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First Stop Resources

Berg Fashion Library go! Available Online

Provides integrated text and image content on world dress and fashion throughout history. Offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections, including the Encyclopedia of world dress and fashion, e-books, e-journals, museum directory, reference works, images, and more. Browsable by time (1600 to date) and by place (click on world map).

Guide to monologues, men go! Available in Print

An index of over 800 monologues from classical and modern plays.

Guide to Monologues, Women go! Available in Print

An index of over 800 monologues from classical and modern plays.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance go! Available in Print

Covers “human expressions with large cultural significance.” From ancient Greek theater to the present, and beyond traditional theater to opera, film, dance, radio, and even circuses, rituals, and parades.

Articles (Research Databases)

America: History & Life go!

U.S. and Canadian history and related topics in social sciences and humanities. 2100+ international journals, books, and dissertations; film and video reviews from 1988 to present.

Historical Abstracts go!

World history (1450 to present) and related areas of the social sciences and humanities, including culture, diplomacy, economics, international relations, and politics. More »


Includes several of the major theatre journals: multidisciplinary. More »

MLA International Bibliography go!

Language, literature, humanities, folklore, drama, and criticism. 3,000+ international journals and series, monographs, working (unpublished) papers, conference proceedings, bibliographies and more.

Project MUSE go!

Includes several of the main theatre journals. Humanities, social science, and mathematics. 1995 – present. More »

ProQuest Newsstand go!

Good for production reviews, essays, and interviews. 300+ U.S. and international news sources, full-text.


20,000 Years of Fashion: the History of Costume and Personal Adornment go! Available in Print

The Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes go! Available in Print

From 1876 to 1888, 2000 color reproductions covering the upper classes and royalty, as well as the working classes, soldiers, and the poor. Europe and lands from Japan to the Arctic Circle and North America, excluding the American colonies.

Texts Online, Free

Alex Catalogue go!

Project Gutenberg go!

Shakespeare, Complete Works go!

The Online Books Page go!

University of Virginia’s Digital Texts (VIRGO catalog) go!

“New Virgo searches

  1. the standard library catalog records for books, journals, videos, manuscripts, sound recordings, etc, whether they’re on the Library shelves or they’re online
  2. the full text of thousands of books and manuscripts that the Library has digitized over the years
  3. descriptions of thousands of  images the Library has digitized.

You can choose to search everything or you can use the “facets” on the left side of the search page to limit your search to specific libraries or collections.”  From:


Inter-Play Index of Plays go! Available Online

On-line Index to Plays in Collections, Anthologies, And Periodicals. 18,000+ entries for plays. Portland State University Library.

The Costume Page go! Available Online

The Costumer’s Manifesto Resource go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

Variety go! Available Online

Use this web site to search for full text reviews of productions–back to 1900. Under “Latest News” click “Reviews.”

Virtual Library, Theatre and Drama go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

Includes a section on “Theatre Image Collections Online.”

Helpful Links

Your Librarian

Liz Ginno
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