Albany: Film and Television Documentation Center, SUNY Albany, 1975–. The most complete index to international, trade, popular, and scholarly publications about film and television. Very thorough in its coverage of reviews, interviews, criticism, and production information. A retrospective version of this database, covering only publications from 1975 through 2001, is available online for free at http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/fli/index.jsp.
New York: Modern Language Association, 1921–. Useful for scholarly criticism of dramatic works, this database lists citations to books, book chapters, articles, and dissertations. It offers in-depth coverage of literary analysis of plays, but performance reviews and information about stagecraft and acting technique are not typically included.
http://www.artslynx.org. An index of links to performing arts, including theater, dance, music, and film, as well as sources for arts management and the arts in personal and community enrichment. The editor is Richard Finkelstein of James Madison University.
http://imdb.com. The oldest and most comprehensive Internet film Web site. The database includes information on hundreds of thousands of movies from early silent films to the latest releases, offering information on the release, script, cast, reviews, and additional information. Users can search by movie title, cast or crew member, year, genre, country, production company, or combinations thereof. Industry news and information about upcoming releases are available through articles and message boards. Now affiliated with Amazon.com, this site retains the flavor of its fan-based origins. Some features designed specifically for industry professionals are available only by subscription.
http://www.videoccasions-nw.com/history/jack.html. Includes links of interest to the student, the researcher, and the dramaturge, organized by period and topic. The site is maintained by Jack Wolcott, a retired professor of drama at the University of Washington.
Ed. William W. Demastes. Westport: Greenwood, 1995. Covers the lives, works, critical reception, and impact of 40 American playwrights, some prominent and others lesser known, including many women and minority writers who have not received much critical attention. Each entry is followed by a detailed bibliography of the playwright’s works, criticism, and reviews. Greenwood publishes similar sourcebooks for contemporary British and American dramatists as well as volumes devoted to specific playwrights.
Detroit: Gale, 1991–. 36 vols. to date. Provides biocritical information about playwrights and plays. Much of this series is available through the Literature Resource Center database (see Databases and Indexes in Literature, p. 40).
Ed. Martin Banham. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Offers international coverage of major playwrights, actors, directors, works, traditions, theories, companies, venues, and events as well as information on theater history, design, and architecture.
Ed. Ian Aitken. 3 vols. New York: Routledge, 2006. Covers the documentary genre with more than 700 entries from international scholars on films, filmmakers, themes, and techniques.
By Kurt Ganzl. 2nd ed. 3 vols. New York: Schirmer, 2001. Surveys musical theater, providing detailed background on musicals and profiles of those involved with them.
By Ephraim Katz and Ronald Dean Nolen. 6th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. Offers brief entries on terms, topics, styles, genres, industry jargon, and individuals related to the history of film. Though it fits into a single volume, this work contains a wealth of handy information.
6 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. The most exhaustive reference work on dance, covering the historical evolution of dance throughout the world, analysis of dance techniques, theories of aesthetics, influential individuals, important companies, and significant works.
2nd ed. 5 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984. Contains articles on playwrights, periods of theater history, and notable figures in theater. Brief critical comments on plays are given under author entries. Though dated, this work is particularly useful for its coverage of past productions and includes many illustrations.
Ed. Don Rubin. 6 vols. London: Routledge, 2000. An authoritative, up-to-date guide to current theater with a global perspective and thorough coverage organized by country.