How to analyze a journal citation
Potter, Anne. "‘The first black battalion’: Casting in Hamilton." Studies in Musical Theatre 13, no. 3 (2019): 299-307.
The citation refers to an article in a journal.
Tip: Search Omni by Title in Advanced Search or choose the Journal Search option near the top of the page and enter the title in the search box to see if Queen's Library subscribes to studies in musical theatre. Omit initial articles (the, an, a), if any. Ignore punctuation and case.
Below are selected key journals for music theatre and dance. Many good articles will also be found in other music, drama or interdisciplinary journals.
Check Omni under Title in Advanced Search or type the title in Journal Search to see if Queen's Library has it in print or electronic format:
Find citations of journal articles or book chapters on your topic in an article index or subject-related database such as International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance, MLA International Bibliography, RILM or Music Index Online.
Nota bene: Once you find a useful citation, search Omni for the source journal or book title containing the article you need: i.e the title of the whole book or the whole journal in which the article can be found.
Some databases provide PDF full text articles, or contain links to the full text if it is available via other databases in our collection.
Start your research early, in case you need to request an article through interlibrary loan!
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance
Covers journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.
MLA International Bibliography
Index to scholarly writing on literature, language, linguistics, literary criticism, folklore, drama, literary genres. Includes international journals, monographs, conference proceedings, essay collections, bibliographies, dissertations, working papers, and limited reviews and letters.
Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (Primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to the 21st century)
Gender Studies Database (interdisciplinary topics related to gender studies, including drama and music)
IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (areas include anthropology, art, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, race and ethnic studies, religious studies, sociology)
Oxford Reference Online - Music (Music collection component of Oxford Reference Online, a database of full-text e-book dictionaries, companions and Oxford reference works, 5-user limit)
Oxford Reference Online - Performing Arts (Performing arts dictionaries, companions and other Oxford reference works, 5 user limit)
Oxford Reference Online – Society and Culture (Society and Culture component of Oxford Reference Online, a database of full-text e-book dictionaries, companions and Oxford reference works, 5-user limit)
Journal articles are important as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.
Consult our guide Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, to help evaluate and decide which journal articles will be useful for your essay.
Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary index to peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports. Approximately 50% of journal titles contain full-text articles)
JSTOR (ejournal archive to entire "backrun" of many core academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law, from v. 1 to within 2-5 years of current volume).
Project MUSE (initially a joint project of the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at JHU, providing digital humanities and social sciences content since 1995 from leading university presses and scholarly societies)