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Journal Citation

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.

Key Music Theatre Journals


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:

American theatre
Cambridge opera journal
Canadian theatre review
Contemporary theatre review
Dance magazine
Entertainment weekly
Journal of popular film and television
Journal of popular music studies
Modern Drama
Opera Canada
Opera journal
Opera news
Opera quarterly
PAJ : a journal of performance and art
Popular music
Popular music and society
The Sondheim Review
Studies in Theatre and Performance
Theatre Journal
Theatre Research in Canada
Women & music: a journal of gender and culture

Article indexes

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 BibliographyRILM 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!

Key Article Databases for Music Theatre

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.

Music Index Online

Publication coverage: 1970 - present (some backfile indexing for 1962-1969)
Provides indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry from over 700 international music periodicals, as well as book reviews, performance reviews, obituaries, and news.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature  Access limit of 4 simultaneous users
Publication coverage: 1967 - present
Comprehensive, scholarly, international index to music literature, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz.

Other Related Databases

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)


Evaluating Journal Articles

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.

Other Music Databases

Classical Scores Library

Publication coverage: 15th - 21st centuries. Includes operas, operettas
Part of the Canadian Encyclopedia, supported and updated by the Historica Foundation.
Covers popular music of all genres and periods, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music as well as popular music trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Publication coverage: 1900 to present.
Online listening access to more than 24,000 music recordings.
Full-text, online and updated access to Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

Interdisciplinary Journal Databases

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)