Performing Arts

Book Catalogs & E-book Databases


OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.


WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.


Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.


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Performing Arts Databases

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Federal Theatre presents Bernard Shaw's "On the rocks" / BL, Lassen, B, artist.

Academic Search

Academic SearchTM Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. This database contains coverage across the disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, history, religion & theology, and many more.

Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama contains 252 plays by 42 playwrights and offers information on productions, theaters, production companies and more. Also included are unpublished plays, playbills, production photographs and other related materials.

Black Drama

Black Drama contains approximately 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights and offers information on productions, theaters, production companies and more. It also includes playbills, production photographs and other related materials.


JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  JSTOR is a historical archive and does not include items published within the last 3-5 years.

Latino Literature

Latino Literature databases offer poetry, fiction and over 450 plays written in English and Spanish as well as over 800 unpublished items.

North American Women's Drama

North American Women's Drama includes 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights and offers information on productions, theaters, production companies and more.  Also available are unpublished plays, playbills, production photographs and other related materials.

North American Indian Drama

North American Indian Drama includes 172 plays by 33 playwrights and offers information on productions, theaters, production companies and more.

Project Muse

Project MUSE offers access to a comprehensive selection of prominent humanities and social sciences journals. This database contains over 400 indexed and peer-reviewed titles all in full-text. It includes numerous titles from some of the world most prestigious university presses and scholarly societies.

Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video contains more than 250 performances of the world's leading plays and more than 100 film documentaries.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Twentieth Century North American Drama contains approximately 1,530 plays by 223 playwrights and offers information on productions, theaters, production companies and more. It also includes playbills, production photographs and other related materials.


A database of stock audio and an industry-leading music library for those working in film and television.


Is it peer-reviewed?

Several resources are available to help CSUCI library users identify peer-reviewed articles.  Many of the journals indexed in specialized databases are scholarly but those databases do not tell you whether a journal is peer reviewed or not.  To find out if a journal is peer reviewed, ask at the Reference Desk for Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.  Volume 5 of Ulrich’s has a list of "Refereed Serials."  While this list is not exhaustive, it is the most complete list available.

If you cannot find the publication listed in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you should go the the publication's website.  Often times you can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at their submission process on their website.

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed

Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.

Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.

While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

What is a primary source?

“Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.”  (Finding Primary Sources on the Web, ALA-RUSA, 2008)


AdAccess (Duke University)

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive

A photo archive from LIFE magazine and Google stretching from the 1860s to 1970s, available for personal use.

Music Related Graphic Images

Images of music backgrounds, musical instruments, notation symbols, and more.

The Character Shop

UNESCO Photo Bank

A searchable database of various international images.

VADS: The Online Resource for Visual Arts

Sound Clips


A free website that searches the web for sound effects.

Audio Online

A database of audio and video provided for free from the University of California, Berkeley.

Free mp3 audio files.


Apple's quintessential program featuring the iTunes store where current audio and video are available for purchase.


Open Video Project

A free shared digital video library developed by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.


The world's largest website dedicated to free shared user created content.

American Memory Collection

Historical archival films from the Library of Congress.

The Internet Archive: Movies Collection

An internet library created in 1996, which archives free movies, films, and videos.


College Art Association (CAA)

An organization of 12,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, collectors, educators, publishers, and other professionals committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research.

Actors' Equity Association

A labor union for live theater actors, which was founded in 1913 and has more than 49,000 members.

Screen Actors Guild

A labor union of over 150,000 performance professionals including: screen actors, voice actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, program hosts, and more.

United States Institute for Theater Technology

An institute designed for theater technology professionals to come together to create, share, and communicate.

Association of Performing Arts Presenters

An association of 1,400 professional performing art centers, municipal and university performance facilities, foreign governments, artist agencies, managers, as well as touring companies.


IATSE International (The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre


ESTA Foundation: Essential Skills for the Entertainment Technician


OISTAT (The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians)

Plasa: Worldwide Technical Resources for the Entertainment Industries


Set Decorators Society of America

USITT (The United States Institute for Theatre Technology) 


International Tap Association




Additional Internet Resources

Jacob's Pillow Dance

Is a 220-acre National Historic Landmark and America's longest-running international dance festival.

Homegrown Concerts Series Online Archives from the American Folklife Center

Traditional music and dance from a variety of folk cultures in the United States.

Dance Heritage Coalition

Houses of a collection of materials documenting the history of dance.

National Endowment for the Arts

It "support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities."

Performing Arts (ipl2)

A research guide for various subjects.

Performing Arts (NYPL)

New York Public Library "best of the web" index

LA MAMA Archives

Internet Shakespear Editions

AHDS Performing Art Collection

American Theatre Wing: Tony and Obie Awards

Applied and Interactive Theater Guide (Toni Sant)

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

ASTR American Society for Theatre Research

Curtis Theatre Collection (Univ of Pittsburgh)

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

IBDb Internet Broadway Database

IMDb Internet Movie Database

Interactive Dramas (Brian David Phillips)

New York Public Library Public Domain Collections

V&A Museum Theatre and Performance Collections

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts

Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Emmys

The New Improv Page (Fuzzy Gerdes)

Theatre Links: Resources from Across the Globe (Justin Cash)

USITT  U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology

Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.



  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?


  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?


  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?


Berg Fashion Library

Carnegie Mellon Historical Costume Collection

Costar Archives

LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collections Costumes Textiles

MMA Metropolitan Museum of Art    Costumes

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

Oriental Costumes Their Designs and Colors

The Costume Gallery

The Costumer's Manifesto 

Fashion Museum Collection, Bath UK

Godey's Lady's Book 

Historic Clothing Collection

The History of Costume by Brian & Schneider - c. 1861 - 1880 

Kyoto Costume Institute Timeline 


Aisle Say


Playbill OnLine


Fitzmaurice Voicework

NCVS (National Center for Voice and Speech)

Proper Elizabethan Accents

Speech Accent Archive


@URL Internet Consultants: Dance (New Zealand)

American Ballet Theatre

Art of Middle Eastern Dancing (by Shira)

Atlanta Ballet

Ballet Instructor - UK

Bolshoi Theater, Ballet and Opera--Moscow

Boston Ballet

Dance Europe


Devils of the Americas

English National Ballet

Houston Ballet

iLAND: Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance

Mariinsky Theatre - St Petersburg

National Ballet of Canada

New York City Ballet

New York Public Library's Best of the Web: Dance

Pacific Northwest Ballet - Seattle

Performing Arts in America 1875-1923

Royal Academy of Dance

Royal Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

Sapphire Swan Dance Directory

Tap Dance Homepage

Voice of the Shuttle: Dance

Multimedia Resources



ArtStor is a digital library with over a million images in art, architecture, humanities, and social science

Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video contains more than 250 performances of the world's leading plays and more than 100 film documentaries.

CSU Image Project

CSU Image Project contains about 75,000 images providing global coverage and includes all area of visual imagery.


Details is CSU Channel Islands On-Line Image Database

Art Images for College Teaching

Art Images for College Teaching contains images of art and architectural works that are found in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis open to anyone in the education community and the public at large. Images are free to use in any application that is both educational and non-commerical.

AP Images

AP Images contains photographs, audio, graphics, and text covering 160 years of history. Users can access over 4.6 million photographs from 1826 to today, thousands of graphics and audio files dating from the 1920's and news stories and headlines from 1997 to present day.

CI Institutional Repository

Academic Dishonesty

What is academic dishonesty?


What happens if I get caught plagiarizing?


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Citing Images

For help with citing images (art, photographs, paintings, etc.) see the University of Cincinnati citing images resource guide.

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