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Resources compiled for classes researching specific theater productions.

Tips for Using the Online Catalog

The online catalog allows you to search for books located in the Harold Washington College Library, as well as at other City Colleges. You may check out books from any CCC library with your current Harold Washington College identification card.

  1. Call numbers are in alphanumerical order (e.g. PT9811 .A3 S59).

  2. Items that are in the "Stacks" and have a status of "Available" may be checked out.

  3. Limit to the location "Harold Washington College" to only view items in the HWC Library. If there is a book at another campus that you would like to access, you can check it out there OR you can place a hold on it and have it sent to our library.

  4. Ask a Reference Librarian if you can't find something on the shelf or are having trouble searching the online catalog.

Selected HWC Library Databases

Researching topics related to theater? Try these subscription databases that include articles from hundreds of magazines, journals, and newspapers. 

More databases are available from the library's Full List of Library Databases.

Tips for Using the Library Databases

  1. Use the Subject List of Library Databases on the library's homepage to access databases.

  2. Look for the search box. Databases make look different from one another, but most have common features that you will recognize with repeated use.

  3. You will find "limiters" on the left-hand side or below the search box in every database. Always select "Full Text" when that option is given. Use limiters to limit your search results to find only what you need. Some examples of common limiters you will see include type of publication (e.g. academic journal, newspaper, magazine, etc.) and date (e.g. specific day, specific date range).

  4. Doing research from home? You will need to log in with your CCC credentials to use the library's databases. The log in page will look like this:

Selected Open Internet Resources

Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) was created by the Research Department of The Broadway League, the national trade association for Broadway. IBDB provides a comprehensive database of shows produced on Broadway, including all "title page" information about each production. IBDB also offers historical information about theaters and various statistics and fun facts related to Broadway.

Internet Off-Broadway Database (Lortel Archives) The Lucille Lortel Archives produce the IOBDB. They contain complete Off-Broadway seasons dating back to 1958. As of March 2012, over 6,000 shows have been entered. For this archive, Off-Broadway refers to any production that has satisfied the following requirements: "Played at a Manhattan theater with a seating capacity of 100-499, intended to run a closed-ended or open-ended schedule of performances of more than one week, and offered itself to critics and general audiences alike."

Playbill Vault is an online database of Broadway theater productions, personnel, Playbills, photos and box office data created and operated by Playbill.It provides records of Broadway productions from 1930 to the present. Information on the website includes original and current casts, actor head shots, production credits, Playbill cover images, scanned Playbill Who's Who pages, production photos and videos.

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the internet, consisting of browsable snapshots of over 240 billion URLs. This is an ideal way to find historical production information about a company or group. Use the "Save Page Now" feature to capture a website as it appears now for use as a trusted citation in the future.

Other Resources

The Chicago Public Library has a subscription to the Performing Arts Periodicals Database (ProQuest) available from their list of online resources covering the arts. Keep in mind that because it is a CPL resource you will need to log in with your CPL borrower card to use the database outside of a Chicago Public Library branch.