DRAMA Graduate Research Methods I - VIRGO
FAL web page: www.lib.virginia.edu/fine-arts/
How to approach your topics-Search Strategies:
Before you begin your research it is necessary to spend a few minutes thinking about your topic and developing 'search strategies'. Search strategies consist of key words and/or phrases relevant to your topic of choice. For example:
- play, playscript, playwright$
theater, theatre, drama, history, criticism
set design, acting, performance, directing
It is always necessary to begin your searches by searching the U.Va. catalogues for books. The keys to a successful VIRGO search are to choose the correct index and to choose a search type which is most inclusive at the beginning. The search can then be limited to be more precise.
How to search VIRGO:
1-Keyword, a specific word or words relating to your topic such as - theater and nineteenth (variations on 19th century theater topics)
2-First Words, the first words of your topic or title such as modern drama
3-Exact, the exact words you are looking for such as an exact title or a specific name such as Raisin in the Sun.
VIRGO uses '$' as its truncation symbol. When searching VIRGO always choose 'ALL' Libraries. You do not want to eliminate the very important work that may be housed in Alderman or Clemons.
Keyword anywhere- The broadest searching mechanism looking for the words or phrases in the title, description, author field or anywhere in the record of the book.
Author- Searches the author field of the record.
Title- Searches for words or phrases found in the title of the book.
Subject- This searches specifically for Library of Congress Subject Headings not a general subject.
Journal Title- Searches for all Journal Titles in the U.Va. collection. When searching for a specific Journal Title you must always eliminate any article at the beginning of the title (The, A, Le, L').
|Keyword Anywhere:||theat$ and nineteenth|
|Subject (first words):||set design|
Includes over 30 million catalog records and holdings from over 12,000 libraries worldwide, including UVA. Materials in all formats.
|Simple Search||KEYWORD||acting and performance|
The New York Times Theatre Reviews. 1870-1919, with index volume; 1920-1970, with index volume. (FA-REF PN 1581.N38)
New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. annual volumes. 1940-1996. with indexes by actors, play writes, directors, choreographers, designers, etc. (FA Journals PN 1601 .N4)
Dictionary of the theatre : terms, concepts, and analysis. Patrice Pavis. (FA-REF PN 2035 .P313 1998)
The theatregoer's almanac : a collection of lists, people, history, and commentary on the American theatre. Thomas S. Hischak. (FA-REF PN2266 .H53 1997)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance. v. 1-2 (FA-REF PN 2035.O92 2003)
Oxford Companion to the Theatre. (FA-REF PN2035.O93 1983)
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre. v. 1-2 (FA-REF PN1861.W67 1994)
Theatrical Designers. (FA-REF PN2096 .A1T48 1992)
The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre (FA-REF PN2035 .C65 2002)
The Entertainment Sourcebook. (FA-REF PN 2091 .S8E68 2005)
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