Databases are the most efficient way to find quality articles. It's important to use the most useful database for your particular topic.
Many of the article citations include a link to full text of the article, in either PDF or HTML format. If there is no full text link for an article, click on Full Text Finder to discover if the article is available in full text in another of our databases. If there is no or full text link, use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form to request the article.
Note: The Library databases' full-text coverage of Stage Directions goes back farther than the website's own archives.
New York Times
Search the New York Times's website for free. Full-text content is freely available for items published before 1923 (i.e., pre-copyright).
Once you've determined in what issue of the New York Times your play was reviewed:
1. Go to very end of the AU Library's reference collection.
2. Look for the index volumes for the New York Times (ZZ150 .N4).
3. Select the volume for the year in question.
4. Look alphabetically under the term THEATER for 1942-96. For earlier editions of the New York Times, look under the term PLAYS, or PLAYS AND OPERAS, or MUSICAL COMEDIES AND REVUES.
5. Find the entry for your play's review.
Once you've determined where the review is located, you need to find the specific roll of microfilm for that issue of the New York Times. Microfilm for the New York Times is on the main floor, near the reference collection.
See directions on the bottom center of this page for finding reviews using the New York Times online with the AU Library microfilm collection.