The resources on this page have been selected for the FYS Theatre Alive! Use the tabs above to find information about different types of resources that will be helpful as you work on your course projects.
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- Get a topic, either assigned from your professor or of your own choosing. Eventually this should take the form of a research question, ie, "What is the impact of...," "How did...change..."
- Look in general reference resources, such as Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, to get background information. Dates, keywords, important people or ideas will be important as you start to use more subject specific sources and databases.
- Look at subject specific reference resources. These will cover your subject in more detail and depth and will include useful bibliographies. For Theatre, this will include resources such as International Dictionary of Theatre and Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.
- Search the library catalog using keywords and terms learned from the reference resources. Look for call number areas and subject headings that cover your topic.
- Search in general and subject specific databases for journal articles and book chapters. IIPA and Literature Resource Center are two important databases.
- After you have a good background on your topic, use scholarly websites such as Voice of the Shuttle to search for appropriate web resources.
Notes on the Research Process
Remember to write down bibliographic information as you go so that you don't have to go back to find it when you are writing your paper.
You may need to look outside the Theatre subject area to find sources. English, history, religion, art, classics and psychology may all be useful areas for research.
Check the bibliographies in all your sources for additional resources.
You may need to broaden or narrow your topic depending on how much and what type of information you find as you research.
Find out if the Library subscribes to the journal you need through the journals page. If we subscribe to the journal, the catalog will display information regarding print and/or electronic versions of the journal. You can also use the "subject browse" feature to view journals by subject (selected journals only).
Remember, if Reynolds Library doesn't have a journal (or book) you need, request it via Interlibrary Loan. Current theatre periodicals are located in the Periodicals Room, Section II, alphabetical by title.