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Confronting Genocide on Stage and Screen

Research Sources & Tips



1. Background Information

2. Reserves and Books

3. Journal Articles and Popular Press

4. Writing and Citing Sources


1. Background Information


The Oxford handbook of genocide studies / edited by Donald Bloxham and A. Dirk Moses. Tisch Stacks: HV6322.7 .O97 2010

Encyclopedia of genocide and crimes against humanity / Dinah L. Shelton, editor in chief. Ginn Stacks: HV6322.7 .E532 2005

v. 1. A-H -- v. 2. I-S -- v. 3. T-Z; Glossary; Filmography; Primary sources; Index.

Encyclopedia of genocide / Israel W. Charny, editor in chief ; forewords by Desmond M. Tutu and Simon Wiesenthal. Tisch Ref. HV6322.7 .E53 1999

Alphabetical entries define names, places, and events associated with genocide, and major sections deal with the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and the process, detection, denial, and prevention of genocide.

Holocaust literature: an Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work / S. Lillian Kremer, editor.

The Holocaust Encyclopedia / Walter Laqueur, editor ; Judith Tydor Baumel, associate editor.

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life Before and During the Holocaust / editor in chief, Shmuel Spector; consulting editor, Geoffrey Wigoder ; foreword by Elie Wiesel.

The Yad Vashem Encyclopedia of the Ghettos During the Holocaust / editor in chief, Guy Miron; co-editor Shlomit Shulhani.

The Holocaust Film Sourcebook / edited by Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart.


2. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.


Title Cinema and the Shoah: an art confronts the tragedy of the twentieth century . / edited byJean-Michel Frodon ; translated by Anna Harrison and Tom Mes.
Publisher Albany : State University of New York Press, c2010.
Subject Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence.



Subject browse:

Genocide in art.

Genocide in literature.

Genocide in motion pictures.  


Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), on television.



Armenian Massacres, 1915-1923.

Genocide -- Cambodia

Genocide -- Guatemala

Genocide -- Rwanda.

Genocide -- Sudan -- Darfur.

Nanking Massacre

Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 (Bosnia)



Keyword search:

 ("dirty war" or "disappeared persons") and argentina


Tips: 1. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words; 2. " " around phrases; 3. and in between keywords and phrases.


Advanced Keyword search, limiting to books:


on the topic of "Holocaust on Stage":


Material Type:


on the topic of "Holocaust Film":


Material Type:


film* searches for film, films, all forms of the word.


Sample finding at Tisch:

Film and the Holocaust: new perspectives on dramas, documentaries, and experimental films / Aaron Kerner.


3. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases

B. Popular Press:

C. Finding Full Text

1. JSTOR and Project Muse


Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


2. Drama (MLA)

For drama criticism and theatre history

3. Performing Arts (IIPA)

For theater reviews



4. Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results



5. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS Feeds:


6. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

1. Current:


Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (more international coverage)

Alt-PressWatch (1970 -present)

Ethnic NewsWatch (1959-present)


2. Historical


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)

Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)




     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.


In print:


New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. (1944 to 1994)
Ref. PN1601 .N4
(Continued by National Theatre Critics Reviews.
Ref. PN 2000 .N3)

Tip: Use the Year End Index, either in the front or in the back page in the binder.


1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.






4. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Oversize: PE1479.C7 B3 2009

Writing about Drama (UNC Writing Center)


Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors



A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)


Chicago Style Manual