Wednesday, 14th April 2004
The New York Times: Theatre and Film Review Archives
Resources of the Week
1) Online Databases
A Week of FREE TRIALS!!!
Free Trials: Gale Celebrates National Library Week (April 18-April 24) With A Week of FREE Access to 24 Databases
It's likely that you already have free access to some of these database 24x7x365 via your local public or college library. If you don't have access or just want to sample what these databases have to offer this is a great opportunity. Here's a list of what Gale is making available:
General Knowledge (includes Spanish-language and Health)
+ Gale Virtual Reference Library
Note: Full Text articles from thousands of publications
+ InfoTrac Religion & Philosophy
+ Consulta (Spanish language)
+ Informe (Spanish language)
+ Health & Wellness Resource Center
+ Student Resource Center
+ Junior Reference Collection
+ Discovering Collection
+ Kids InfoBits
+ Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
+ Testing and Education Reference Center
History, Biography and Literature
+ Eighteenth Century Collections Online
+ History Resource Center - Modern World
+ History Resource Center - U.S.
+ Times Digital Archive
+ Biography and Genealogy Master Index
+ Biography Resource Center
Note: A favorite of mine
+ Literature Resource Center
+ What Do I Read Next?
Business & Law
+ Business & Company Resource Center
+ Associations Unlimited
Note: This is the electronic version of the Encyclopedia of Associations
+ Military and Intelligence Database
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The New York Times: Theatre Review Archive
The NYT is now offering free access to most of its theatre reviews back to 1996, plus other "selected reviews" dating back to 1905. You can browse these in a variety of ways -- by title of the play, by year, by critic or by award (Pulitzer, Tony). A special feature on this same page: Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century -- "25 Broadway productions that defined the 20th century and another 100 memorable productions," drawn from The New York Times Book of Broadway. Click on the title links to read reviews of everything from The 3-Penny Opera to Six Characters in Search of an Author. And while you're here, you might want to browse through the Hirschfeld Archive, a selection of Al Hirschfeld's caricature line drawings that appeared in the Times theatre section for 75 years.
Also available: New York Times Movie Review Archive: "Browse or search more than 5,000 New York Times movie reviews. Included in the free review archive are all films reviewed since 1983, reviews of all Best Picture Academy Award winners, as well as a selective list of the 1,000 Best Movies."
3) Web-Based Tools
Web Frequency Indexer
"This page allows you to create a frequency index, or 'word list,' of a text. Paste or type in your text below, and select a sort order [most frequent, least frequent, alphabetical]." You can learn more here. This web tool was created by Catherine Bell, an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.