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Theatre Studies: Journals & Databases



Coverage from January 2010

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The following databases are just a small number of available databases.


  • JSTOR 
    (a not-for-profit organization with a trusted archive of important scholarly journals)
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database
    (designed specifically for the performing arts, covering every angle, with records from as early as 1864)
  • Project Muse 
    (offers approx. 700 full text titles from over 60 scholarly publishers covering literature, cultural studies, political science and more)


  • Drama Online 
    (offers full text plays from new and established writers together with scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis)
  • Classic Irish Plays

An Irish Research Council-funded online database which gives theatre practitioners, researchers, teachers, students, and, indeed, all fans of great literature access to scripts by the great Irish playwrights whose work has entered – or partially entered – the public domain.


A full list of relevant databases for your subject area is available by clicking here.

What is?

A journal is an academic publication that is published regularly, which contains research by academics and researchers.

A database is an online collection of information such as journal articles, reports, case studies, ebooks and images which you can use in your studies. Some databases deal with one format (e.g. journal articles) or one subject while others deal with several subjects (known as multidisciplinary) and contain several formats.

An evaluation of professional or academic work by other experts working in the same field.

Open access is a publishing model for scholarly communication that makes research information available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model in which readers have access to scholarly information by paying a subscription (usually via libraries).


MIRR is the college's Institutional Repository and is an example of what is available on open access. The repository contains research conducted by MIC lecturers and researchers.

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