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  • American Drama
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    When complete, this collection will contain more than 2,000 plays by American dramatists that chronicle the history and culture of America through its dramatic writing. At present, American Drama includes 711 plays by dramatists such as Thomas Paine, Edward Hitchcock, and James Lawson.

    Part of the Literature Online collection.

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
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    The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

    This database is part of USC's subscription to the Web of Science.

    The AHCI is also available in print in the Doheny Reference Center.

  • Arts & Humanities Full Text
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    This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies. It is designed to complement the following indexes: ABM, Avery, BHA, BHI, DAAI, Index Islamicus, MLA, Philosopher's Index and RILM.
  • Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection
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    The Audio Drama Collection delivers more than three hundred important dramatic works in streaming audio from the curated archive of the nation’s pere radio theatre company. The plays - which include some of the most significant dramatic literature of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries - are performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening. Specialized indexing at the track level for over half of these recordings links individual segments of plays to specific academic disciplines and subject keywords.
  • Bertolt Brecht Werke
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    Bertolt Brecht's work has always provoked heated discussion, though today he is viewed as principally a classicist and a rationalist. Bertolt Brechts Werke im World Wide Web is an ideal instrument for research and will revolutionise the academic study of Brecht's oeuvre. All texts follow the Grosse kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe. The notes provide information on the background to each work, its textual history and reception, and give details of Brecht's collaborators, sources and models, as well as comments on individual points.
  • Black Drama (Second Edition)
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    Contains approximately 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights, with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. Close to 600 of the plays are published here for the first time, including a number by major authors.
  • English Drama
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    A combination of Chadwyck-Healey's English Verse Drama and English Prose Drama full-text databases
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
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    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
  • Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL)
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    The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL) provides a digital venue for documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many political landscapes of the Americas. HIDVL brings together materials that existed only in small private archives that lacked the resources to care for these extraordinary cultural documents. Using the resources of digital technology, the Hemispheric Institute ensures thelong-term preservation of these rare videos and make them accessible to viewers around the world. The trilingual Artist Profiles contextualize the video collections with photos, texts, interviews, bibliographies and additional materials that viewers might find useful:
    In order to use the database you need to create an account on the Hemi website (using your .edu email)
  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
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    This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
  • Latino Literature
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    This is the most comprehensive database in this field, with more than 100,000 pages of fiction and poetry representing Chicano and Latin American writers working in the United States. The drama section will soon include over 450 plays, with 500 photographs on the Hispanic Theater. The majority of works are from the 20th c., from the Chicano Renaissance to the present day. The groups represented are Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Argentineans, Dominicans, and Central Americans. Supplementary items included are playbills and performance material, poetry readings, book presentation flyers, book covers, and photographs. All items are indexed and linked to the texts. Texts are in English or Spanish.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Literature Criticism Online
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    LCO is comprised of 10 collections of English-language scholarly and popular commentary on literary works in most languages ranging from the classical to Shakespeare to contemporary publications. Covers not only novels but also poetry, short stories, and drama. Entries are in-depth and include bibliographies. Search by key words, author, title, or browse by works, authors, and topics.
  • MLA International Bibliography
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    Index to scholarly publication in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4000 journals and series published worldwide. Indexing only: no full text.
  • Play Index
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    Play Index searches over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present in the convenient electronic form that patrons prefer. An invaluable aid to finding the perfect plays, Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title; author; subject (sisters, culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); genre (comedy, melodrama, musical); cast type.
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    The most comprehensive multimedia theatre database on the internet.Includes decades of digitized versions of Playbills, photos, videos and more!
  • Texas Collection of Comedias Sueltas and Spanish Theater
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    A database of a major collection of Spanish dramatic literature in small pamphlet form, includes popular theatrical and musical entertainment genres and 15,000 works from Spain and Latin America, by 2,500 authors, from 1603 to the late 1930s. Searchable by author, title, composer, place of publication, publisher, printer, keyword and date.
  • Theatre in Video
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    Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. Represented are hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. Included are landmark performances such as The Iceman Cometh, Awake and Sing, Dom Juan, Krapp's Last Tape, and the complete works of Shakespeare as produced by the BBC and other theatrical companies. Notable actors Claire Bloom, Laurence Olivier, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Dreyfuss, Walter Mathau, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and more. Students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • Victorian Popular Culture: a Portal
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    Victorian Popular Culture is an essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This innovative portal invites users into the darkened halls, small backrooms and traveling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic and spiritualist seances. The resource is divided into four self-contained sections: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema; Music Hall, Theater and Popular Entertainment; Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks; Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic.