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Drama: 54-281: Foundations of Drama II: 20th Century Productions: Research Best Practices

Research Methodology: Best Practices

Intrigue! (Research is rarely ever well-achieved in a straight line)

Explore diverse resources to make the strongest case for your production paper.

Critical Monographs
Historical monographs
Biography/Autobiography
Articles and reviews in journals and newspapers
Sourcebooks
Casebooks
Annuals
Encyclopedias
Surveys
Timelines
Audio and/or visual resources
People!
Archives
Organizations
Special Collections...


Start with critical monographs dedicated to a play, musical or practitioner 

Not sure what production you want to research?

Search all pertinent journal databases for reviews and articles

  • Exhaust the suggested article databases in this guide.
  • Google Scholar


Log your keyword strategies when searching databases to minimize search replication in:

  • library catalogs (such as Cameo and WorldCat)
    See the Cameo and WorldCat Search Tips page in this guide.
  • article databases such (such as International Theatre of Bibliography and Dance)
  • search engines (such as Google)


Evaluate resources

  • Identify the source and analyze content for authority, objectivity, accuracy, currency, and breadth.

 

 

 

 

 

Questions?

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