Much new research in performance and theatre history is published in peer-reviewed journals (and in books from academic presses). Peer-review is a process where articles are vetted by experts in the field, so they generally carry more academic weight than newspaper reviews, blog posts, and trade magazines.
For almost all online searches, the spelling theater or theatre really matters and can drastically affect search results. Here are some general guidelines:
Databases often contain full-text access to scholarly content, while indexes point to the existence of scholarly content and may not provide full-text access.
If you don't see a Full Text link below the article citation, look for a button labeled "Get it!" This application will check for access to the full text of the article within the library's subscriptions.
If a message is displayed indicating that we don't have access, choose the Campbell Library Interlibrary Loan Request link to order the article through our Illiad online system.
Below is a list of most of the peer-reviewed journals in theatre, drama, and performance. If you find an article from one of these sources, you are probably in good hands!