Drama Research Guide:

Cameo and Other Library Catalogs

Cameo is the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries catalog. It is a list of publications that our libraries own including books, periodicals, and media such as CD-ROM's or recordings. Begin here to see what is available on campus. Two other major accessible online catalogs in the area are Pittcat (The University of Pittsburgh), and The Catalog (Carnegie Public Library). An entire list of links to these as well as some national library catalogs: http://www.library.cmu.edu/using/borrow/otherlib


Full-Text Play and Book Databases

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Streaming Video Databases

Digital Theatre Plus
Recent British theatre productions streamed in high definition; additional educational content. One year trial.

Offers filmed concerts performed by today’s greatest names in classical music, archive movies, inspiring documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes.

Met Opera on Demand
Provides unlimited access to more than 450 extraordinary Met performances.

High-quality films of full-length performances by current provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms.

Dance in Video
...productions and documentaries in streaming video with influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Includes ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, improvisational dance, and forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance;
earch, browse, cite or bookmark videos to the moment; make custom clips, annotate and share them.

Opera in Video
...important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews and documentaries; selections are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Theatre in Video
...definitive performances and documentaries in streaming video with leading actors, playwrights and directors covering a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Includes contemporary revivals of classic works, television broadcasts of New York productions, experimental performances and more;
search, browse and bookmark scenes, monologues, and staging examples to a link that can be shared.

World Newsreels Online
Captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. Newsreels are in English, French and Japanese.


Streaming Music, Music Performance and Scores Online

American Song
Streaming music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life, from America’s past and present.

Classical Music in Video
Streaming video of classical music performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

Classical Music Library
Streaming audio with a supplementary reference database, enabling patrons to listen while simultaneously searching and browsing the Classical reference database. Send-to-mobile functionality.

Classical Scores Library
Encompasses more than one million pages of classical scores for teaching and study. Includes a mix of public domain, previously unpublished, and in-copyright works from all major classical music genres and time periods.

Library Music Source
This is the online version of the CD Sheet Music and Orchestra Musician’s CD-ROM Library CD-ROMs. The music is selected from out-of-copyright standard editions from publishers such as Breitkopf and Hartel, C.F. Peters, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, G. Ricordi, Durand and many others. The editorial staff for CD Sheet Music has chosen the best edition available for each work.

Offers filmed concerts performed by today’s greatest names in classical music, archive movies, inspiring documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes.

Met Opera on Demand
Provides unlimited access to more than 450 extraordinary Met performances.

Music Online Collections
Streaming audio, video, scores and full text reference content from all Alexander Street Press perfomance databases to which Carnegie Mellon subscribes: American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music Video, Classical Scores Library, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Theatre in Video.

Naxos Music Library
Streaming recordings for genres such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Nostalgia, World, Contemporary Instrumental, Chinese, Pop and Rock, Gospel, Spoken Word, and Relaxation. iPhone and Android apps available.

Naxos Music Library Jazz
Streaming music from the artists and collections of Fantasy Records.

Watch high-quality films of full-length performances by some of today’s most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms that defy categorization.


Play Indexes

Play Index Online
Indexes plays in published sources (1949-present) by subject, author, title, style, genre, cast type and more with plot summaries and musical, cast and scenery requirements. Includes one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays and classic drama. Links to selected full-text plays on the web.

To see if a play in Play Index is accessible via Carnegie Mellon Libraries check Cameo (library catalog). Other plays may be requested online on Interlibrary Loan via Illiad.
Contact Mo Dawley, Art and Drama Librarian, to request plays for the collection!

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks
Provides data regarding the publishing, printing and marketing of English Renaissance playbooks from the beginning of printing through 1660.
Created by by Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser.

Periodical Databases and Online Periodicals

Try the following databases to begin finding articles in theatre research. Other arts, humanities or literature databases will also be worth examining. For a complete list of databases and access to articles in the Carnegie Mellon Libraries link to Articles and Databases.

Image Databases

Link to the University Libraries Visual Resources Collection for excellent listings of
subscription high resolution image databases and interdisciplinary open-web links.

GloPad: Global Performing Arts Database
Records in the database include authoritative, detailed, multilingual descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world, plus information about related pieces, productions, performers, and creators.

Developed with the support of: Cornell University and the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Employment Databases

national listings of jobs, internships, fellowships and other employment opportunities in the arts

Artsearch (Theatre Communications Group)
performing arts employment and opportunities in the U. S. and Canada. Artsearch (bimonthly journal) is also available in the current journals display area of Arts and Special Collection, Hunt Library, 4th floor.

Performance Archives

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Mo Dawley, Art and Drama Librarian
August 2015

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