This guide will walk you through the process of finding performance reviews both online (see the rest of this page) and in print (see the next tab above). Make sure to check out both the database recommendations and the search tips!
The best source for finding reviews of concerts, dance performances, or plays is newspapers. Before starting your search, it's important to consider the context of the review you're looking for as that will inform where you should look.
Do you need a review from a particular city's newspaper? Do you need reviews for a contemporary performance or a historical performance?
These tools are more useful when looking for contemporary reviews. Most databases allow you to limit results by time period, which can be helpful if you know the date range of the review you're looking for.
These resources are especially useful if you're looking for reviews written at the time of a historical performance. Use the filters in a database's advanced search to set the date range of reviews to get the time period you're looking for.
Below you'll find some search tips that you can use to narrow your results and search more efficiently.