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The AAS Historical Periodicals Collection contains more than 6,500 historical periodical titles dating from 1693 to 1877.
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American dramatic writing in all its richness and diversity - over 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century up to the beginning of the twentieth.
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Search for available audiobooks, listen to samples, and download your selection.
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Contains the full text of more than 1,700 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. More than 40 percent of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.
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Cambridge Companions are a series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering clear and accessible information on composers, instruments, or musical topics, written with the student, the performer, and the music lover in mind.
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This collection examines the richness and diversity of contemporary theatre and drama from a global context. Contemporary World Drama brings together new work from our existing playwright partners alongside work from up-and-coming playwrights from around the world, including recently produced world premieres, previously unpublished works, etc. from every continent.
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A foundational collection of dramatic texts for any institution wanting to teach the basics of drama. With over 13,000 plays, Drama Texts Collection spans nearly a millennium of dramatic writing, covering the core works of the Western canon alongside their important yet forgotten contemporaries—works that are necessary to any literary or theatrical education.
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A unique collection of more than 3,900 plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde.
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A leisure eBook and e-Audiobook collection accessible via computer or a smart device such as a phone or tablet via the Axis360 app.
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Includes more than 100 million pages of multidisciplinary content from journals, congressional and federal documents, world constitutions, and more in more than 100 subject areas, including history, political science, criminal justice, religious studies, international relations, women’s studies, pre-law, and many more. Includes constitutional, historical, and current materials available for the state of Illinois.
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(Decatur Herald & Review) Full-text of Decatur's only daily newspaper, 1990-present.
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IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.
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From a variety of scholarly publishers. JSTOR eBooks are accessed through the same interface as JSTOR articles; to limit a search to eBooks, check "narrow by- item type- books" below the search boxes.
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Plays written by Latin American playwrights in the 19th-21st centuries. Besides serving as a rich resource for literature scholars, the collection also supports the study of American history, ethnic diversity, immigration issues, and political history.
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The go-to resource for writers of research papers and anyone citing sources is now available online through institutional subscriptions. MLA Handbook Plus includes the full text of the ninth edition of the handbook, the first editions of both the MLA Guide to Digital Literacy and the MLA Guide to Undergraduate Research in Literature, and a video course that teaches the principles of MLA documentation style through a series of short videos paired with quizzes, plus a final assessment.
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Detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore, from 1926 - , with the full text of 1,000+ journals.
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The New Play Exchange, a National New Play Network project, is the world’s largest digital library of scripts by living writers. Designed and built with the needs of the entire new play sector in mind, the New Play Exchange serves writers, producers, directors, artistic directors, literary managers, dramaturgs, publishers, agents, actors, professors, students, and even fans of the theater.
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Research diverse perspectives, topics and trends that align with curricular areas such as Political Science, English, Sociology, Humanities, Business, International Studies and more. Features reliable, credible information from a wide variety of local, regional, national, and worldwide news sources.
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Contains 1,517 plays by 330 playwrights and brings these writings the attention they deserve, by publishing the full text of plays written from Colonial times to the present by more than 100 women from the United States and Canada. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. Almost a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays. The plays themselves have been selected using leading bibliographies and with the assistance of our editorial board
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Nursing and allied health topics from 1986- present. Includes 700+ full text journals, 12,300 full text dissertations, chapters from e-reference books, multicultural reports, and 350+ full length clinical skills videos.
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Films from major Hollywood studios, documentary providers, independent filmmakers and international film companies provide a diverse library of more than 25,000 films and TV shows for streaming academic use. Millikin's "Flex 50" subscription allows only 50 active titles at a time; additions/changes in titles available must be requested by professors/instructors.
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Bringing together an unparalleled collection of the most important works from the last century from the English-speaking world, Twentieth-Century Drama features plays from over 300 noted playwrights and lesser known dramatists.
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1,905 plays by 419 playwrights, and more than 150 of the plays are published here for the first time, including a number by major authors. This collection offers a unique window into the economic, historical, social, and political psyche of two countries. Scholars and students who use the database will have a new way to study the signal events of the twentieth century—including the Depression, the role of women, the Cold War, and more—through the plays and performances of writers who lived through these decades.
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