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Theatre and Performance Studies

Resources for Theatre and Performance Studies

Using Databases

These are the recommended databases for Theatre Studies that NUS has subscribed to. Do note that some databases do not provide full-text articles. 

For secondary sources, we suggest the Performing Arts (Periodicals) Database, or the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance (IBTD)

Here is a quick guide on how to use the Performing Arts (Periodicals) Database.

1. To access databases, click Databases link on the library website.

search database link

On the database search page, you can enter the database in the search box, if you know which database you are searching for. Or you may choose to browse the Major/Popular databases, see the listing by Subjects or by Type

In this example, we have entered 'papd' in the search box. Click on the database name when it appears.

papd database


2. Search the Performing Arts (Periodicals) Database using the keywords of your topic.

For example, if your topic is about performance in Singapore, you could search using the keywords Singapore performance. Use synonyms where possible and combine the keywords with the boolean operators OR and AND. This is a simple way of having a more precise search to retrieve more relevant results.

The Advanced Search mode gives you more filtering options, such as setting the date range of your results, or whether you want results only from peer-reviewed journals, etc

performing arts (PAPD) database search page

3. At the results page, click on the Full text links to access the results. If you check the box next to the article number, you are collating the references so that you can email, print, cite, export, or save them (with no full text).

PAPD search results page


4. Some of the results in other databases may not have full-text articles.

Below is an example from the IBTD database. If you do not see the full-text option, you could check if the library subscribes to the journal by clicking on the Find It! @ NUS Libraries icon. This feature helps you check if the full text of the article you are looking for is available elsewhere on another database or platform. 


FindIt feature in search results

If you still cannot find the article, email us ( for other options available.

Project Muse

Project Muse

Offers full-text online access to a selection of journals from university presses and scholarly societies around the world.

IBTD (International Bibliography of Theater & Dance)

Research databases
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Digital Theatre Plus



This full-text database contains back issues of important scholarly journals in all subject areas. Back issues start from the first issue up to 3 to 5 years before the present.

Other Databases