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Performing Arts Periodicals Database: Searchable Fields

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

The Performing Arts Periodicals Database offers nine Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a journal title. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields:

  • Author
  • Broad subject
  • Character
  • Company/Organization
  • Country of publication
  • Location
  • Narrow subject
  • Person
  • Publication

For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right.

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Broad and Narrow Subjects

While there is not a searchable thesaurus for the Performing Arts Periodicals Database, you should use the Broad Subject Heading and Narrow Subject Heading look up lists to identify subject terms for searching.

Broad Subject Headings broadly describe what an article is about (e.g., Circus Arts) while Narrow Subject Headings focus in more precisely on the content of the article (e.g., Acrobats & Acrobatics). The broad and narrow subject lists are created by ProQuest’s indexing team and are revised occasionally. The broad subject list is revised as new broad subject areas are investigated by researchers, while the narrow subject list grows more readily. Each article in the database receives both broad and narrow subjects.

Database Specific Limiters and Fields in Advanced Search

The Exclude: Reviews limiter allows you to remove all documents marked as a review - Article Review, Audio Review, Book Review, etc. - from your results without having to select all of them from the Document type limit.

Broad subject heading, Narrow subject heading, and Person are part of the subject field search. They are defined as types of subjects and can be located by searching the subject field, but also are indexed separately and in addition to the subject as specific subject types. When a subject from a record happens to be a broad subject heading, a narrow subject heading, or a person, you will find a separate indexed subject field for these types. Subjects are also known as descriptors, subject headings, controlled vocabulary and sometimes classification terms. Each of these search options in the Advanced Search page also includes a look up link to the browsable index for this field. Use the look up link next to the search box to browse the subject types and add them to your search.

Country of publication is the country where the publication was produced. Use the look up link next the to Country of publication search box to browse the list of countries and add them to your search.

The Document type limit is used to refer to the format of the document. This includes articles, bibliographies, film reviews, musical notation, and many others. All are unchecked by default and if you leave them as such when you run your search, all document types will be included in your search. Limiting your search by marking any of the document types will then only run your search to include those document types you selected.

The Document feature limit can be used when you want to limit your search to items that contain additional graphical images such as charts, tables, photos, or musical scores. All are unchecked by default and if you leave them as such when you run your search, all document features will be included in your search. Limiting your search by marking any of the document features will then only run your search to include those document features you selected.

The Language limit is used to restrict your search to documents published in one or more languages. All are unchecked by default and if you leave them as such when you run your search, all languages will be included in your search. Limiting your search by marking any of the languages will then only run your search to include those languages you selected.

Searchable Fields


Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation




Members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Accession Number



Search the unique database ID for articles and documents.

All Fields



ALL searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.




AU(Goldsmith, Jill)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.

Broad Subject Headings


BSU(musical theater)

Use to search for a broad subject heading that has been applied to an article.




Use to search for a character from an opera or other artistic work.

Country of Publication / Place of Publication


CP(United Kingdom)

Use to search for where a publication was produced.




ORG(Greek National Opera) 

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Creative Work



Use to search for a creative work (dance, opera, play, etc.) featured in an article.

Digital Object Identifiers



Search for documents with DOIs using the DOI search.

Document Feature



Use to search for features in an article such as charts, diagrams, musical scores, and photographs.

Document Number



Searches both the ProQuest document ID (applied to all documents) and the 3rd party document ID (applied to some databases, such as PsycINFO).

Document Text


FT(contemporary dance)

Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title




Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.

Document Type


DType(performance review)

Use this to find specific document types such as journal article, bibliographies, film reviews and musical notation.





This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.




Use to search the issue number of a resource.

Journal Subject



This field searches for the subjects assigned to the journals themselves. 




Use to locate the original language of the document.




Search for a specific geographic area or location.

Narrow Subject Heading


NSU(Action films)

Use to search for a narrow subject heading that has been applied to an article.



PER(Frank Sinatra)

Use to find articles about a person.

Publication Date



Use to find a specific publication date.

Publication Title



PUB(American drama)

Use to search by a specific publication or publications.

Publication Year  



Use to find a specific publication year.



PB(Cambridge University Press)

Use to search by a specific publisher. 

Source type



Use to find a specific source type such as trade journals, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

Subject Heading(All)



Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. A search for the subject heading “music,” will find articles with the broad subjects "musical theater" and "dance-music", as well as the narrow subjects "music halls" and "film musicals". To run an exact subject search where only “music” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.




TAG(musique populaire‎)

Use to search for Tags attached to articles. This field is user generated and only searches Tags that were made public by ProQuest users.




Use to search for the volume of a resource.