Thursday, February 23, 2012

Breaking A Leg in Different Cultures: Database Trials in Drama

TWU Libraries occasionally offer temporary access to research databases to gather feedback on possible acquisition. At these times, input from TWU students and faculty becomes a vital part of the libraries' decision-making process.

Until April 16, 2012 there are trials taking place for the drama databases listed below. Access to these and other current trials is available via the TWU Libraries Database Trials page (we'd appreciate your thoughts on the Database Trial Form at the bottom).

For questions about a database or other assistance, please contact a librarian via the TWU Libraries Ask a Librarian page.

We appreciate your time and assistance. Thank you.

Alexander Street Drama
brings together thousands of plays from Alexander Street’s six full-text drama collections and makes them accessible and cross-searchable in a single resource.

American Film Scripts makes available, for the first time, accurate and authorized versions of copyrighted screenplays. Most of the scripts are published here for the first time--and nowhere else are they available online.

Asian American Drama contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights--together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies and more. Roughly half of these plays are previously unpublished. Also included: select playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.


Black Drama contains 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights--together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies and more. Also included: select playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. About 600 of the plays are published here for the first time--including a number by major authors.

North American Indian Drama features full-text plays representing the stories and creative energies of American Indian and First Nation playwrights of the twentieth century. Many of the plays included here are previously unpublished or hard to find.

North American Women's Drama
contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights--together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies and more. More than 30% of the plays in this collection have never before been published. Also included: select playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.


Twentieth Century North American Drama
contains 1,530 plays by 223 playwrights--together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies and more. Also included: select playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. More than 150 of the plays are published here for the first time--including a number by major authors.


--Sandy Cochran

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