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Theatre: History I and II (4213 and 4223): Getting Started

Overview

Theatre  History I (4213) and Theatre History II (4223)

This is a guide to resources for theatre history.  Links within the guide are "live" so that you can begin searching directly from within the guide.  Contact a reference librarian for additional help with research. 

Reconstruction of the Theatre of Dionysius in Athens  
   

1891 German encyclopedia Kurscher (ed) "Pierers Konversationslexikon"

                      Work in the Public Domain


                

              

 

Research Strategy

  • Select topic.

  • Find background information from DISCOVER, Proquest Central, CREDO, or recommended reference titles.

  • Find information in online catalogs and databases.

  • Find information from web resources.

  • Evaluate and select references.

  • Cite your sources.

 

Power Searches

A good starting point is Discover Search or the Proquest Central search.  These multisearches help you find sources that might not ordinarily have been found in some traditional searches.

THEATRE may also be spelled THEATER.  Use both spellings of the word when searching.  Also consider using a search feature called truncation.  The first part of the search term is used followed by an asterisk.  For example:  theat* retrieves theatre, theater, theatrical, and other varianat forms of the word.

 

Reference Books Online

 REFERENCE BOOKS

Reference Books provide background information or overviews of a topic, definitions of unfamiliar terms, and biographical information.  Some of the resources have bibliographies, citations, footnotes, illustrations, or other sources for further exploration.  Background sources can save you a lot of time when beginning research.   

An excellent database of reference books online is available from Credo Reference  Use the BACK arrow to click BACK and return to the guide after searching CREDO.

                                        

Cambridge Guide to Theatre is an example of one title in CREDO for theatre history.

Research Librarian

 

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 Carolyn Filippelli

 Contact Info:
Boreham Library, 1st floor
Office Phone: 479-788-7204
carolyn.filippelli@uafs.edu  
 
 Services Available From Your Research Librarian:
  • Research Consultations (walk in or appointment)
  • Resource suggestions for class Assignments and group projects 
  • Help with search strategies for databases and catalogs 
  • Class instruction for course assignments