Use Reference Resources to get background information on a play, actor, playwright, theme or terminology. Many of these sources include bibliographies which list additional books and journal articles that would be useful for further research on the topic.
Reference materials are available in three locations:
The resources below are divided up into these categories:
These general historical resources will have articles on specific playwrights as well as on genres of performance common during the period or in the region covered (mystery plays, sacred drama, etc...). Look for these general articles by searching the terms theater/re, drama, or tragedy.
The Gale Literature collection contains the full text of over a dozen literary criticism series, as well as other literary reference sources and journal articles. These series include excellent biographies, work overviews, and synopses which will help orient you during your study of a particular play, playwright, or time period.