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American Drama

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Containing more than 1,100 dramatic works from the early 18th Century up to the beginning of the twentieth, American Drama 1714.  
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Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
English

American Film Scripts Online

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Current edition includes 823 authorized versions of copyrighted screenplays, formatted in the conventional screenplay format. Also includes a bibliographic and biographic database of directors and writers. Search by character, scene, race, nationality, age, subject, and year of writing, as well as by author and title.  
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Performing Arts, Film, Area and Cultural Studies, Theatre
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Digital Theatre Plus

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Full length British theatre productions, interviews with cast and crew, and documentaries about the production. Includes productions from Shakespeare to contemporary plays, with teaching guides. This database also include, opera, musical theatre, dance/ballet, symphonic and chamber music, as well as theatre from Russia and 20+ from South Asia, and film shorts. 
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Performing Arts, Theatre, Music, Dance
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Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

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Full text of entertainment industry trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting, and theater. Titles include Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Broadcasting (1931-2000) and more. 
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Business, Performing Arts, Dance, Film, Music, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Historical Newspapers, Theatre, Broadcasting, Radio and Television, Recorded Sound and Video
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FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals Plus

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Formerly known as Film/TV Documentation Collections, FIAF Index to Film Periodicals Plus is a bibliographical resource offering coverage of hundreds of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals right up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text including complete runs. It is an essential reference work for any film researcher.  
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Performing Arts, Film, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials
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Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text

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Film & Television Literature Index is the definitive index to film and television literature. It is a bibliographic database that provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 300 publications, and selected coverage of 300 more. 
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Performing Arts, Film, Reference
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Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media

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Contains listings for radio and television stations and cable companies. Print media entries provide address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, key personnel, more. Broadcast media entries provide address; phone, fax, and e-mail addresses; key personnel; owner information; hours of operation; networks carried and more. Scope includes U.S., Canadian, and international media.
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Business, Performing Arts, Broadcasting, Directories, Radio and Television, Dance
Covered publications include directories, newsletters, newspapers, and periodicals.
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Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series

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The Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series is a tool for finding individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions, as it indexes each individual piece in a collection. Music for specific performing forces is easily retrievable, thus offering detailed repertory for performers, conductors, and directors of ensembles.  
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Performing Arts, Music
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International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full Text

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Contains all of the content available in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance as well as full text for 100 titles, including Canadian Theatre Review, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Modern Drama, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Research in Dance Education, Research in Drama Education, Studies in Theatre and Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Theater, and more. 
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Performing Arts, Dance, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Theatre
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International Index to Film Periodicals

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Produced by the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) as part of the International Film Archive database, this cumulative index contains almost 230,000 citations to articles from academic and popular film journals. Full bibliographic descriptions and comprehensive subject headings are provided. 
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International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text

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Indexes over 350 and provides full text for nearly 100 international music periodicals from more than twenty countries, with over 50 of the publications indexed exclusively in IIMP. IIMP is both current and retrospective with over 30,000 records dating from 1996 to the present and other records dating as far back as 1874. 
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Performing Arts, Music, Recorded Sound and Video, Magazines, Journals and Serials
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Jazz Discography (The)

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The Jazz Discography is the world's largest and most complete source of information about jazz records and jazz recording sessions. This is an online subscription service that allows subscribers to access the most up-to-date version of the Jazz Discography database. 
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Performing Arts, Music, Recorded Sound and Video, African American Studies
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Musical America

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The electronic version of Musical America. Includes a directory.
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The electronic version of Musical America, a weekly newspaper of music and the music business. Includes a directory.
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Music Index Online

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The Music Index Online edition features over 1.4 million records. The searchable database is updated quarterly with about 100,000 new records added annually. 
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Indexes over 655 international music periodicals, covering a broad range of subjects, including personalities, the history of music, forms and types of music, musical instruments, and computer-produced music; also indexes book reviews, reviews of recordings and performances, and obituaries.
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Naxos Music Library

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Streamed recordings of primarily classical music. Also includes world/folk music, Chinese orchestral, folk, and traditional music. Naxos Music Library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues, plus thousands of titles from other labels, including Chandos, BIS, Hungaroton, Hanssler, Bridge, First Edition, CPO, Coro, and Wergo. For details on how to log in with the mobile app, please see Streaming Audio and Video in Music Research from Home using NYPL resources.  
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Performing Arts, Music, Recorded Sound and Video
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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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Contains over 50,000 biographies of the men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the 21st century. 
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The online version includes the essays from the original 33-volume Dictionary of National Biography. Includes over 10,000 portrait images.
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Oxford Music Online

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A gateway offering users the ability to access and cross-search multiple music reference resources in one location. Contains the Grove Music Online, as well as The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.  
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Performing Arts, Music, Encyclopedias
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Project Muse

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Provides full-text access to over 500 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and top quality book-length scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.  
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Government and Law, Health and Medicine, History, History of Africa, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Philosophy, Science, Religion, Social Sciences, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, Political Science
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Projectr

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Projectr is a platform for watching independent films. In partnership with public libraries and educational institutions across North America, Projectr presents a curated and ever-expanding collection of acclaimed movies, archival restorations, award-winning documentaries and artist-made works from around the world.

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RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text

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The online version of the Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1969-present) is a continuously updated bibliography of music literature providing broad international coverage including full text records in over 202 languages from 3,700 journals. Please note: When you click on the link you will see the option to choose either Enyclopedias or Abstracts, please select Abstracts.
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RIPM: Online Archive of Music Periodicals: 1800-1950

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Full text archive of specialized music journals, daily newspapers, articles in literary periodicals, theatrical journals and magazines, as well as engravings and lithographs in the illustrated press.  
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RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600

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Documents the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections.  
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Shakespeare, Editions and Adaptations

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Contains eleven major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6.
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Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare contains eleven major editions from the First Folio of 1623 to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6, twenty-four separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works, and more than one hundred adaptations, sequels, and burlesques from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This database is part of Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online collection of Literary Databases.
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