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THEATRE: Finding News Articles

An introduction to theatre and dance research for University of Redlands students

This page will help you...

  • Find news articles containing play reviews or biographical information.
  • Run a basic or advanced search in Nexis Uni.

Finding reviews published online

An online paywall

News outlets are reliable sources for reviews, criticism and biographical information on actors, designers and playwrights.

In the early days of the internet, many print news outlets also offered their articles online at no additional cost. However, today most high-quality journalism is paywalled, or funded in part by tracking readers' activities online.

Armacost Library maintains subscriptions to major national newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Hundreds of national and regional news outlets are also included in the library's subscriptions to aggregator news databases.

When you come across a paywalled theater review online, be sure to search the library mentioning the reviewer's name, the play being reviewed, and the title of the news publication (the title given to the review itself is likely to fluctuate). Use the premiere date to help confirm you are looking at the right review.

Advanced searching in Nexis Uni

This video shows how to use Advanced Search forms in Nexis Uni.

Skip to 2:28 to see the News advanced search in action!

Find biographical information

Try some of these strategies to find information on playwrights, actors, directors and other people related to your research topic:

  • Check for statements by your person on social media, on blogs or websites.
  • Check for interviews published in magazines such as American Theatre or online as a blog post, podcast, etc.
  • Check for articles about your person written by journalists or literary critics
    • Use library databases such as Nexis Uni and Literature Resource Center to get around online paywalls
  • Search the library catalog for literary criticism published in scholarly articles and books.

Nexis Uni search fields

Note that the important elements of this article, such as the headline and byline, are searchable in the Nexis Uni database. Here is how Nexis Uni presents these elements in search results.

Key points

  • Your search strategy for finding news articles (including biographical information) is likely to include both web searches and library databases such as Nexis Uni.
  • Nexis Uni's advanced news search lets you design precise searches, looking for words in the headline, byline, and other article elements.