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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theatre Research Resources

A guide to help students researching topics in theatre.

Music & Performing Arts Library

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Music and Performing Arts Library
1300 Music Building
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Subjects: Dance, Music, Theatre


General reference sources can be a great place to go when you're starting your research and need to gather initial information about a topic or get a rough overview of a subject so you can decide what area you want to research further. Reference books and online tools are also excellent for looking up a quick fact, definition, or date!

If none of the recommendations below are quite what you're looking for, try a search in the library catalog for the subject you're researching and "reference", "handbook", "guide", or "companion" to see what reference materials we might have on the subject. Remember that you can always reach out to a librarian for help if your search doesn't turn up promising results!. 

Selected Print & Ebook Reference

Theatre Dictionaries

Online Reference Tools