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The International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with full text (IBTD) provides references with abstracts for journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries from 1936 onward. IBTD features more than 140 fulltext journals and over 300 fulltext books. Includes the full text of the Canadian Theatre Review from 1997 onward.

The Performing Arts Periodicals Database covers dance, film, drama, opera, stagecraft, comedy, pantomime, puppetry, magic and television. Provides indexing and abstracts of the performing arts for about 230 international periodicals, plus fulltext for 73 journals.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective 1907-1984 indexes articles and book reviews in nearly 1,100 periodicals covering a broad range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (EIMA) is an historical full-image archive of magazines from the film, media and entertainment industries including Variety, New Musical Express, Picturegoer, Billboard, Back Stage (1960-2000), Box Office, The Stage (1880-1959) and others.

The MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) is the first database to check to identify scholarly journal articles on literary topics.

  • References to articles in 4,400 journals from 1926 onward.
  • More than 300 fulltext journals, some dating back to 1884.
  • References to books, chapters (or essays) in books, and dissertations.
  • Abstracts are included for selected journals as of April 2008; this has been applied retrospectively for some journals.
  • Links to selected scholarly websites.
  • Combined search with ABELL.

ABELL is the second database to check to identify scholarly journal articles on literary topics, covering literatures in English only.

  • From 1920 onward, ABELL includes references to articles, books, chapters (or essays) in books, dissertations (until 1999), and book reviews of secondary sources.
  • More than 300 fulltext journals.
  • Combined search with MLAIB.

Literature Resource Center is the third database to check to identify articles on literary topics.

  • Contains 260 fulltext periodicals.
  • Tip: There are some hidden articles in LRC that are reprinted in full text in a specific criticism reference source, such as Contemporary Literary Criticism. If you find a reference to an article in MLAIB or ABELL and the journal is not available at Concordia in print or electronic, try to copy and paste the article title in LRC to see if it is reprinted in one of the criticsm reference sources.

Literature Criticism Online provides full text or selections of full text of essays and articles re-published in the following reference works:

  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800

Coverage is from the 15th century to 2000s. This database is NOT updated.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online provides annotated entries for books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare.

  • Includes listings of stage, musical, dance, and video adaptations of Shakespeare's works.
  • 1962 onward.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals provides references to journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions on subjects such as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration.

CPI.Q provides coverage of all subject areas with an emphasis on Canadian and international issues. It provides citations to more than 400 English and French language journals and magazines, including approximately 30 American titles.

  • Fulltext of articles from approximately 160 of the titles.
  • Also includes the fulltext of Globe and Mail articles from 1997 onwards.
  • Searches can be limited to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Index: 1980 onward. Fulltext generally begins in 1995 (coverage varies depending on the journal title).

ProQuest Combined Canadian provides fulltext of Canadian major daily newspapers. Globe and Mail from 1977. Montreal Gazette from 1985.

  • Indexes Canadian magazines, academic journals and special interest publications with fulltext articles from more than 100 titles. Searches can be limited to peer-reviewed publications. provides fulltext access to the following newspapers (with a 24 hour embargo): La Presse: 1985 onward; Le Devoir: 1992 onward; Le Soleil: 1992 onward; and Voir (weekly newspaper): 1992 onward. Also provides access to L'Actualité (monthly magazine): 1992 onward and Le Monde diplomatique (France): 1980 onward.

Repère is a multidisciplinary index of articles published in 270 French-language periodicals: 185 Québec periodicals, 10 Canadian periodicals from outside of Québec and 70 periodicals from Europe.

  • Some articles are available fulltext.
  • 1980 onward.

Année philologique is a comprehensive index for scholarly research in classical studies. L'Année philologique contains over 375,000 bibliographic records to books, book reviews, conference proceedings and journal articles. It covers all aspects of classical studies including literature, linguistics, archaeology, textual and literary history, religion, law, theatre, philosophy and science.

  • 1959 onward
  • Tip: To search by keyword, click on FULL TEXT; this means you are searching the citation and abstract, not the full text of an article or book.
  • Tip: to search for records about an ancient author, click on ANCIENT AUTHOR. Ex: Aeschylus.

A large multidisplinary database, Academic Search Complete indexes more than 12,500 periodicals and includes fulltext for more than 7,500 peer-reviewed journals, including more than 300 journals in literature and allied fields.

  • Also provides indexing and fulltext for magazines and some newspapers.
  • Begins in 1887.

Periodicals Archive Online 1802-2000 makes available backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences from 1802 to 2000.

  • Includes more than 500 titles in six separate collections.

JSTOR provides access to 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 presents searchable full text, in facsimile form, of the complete back files of important scholarly journals, generally from the first volume through issues published prior to the most recent three years. Current issues are not available. JSTOR is a consortium of approximately 1,800 participating academic institutions and is continually expanding.

America: History & Life covers all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistoric times to the present.

  • 1964 onward. Some coverage from 1954-1962.

Historical Abstracts provides citations with abstracts to articles in some 2,000 journals and citations to books and dissertations on political, diplomatic, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history. Covers the history of the world since 1450 except for the U.S. and Canada.

  • 1955 onward
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