 1980+. Includes the full text of most CUNY dissertations and post-1997 dissertations from other institutions. Database Guide (PDF)


Note: citations, abstracts, recent text

Directory of Open Access Journals Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Over 3,200 online journals arranged by subject. Supported by SPARC and the Open Society Institute.
Note: free full-text journals

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Scanned images of the text of over 118,500 books published in English between 1473 and 1700. Information about resizing text, printing multiple pages, and citing EEBO titles is available.
Note: 118,500 books

Eighteenth Century Collection Online (ECCO) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
ECCO offers every page of 150,000 books published during the eighteenth century in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, and Welsh. In addition to searches by author, title, and publisher, these books may be searched by individual categories such as fine arts, history and geography, law, literature and language, medicine, science, and technology, religion and philosophy, social sciences, general reference, or a combination of two or more subjects. Illustrated works may be searched by cartoon, map, music, portrait, etc. ECCO may also be browsed by author and title.
Note: over 150,000 books

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) Unrestricted Resource
The British Library provides free access to records of over 460,000 items published in English between 1473 and 1800.
Note: free access

Essay & General Literature Index Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Contains citations to essays in collections of mostly scholarly works and miscellaneous works published since 1984 in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. More than 300 volumes are indexed annually. While there are no abstracts, complete contents of the volumes are listed. An extremely useful resource for all disciplines because it indexes sources not covered elsewhere.
Note: indexes essay collections

Film Literature Index Unrestricted Resource
Indexes all the content of 150 film and television journals from 30 countries and selectively indexes 200 additional periodicals. Includes 700,000 citations of articles, film reviews, and book reviews from 1976-2001. This resource is not being updated. Also see Searching for DVDs and Videocassettes in CUNY+.
Note: free 1976-2001 index

Gale Virtual Reference Library Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 275 reference books published by Gale, Brill Academic, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Greenwood, Sage, Salem Press, Wiley, and others.  Titles include American Civil War Reference Library, Ancient Europe, 8000 BC to AD 1000, Encyclopedia of Aging, Encyclopedia of American Religions, Encyclopedia of Case Study Research, Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History, Magill's Survey of World Literature, Vietnam War Reference Library; World Education Encyclopedia.
Note: 275 reference books

Grove Music Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. Also includes The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. The 29 volumes of the text edition are available in the library's reference collection under Ref. ML100.N48 2001.  Grove Music also includes the contents of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. A guide to the database is available. Database Guide (PDF)Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+. 
Note: music dictionary

Humanities Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Includes abstracts of articles published in English from 1984 to the present in all fields of the humanities. Includes text from 287 periodicals.
Note: indexes journals since 1984

Humanities International Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Indexes over 2,100 humanities sources, including journals, books, and reference works, with full text of 890 journals. In addition to articles and reviews, the database provides abstracts of fiction, poetry, photographs, and drawings.
Note: 890 journals

Iter Bibliography Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Indexes 1,707 journals published since 1784, over 96,000 books, over 190,000 essays from over 7,300 books, and over 1,500 dissertations since 1990 about the middle ages and renaissance. Bibliography contains more than 1,010,000 records. Find it! does not work with this resource. To see possible links to full text in Iter Bibliography, select the Full Details of a record and then the Check for full text box.
Note: secondary medieval and renaissance bibliography

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Graduate Center's subscription includes Iter Bibliography, Iter Italicum, Milton Bibliography, the journals Early Theatre and Renaissance and Reformation, and the forthcoming Bibliography of English Women Writers, 1500-1640 and Baptisteria Sacra. Find it! does not work with these resources. To see possible links to full text in Iter Bibliography, select the Full Details of a record and then the Check for full text box.
Note: bibliographies

JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
The Arts and Sciences I-IX collections of JSTOR offer the full text of 1,729 scholarly journals including African studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, classical studies, ecology, economics, education, feminist and women's studies, film studies,  folklore, geography, history, , language,  literature,  Middle East studies, music, performing arts, philosophy, religion, sociology.  Coverage begins with the first issue of almost every journal and continues through varying periods within the last five years. Click here for a list of the journals by subject and the available dates. Click here for an alphabetical list. Using JSTOR with such citation-management tools as EndNote and RefWorks requires creating a MyJSTOR account. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: 1,729 scholarly journals

Literature Resources from Gale Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
MLA International Bibliography, as well as more than 10,000 bio-critical essays from Dictionary of Literary Biography; biographical information about over 130,000 writers from Contemporary Authors; all entries from Contemporary Literary Criticism since volume 95 and complete profiles of more than 200 of the most studied authors from previous editions of CLC; the Scribner Writers Series of 15-to-20-page essays about over 1,600 writers and literary genres; and the full text of 600 books from Twayne's Author Series. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: MLA, biographies, and criticism

MLA (Modern Language Association) International Bibliography Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
MLA, available through Gale's Literature Resource Center, indexes over 3,000 periodicals dealing with literature, language, linguistics, folklore, and popular culture from 1926 to the present. MLA includes the full text from recent issues of 141 journals. Database Guide (PDF)



Note: literature & language index

NetLibrary Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
NetLibrary hosts a collection of 2,594 recent scholarly titles as electronic books. These titles represent all disciplines and are aimed at both undergraduate and graduate research needs. While all of CUNY shares a core of NetLibrary titles, several campuses, including the Graduate Center, have purchased additional titles. NetLibrary also provides access to over 3,400 public-domain titles. While no title list is provided within NetLibrary, one can be created by going to CUNY+, limiting the search to the Graduate Center, and performing the keyword search netlibrary. To use NetLibrary from home, you must first connect to the site on any CUNY campus and click on Create a free account. Accounts can also be created by connecting to NetLibrary remotely. Titles may be checked out for only twenty-four hours. Student accounts are purged at the end of each spring semester, necessitating creating new accounts. This brief guide may also be helpful. Several CUNY campuses own NetLibrary titles not available to Graduate Center affiliates. Mac users must download a free PDF browser plug-in for off-campus use. New York Public Library Electronic books are also available from New York Public Library. Links to numerous sources of public-domain books can be found at The Online Books Page. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: 2,800+ scholarly books

New York Public Library Electronic Resources in Theatre Unrestricted Resource
Resources available at NYPL's Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

New York Times Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Actual page images from 1851 through 2007. The coverage for more recent years will become available later. When the results of a search are displayed, you have three retrieval options: 1. bibliographic citation and abstract; 2. article image (retrieved with Adobe Acrobat Reader); 3. page map, displaying the entire page on which the article appears. The full text of the Times since June 1, 1980, is available from LexisNexis. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: 1851-2007

Nineteenth Century Masterfile Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Also known as Poole's Plus, this database includes over eight million citations to periodical articles, books, patents, and American and British government documents before 1925.
Note: index of documents before 1925

Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove Music) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. Also includes The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. The 29 volumes of the text edition are available in the library's reference collection under Ref. ML100.N48 2001. Oxford Music Online also includes the contents of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Database Guide (PDF)Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+. 

Note: music dictionary

Oxford Reference Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Text of more than 100 Oxford University Press reference works, including Oxford Companions to American Literature, American Theatre, the Bible, British History, Classical Civilization, History of Modern Science, Music, Philosophy, Politics of the World, Shakespeare, United States History, and Western Art.
Note: over 100 reference works

Project Muse Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 316 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Click here for a list of the available titles.Database Guide (PDF)

Note: 316 scholarly journals

Readers' Guide Full-Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Indexes popular general-interest periodicals from 1983 to the present.
Note: popular periodicals since 1983

Readers' Guide Retrospective Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Indexes popular general-interest periodicals from 1890 to 1982.
Note: indexes periodicals since 1890

RefWorks Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Online citation management licensed for all CUNY affiliates. Generate footnotes and bibliography in any writing style; organize citations and notes in your private library. RefShare allows document access for an invited group. 25 MB limit on individual file size; 5 GB individual account limit. RefWorks help guides, tutorials
Note: online citation management

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Over 250,000 citations from more than 300 journals and others sources from 1969 to the present. This database is updated monthly. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: indexes over 300 journals

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
International bibliography of writings on musical history and culture from periodicals published in seventeen countries between 1800 and 1950. Included are over 5,000 English translations of foreign-language records. The database is the creation of the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, and UNESCO's International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, with contributions from individual scholars, archivists, and librarians in North America and Europe. Coverage of Latin American publications is being planned. Approximately 20,000 records are added annually. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: 1800-1950

RISM: Music Manuscripts after 1600 Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
The database, also known as Repertoire international des sources musicales, aims to document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, and private collections and is considered the most comprehensive annotated guide to such sources. It includes more than 564,000 items by over 19,500 composers. The manuscripts reside in over 740 libraries and archives in 31 countries. At least 20,000 new records are added each year. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: guide to manuscripts, libretti, etc.

SAGE Premier Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 527 SAGE journals in the social sciences, sciences, humanities, technology, and medicine.
Note: 527 SAGE Journals

Theatre in Video Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains video
More than 300 videos of plays or drama documentaries. See Alan Arkin, Peggy Ashcroft, Marie-Christine Barrault, Claire Bloom, Zoe Caldwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Faye Dunaway, John Gielgud, Lou Gossett, Jr., Philip Baker Hall, Julie Harris, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, James Earl Jones, Harvey Keitel, Walter Matthau, Helen Mirren, Laurence Olivier, Michel Piccoli, Ralph Richardson, Meryl Streep, John Thaw, Cicely Tyson, Eli Wallach, and others in plays by Aeschylus, Albee, Beckett, Chekhov, Fugard, Gogol, Hansberry, Ibsen, Miller, Moliere, O'Neill, Pinter, Pirandello, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Strindberg, Wasserstein, and others.
Note: over 300 videos

Twayne's Author Series Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 586 books providing biographical, critical, and bibliographic studies of writers from Chinua Achebe to Emile Zola and overviews of eighteen topics, including French structuralism, Native American literature, and women writers of the English renaissance. These writers and topics may also be searched within Literature Resources from Gale.
Note: biography & criticism

World Shakespeare Bibliography Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only
Annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare published or produced since 1969. The more than 83,000 records in 92 languages cite several hundred-thousand additional reviews of books, productions, films, and audio recordings. Note that full-text links will not appear in this database.

Guide

Note: index of criticism since 1969

WorldCat (FirstSearch) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Holdings of thousands of American and international libraries. Make ILL requests with the Find it! button. Searchable in English, French, and Spanish. See an online tutorial to the database. See also the freely accessible version of WorldCat. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: holdings of thousands of libraries; make ILL requests through Find it!

WorldCat.org Unrestricted Resource ArticleLinker enabled
Free union catalog containing the holdings of thousands of libraries. Use the Find-it at CUNY feature to look up titles in the CUNY library system and to make ILL requests. Mobile WorldCat: http://www.worldcat.org/m/
Note: free catalog of the holdings of thousands of libraries; request ILL items with find-it

Style Guides

MLA Style FAQ Unrestricted Resource
 

Associations

American Association of Community Theatre Unrestricted Resource
The American Association of Community Theatre provides networking, resources and support to suit the needs of all those involved in community theatre

Centre for Research in Early English Drama Unrestricted Resource
Research in English theater from middle ages to 1642.

International Federation for Theatre Research Unrestricted Resource
Promoting collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organizations concerned with theatre research.

International Theatre Institute Unrestricted Resource
Promoting international exchange of knowledge and practice in theatre arts

League of Historic American Theatres Unrestricted Resource
Promoting the rescue, rehabilitation and sustainable operation of historic theatres throughout North America.

Modern Language Association Unrestricted Resource
Official site.

Performance Studies International Unrestricted Resource
Promoting communication and exchange between scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance.

Society for Theatre Research Unrestricted Resource
Resources for those interested in the history and technique of the British theatre.

Theatre Historical Society of America Unrestricted Resource
Recording and preserving the architectural, cultural, and society history of American theatres.

Theatre Library Association Unrestricted Resource
Preserving theatrical materials.

Libraries, Archives, and Manuscripts

Shubert Archive Unrestricted Resource
Documents the business and artistic records of the theater-owning Shubert Brothers and the Shubert Organization, held by the Shubert Foundation at the Lyceum Theatre on West 45th Street

Folger Shakespeare Library Unrestricted Resource
Renaissance resources.

Museums

Performing Arts Encyclopedia Unrestricted Resource
Resources at the Library of Congress.

SIBMAS: International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts Unrestricted Resource
Promoting research, practical and theoretical, in the documentation of the performing arts.

News

Arts and Letters Daily Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Links to news items in the humanities.

New York Times Film Reviews Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Recent reviews and articles. Older content available from New York Times Full Text and LexisNexis.

New York Times Theater Reviews Unrestricted Resource
Includes archives back to 1905.

NY Theatre Unrestricted Resource
News and reviews.

Village Voice Film Reviews Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Recent reviews and news.

Village Voice Theater Reviews Unrestricted Resource
Recent reviews and news.

Organizations

American Alliance for Theatre & Education Unrestricted Resource
The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is a networking organization for theatre artists and educators that aims to provide opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, creativity, artistry, mentorship, recognition, advocacy and more to those with a vested interest in the field of theatre and education.

GloPAC Unrestricted Resource
GloPAC is an international organization of institutions and individuals committed to using innovative digital technologies to create easily accessible, multimedia, and multilingual information resources for the study and preservation of the performing arts.

Comedie Francaise Unrestricted Resource
Theatrical company.

Web Sites

Doollee Unrestricted Resource
A comprehensive database of modern playwrights and plays written in or translated into English since the production of Look Back in Anger in 1956.  It lists around 30,000 playwrights and about 100,000 plays, and can be searched by author, title, and number of male & female roles.  It also offers lists of literary agents, publishers, theaters, and plays with significant gay/lesbian elements.

BBC Audio Interviews: Actors Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
Bates, Dench, Gielgud, etc.

BBC Audio Interviews: Filmmakers Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
Altman, Coppola, Hitchcock, Lean, etc.

BBC Audio Interviews: Playwrights Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
Coward, Orton, Pinter, Shaw, etc.

Broadway Photographs: Art Photography and the American Stage, 1900-1930 Unrestricted Resource
Arranged by performers and photographers.

Calling the Shots Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
BBC interviews with contemporary film directors.
Note: interviews with directors

Drama, Theater, and Performance Art Studies Unrestricted Resource
Voice of the Shuttle links.

Europa Film Treasures Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
Silent and avant-garde films. Free streaming access.
Note: Films from 1898 to present

Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world.

Internet Broadway Database Unrestricted Resource
Records of productions from beginning to present.

Mike Wallace Interview Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
Television interviews with writers, actors, and others in the arts conducted in 1957-1958.
Note: arts interviews

Official London Theatre Guide Unrestricted Resource
Current productions and news.

Playbill Unrestricted Resource
Current productions and news.