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THEA 265: First Theatre: Performance in Oral And Written Cultures Before 1700: Home: Journals

Finding Journal Articles

Useful Theatre Journals:

  Name Indexed By Full Text
  Asian Theatre Journal MLA

Full Text Access

  Theatre Journal MLA, Humanities Abstracts

Full Text Access

  Theatre Survey MLA, Humanities Abstracts Full Text Access
  Theatre Research International MLA, Humanities Abstracts

Full Text Access

  The Drama review (TDR) MLA, Humanities Abstracts

Full Text Access

  African Arts MLA, Humanities Abstracts

Full Text Access

  Journal of African Cultural Studies MLA Full Text Access
  Classical Quarterly MLA Full Text Access


Journal Indexes

MLA Bibliography
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography indexes 3,000 English language and foreign periodicals as well as books, book chapters, and dissertations. Its subject matter includes critical works on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Reviews of literary and scholarly works are not included. There are no abstracts.

Coverage: 1925 - Present.

Some Theatre Journals indexed in the MLA Bibliography:
Asian Theatre Journal
American Drama Studies in Modern Drama
Comparative Drama TDR: Drama Review
Drama and Theatre Text and Performance Quarterly
Drama Review Theater: TheoryTextPerformance
Drama Survey Theater
Drama and Theatre Theatre History Studies
JTD: Journal of Theatre and Drama Theatre Journal
Modern Drama Theatre Research International
Modern Dramatists Theatre Studies
Performing Arts Journal Theatre Survey
Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism Theatre Topics
Literature in Performance Theatre Annual


Historical Abstracts
Historical Abstracts is a reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Published since 1954. Currently over 2,000 journals published throughout the world are covered in the database.



Humanities Abstracts
Humanities Abstracts is a bibliographic database that covers English language periodicals in the diverse subject areas of the humanities. Humanities Abstracts offers detailed abstracts describing the content and scope of source articles. Feature articles are indexed, as are interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, and reviews of plays, operas, ballets, dance, musicals, movies, television and radio.
Coverage: Indexing - 1984 - present; Abstracting - 1994 - present.

Some Theatre Journals indexed in Humanitites Abstracts:
American Theatre Theatre History Studies
Performing Arts Journal Theatre Journal
Comparative Drama Theatre Notebook
Drama Theatre Research International
Modern Drama Theatre Survey
The Drama Review  


Essay and General Literature Index
Cites essays contained in anthologies and collections published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Coverage spans the humanities and social sciences, including literary works, art history, drama, and film. Indexing: 1985 to present.



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Scholarly or Not?

Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers

Scholarly Journals

  • Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review process.
  • Articles usually report original scholarly research.
  • Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines (Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone)

  • Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
  • Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain many advertisements.
  • There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
  • Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
  • Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).