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Fall 2010

Listed in: English, as ENGL-95; Jennifer A. Cayer (Section 02)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Michael Kasper.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Web Resources
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Anthropological Index Online (1970 to present)

AnthroSource (1988 to present)
Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), AnthroSource indexes 100 years of anthropological material.

Academic OneFile (1980 to present)
Full-text articles from all disciplines.

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

America: History & Life (1964 to present)
Covers the world's scholarly literature on the history and culture of the United States and Canada.

Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (1951 to present)
Indexes about 3,000 journals and 7,000 books per year.

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.

Cambridge Collections (Companions) Online
Excellent scholarly overviews of many topics in literature, cultural studies, philosophy, theater, and other arts. Take a look at volumes such as Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies.

Annual Review of Anthropology
Yearly surveys of different "hot" topics in anthropology. Search this collection and you can find literature reviews such as "The Anthropology of Theater and Spectacle" by William O. Beeman in Vol 23. 1993 pp. 369-393.


Do you already have an exact reference to an article you need?  Find it through the Citation Linker.


Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

Articles, with brief bibliographies, on all kinds of performances -- from standard plays to dance to film, television to popular performance such as carnivals, circus, and public executions.

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre. London & N.Y., 1994. 6 vols.
Articles on theatrical cultures around the world, arranged by region, and then by country; vol.6 includes a substantial bibliography. (Ref PN 1861 W67 1994)

Action Art: A Bibliography of Artists' Performance from Futurism to Fluxus and Beyond. Westport CT, Greenwood, 1993.
A book-length bibliography on performance art generally, and on individual artists. (Ref NX 456.5 F55 G73 1993)

Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes. Second edition. N.Y., Schirmer Books, 2000.
A quirky collection of brief entries on experimental artists, including many performance artists. (Ref NX 456 K67 2000)

Encyclopedia of World Cultures. Boston, G.K. Hall, 1991. 11 vols.
Articles on ethnic groups' history, sociopollitcal organization, religion, language, etc., arranged by region, then by group. (Ref GN 307 E53 1991)

International Encyclopedia of Dance
Covers the full range of dance -- theatrical, ritual, ethnic,  social and more.

Grove Music Online
Electronic version of Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture
Brief, but signed, essays on a wide variety of popular topics: people, television shows, movies, topics. Illustrations and short bibliographies.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
For all that troublesome, complicated-sounding academic terminology.

Web Resources

Franklin Furnace
Downtown New York's center for performance art over the past few decades; click on the "RESEARCH" tab for access to archived videos, texts, bibliography, etc.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
An NYU-associated website devoted to performance in the Americas, with archived videos, texts, interviews, discussion forums, etc.

Citing Sources

Be sure to credit the sources you use for a research project -- whether printed books and journals or online texts, websites, etc. The MLA 2009 Formatting and Styles Guide from Purdue University's Writing Center tells you how to cite in the newest format from the Modern Language Association.

Annotated Bibliographies
Guidance on how to cite correctly and make meaningful annotations from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin.