North American Theatre Online is
the largest reference initiative ever undertaken in this
subject area, a major reference tool containing tens of
thousands of pages of key, in-copyright reference works.
North American Theatre Online is now
cross-searchable with content in the following full-text
play collections, with the results seamlessly integrated
into one set of search results:
-Twentieth Century North American Drama
-North American Women's Drama
-North American Indian Drama
Full-text reference works: Built into the database
are approximately 40,000 pages of important reference sources in
electronic format for the first time, indexed and searchable along with
the other content. Included are O’Dell’s Annals of the New York Stage,
the Oxford University Press Companion series, and Greenwood’s American
Theatre Companies series.
Bibliographic information: The database features
in-depth detail records for more than 10,000 plays, including many
previously unpublished works by major authors. In contrast to existing
reference works, North American Theatre Online lists partial
works, works that have never been performed, and works that were
believed lost, providing researchers with unique and never-before-seen
information. More than 20 fields allow the material to be searched by
location, date, format, number of characters, theatre style, production
company, and a rich choice of other search criteria.
itself includes more than 1,000 playbills, posters,
photographs, and related theatrical ephemera, and it provides further
links to thousands of additional items on the Web.
Web resources: Editorially selected Web resources take users
to the best of the Web in theatre. Unlike a traditional Web search, the
North American Theatre Online
search will integrate Web sites
that have been identified by our editors and advisors as valuable.
Ways to use the
Use these to see what's contained in the database. This is the best
way to check whether an author or a source is included. To use this
tool, simply click on the appropriate table of contents button on
the navigation bar.
-- The "FIND" tools let you search for specific authors and sources
that the database contains and combine criteria to narrow down what
you're looking for. The difference between the "FIND" tools and the
"SEARCH" tools (explained next) is in the results they give. The
"FIND" tools do not return documents, but rather lists of authors
and sources in the database.
-- The "SEARCH" tools let you analyze words and documents that occur
within the text of stories that meet your search criteria. The
"SEARCH" tools return stories or bibliographic citations or both.
Operators in Full-Text Searching:
line ( | ) is the OR operator (e.g., avarice|greed or holy
as the AND operator in sentence and paragraph Proximity Searching
(e.g., church state retrieve all cases where church and state appear
in the same specified context; this is not the case in phrase
expressions can be combined for more sophisticated searches; for
finds any of the three adjectives together with the nouns man or
fellow in the singular or plural.
Characters in Full-Text Searching:
single character (e.g., gentlem.n will retrieve gentleman and
string of characters, anchoring the match at the beginning of a word
(e.g., cigar* will match cigar, cigars, cigarette, etc.).
string of characters, anchoring the match at the end of a word (e.g.,
*habit will retrieve habit, cohabit, and inhabit), or in the middle
(e.g., c.*eers matches compeers, cheers, and careers).
characters entered or the characters entered plus one more character in
place of the question mark (e.g., hono.?r matches both honor and honour
and cat.? matches cat and cats, but not cathedral, Catherine, etc.).
single character found in the specified range (e.g., [c-f]at will match
cat, dat, eat, and fat) or any letters within the brackets (e.g.,
civili[zs]e will match both civilize and civilise).
# (hash mark):
capitalized words only (e.g., #bacon will retrieve Bacon, but not
bacon). Otherwise word searches are case insensitive. Please note that
this operator does not work properly in conjunction with the vertical
bar (e.g., searching #hamlet|#bacon will not retrieve accurate results).
accented and non-accented forms (e.g., to search naďveté regardless of
accents type naIvetE).
You may access North American Theatre Online from anywhere
with a valid APSU ID.