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The Performance of Radical Politics, 1960s to Today

Research Sources & Tips

 

New (April, 11, 2013)
Based on your research ideas, "Billionaires For Bush", "The Black Bloc", "Russell Means", "Suzanne Lacy" and "Eve Ensler",  
I'd recommend that you search the following databases for scholarly journal articles as well as popular press articles. Dont's forget books.
 

Search for journal articles:

Search across these two databases, Academic Search Premier and America: History and Life on "Billionaires For Bush", "The Black Bloc", "Russell Means".

Limit Your Results

Search for Books here:

Tufts Libraries Catalog

WorldCat (beyond Tufts)

Search across these three databases, Academic Search Premier, America: History and Life and Women's Studies International on "Eve Ensler"

Limit Your Results

Samples browses in the Tufts Catalog:

theater--political aspects

 

Performance art -- Political aspects -- United States

 

Experimental theater -- United States.

 

Sample keyword searches:

protest and (theater or theatre) and (america* or "united states")

activis* and s:(theat* or perform*)

Search across these four databases, Academic Search Premier , America: History and Life , Art Full Text, and Women's Studies International on "Suzanne Lacy"

Limit Your Results

Search for Newspaper articles here:

1. Historical:

 

 

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

 

 

 

2. Current:

 

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


Factiva

If you need more than what you find in the above databases for journal articles, check also:

MLA International Bibliography

International Index to Performing Arts.

JSTOR

Project Muse

 

The original research page of 3/25/13

Contents:

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IV.

Background Information

Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


 


I. Background Information

Critical Biographies & Overviews

Social Movements

The Cambridge Guide to Theatre

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance

In print:

Thematic Guide to Modern Drama.
Stacks: PN1861 .A235 2003

The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.
PN1861 .C65 2007

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays.
PN1625 .P38 2005

 

Encyclopedia of activism and social justice

Encyclopedia of American activism, 1960 to the present 

Encyclopedia of American social movements

The international encyclopedia of revolution and protest: 1500 to the present

Women and social movements in the United States 1600-2000

 


II. Books

A. Use Library Catalogs to find books

Tufts Libraries Catalog

WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


1. Path of Discovery in the Catalog

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

**Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

**Use that language in further searches

 

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

 

Title Restaging the sixties: radical theaters and their legacies / edited by James M. Harding & Cindy Rosenthal.
Publisher Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006.
Subject Theater -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Theater -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.

 

 

2. Using the "discovery" method discussed in the left column, we can get to the following subject browses in the Catalog:

 

theater--political aspects

 

Performance art -- Political aspects -- United States

 

Political plays, American

 

Experimental theater -- United States.

 

Political plays, American -- History and criticism.

 

American drama -- 21st century -- History and criticism.

 

Protest movements -- United States.

(see kinds of movement, such as Anti-globalization movement, Occupy movement, and so on.)

 

Social movements

(see all related subjects)

Social movements -- United States

 

 

3. More keyword searches:

"protest theater"

protest and (theater or theatre) and (america* or "united states")

activis* and s:(theat* or perform*)

s:Vietnam and s:protest and (perform* or theat*)

 

 

Tips:

1. Put quotations marks " " around a phrase.

2. theat* searches for theater, theatre, and all forms of the word.

3. and between keywords and phrases.

4. Or and ( ) to group related words and expressions.

5. S: searches for subject words.

 

III. Journal Articles and popular Process

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press

C. Finding Full Text


1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.

 

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start.

4. Literature (MLA)
MLA is the principal bibliographic tool for literary studies.

 

5. America: History and Life

 

6. International Index to Performing Arts  

 

Search across

5. America: History and Life


7. Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results
 

8. When you GoogleScholar, a limited scholarly universe; set your Scholar Preferences to access our full texts.


1. Historical:


American Newspapers  (1808  1980)

 

Alt-PressWatch 1970 - present

Ethnic NewsWatch 1960 - present

 

Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

 

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

 

 

OpinionArchives

     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.

 

 

 

2. Current:

 

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


Factiva (including Spanish Language sources)


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.

 

IV. Writing and Citing

 

 

 

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

Writing about Literature (Writing Center at UNC.)

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

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)

 

Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors

 

Chicago Style Manual (for citing sources)