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American Drama

This guide was originally created for the International Conference on American Drama, held at Kean University in October 2010.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

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The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Encyclopedias for American Drama

American Repertory Theatre Reference Book

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Asian American Literature

Electronic Resource

The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library)  Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Catalog of the American Musical

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Contemporary American Drama

Electronic Resource

Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Contemporary Jewish-American Dramatists and Poets

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)
Multiple Volumes

Dictionary of Costume

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Directory of the American Theater, 1894-1971

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Early Black American Playwrights and Dramatic Writers

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Main Collection (Third Floor)

Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Hispanic Literature of the United States

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Main Collection (Third Floor)

Historical Dictionary of American Theater

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Notable Latino Writers

Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-3

Notable Names in American Theatre

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Oxford Companion to American Theatre

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Plays, Players, and Playwrights: An Illustrated History of the Theatre

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Recommended Encyclopedias for Costumes

Complete Costume Dictionary

Electronic Resource

Dictionary of Costume

Reference Collection Annex (Second Floor)

Fashion, Costume, and Culture

Reference Collection (Second Floor)
Volumes 1-5

Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes

Reference Collection (Second Floor)

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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