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|Research Steps||Library Research Services|
|Concept 1: stage construction||Concept 2: medieval (time period)||Concept 3: England (geographic region)||Concept 4: liturgical drama (a genre of medieval theatre)|
|stage craft||middle ages||Great Britain||mysteries|
|set design||6th century (through 15th century)||English||bible plays|
|scenery||year 500 a.d. (Through 1400)||British||miracle plays|
Subject headings and subdivisions are categories used in the Library Catalog to classify the content of books and other materials referred to. A subject search can be narrowly focused and, if it is successful, produce relevant results. If a subject search does not produce good results try a keyword search. Drama and theatre subjects often have several subdivisions. Typically drama and theatre subject headings are structured as shown below. Note that drama and theatre subject headings are arranged in a different order:
Geographic Location drama -- Event, Time Period or Subdivision of Topic
theatre -- Geographic location -- Event, Time Period or Subdivision of Topic
Sources about drama and theatre in specific countries are available in the Library Catalog under subjects like those shown below. When entering subject headings in the library catalog search form leave off all punctuation and capital letters. For the subject heading American drama -- 20th century enter American drama 20th century:
American drama -- 20th century -- history and criticism
theatre -- United States -- history -- 20th century
Specific types or genres of drama or theatre may be listed under a separate subject heading or subdivision like the examples shown below:
Mysteries and miracle plays
English drama -- comedy
English drama -- tragedy
Many play authors and set designers have subject headings which can refer to books or other items with biographical information and critical evaluations of their work. Author subject headings appear like the examples shown below. When entering author subject headings in the library catalog search form leave off all punctuation and capital letters. For the subject heading of the author Eugene O'Neill enter oneill Eugene:
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953.
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953 -- Bibliography.
(The subdivision Bibliography locates items with information that list the author's own work and also critical evaluations of the author's work.)
O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953 -- Criticism and interpretation.
(The subdivision Criticism and interpretation locates items with information that critically evaluates the work of the main subject.)
For more subject and keyword searching examples for drama and theatre topics check the Theatre Appreciation page.
- Keyword Searching:
Sources about drama and theatre topics may also be retrieved by using a keyword search. With keyword searching, search terms can be combined with the operators and, or, not. A sample keyword search is shown below:
Italy and drama and history
Truncation allows users to stem words or retrieve root words with several endings. The truncation symbol in the Library Catalog is an asterisk (*). The search shown below will locate records in the Library Catalog that include the words theatre, theatres, theater, or theatrical.
Keyword searches may include nesting. The nested terms within the parentheses are usually combined with an or:
ital* and (drama* or theat*) and hist*
Qualifying a search allows users to look for information in a specific field of a record such as the author, title, subject or note field. The search shown below locates the words criticism and interpretation in the sub (subject) field only of records about the play, Tempest. The quotations around the word and between criticism and interpretation indicates to the library catalog search engine to treat and as a keyword and not a connecting word.
s:criticism "and " interpretation and tempest
Use periodical indexes to locate article citations and summaries on drama and theatre topics. Gale and EBSCOhost (available on Owens Library's Articles & Guides page) also provide selected online full-text articles as well as article citations and summaries.
- A concise list of indexes appropriate for drama and theatre research as well as descriptions of those databases is available on the Drama & Theatre Periodical Databases.
Use the Search for Plays page to locate plays available in print and electronically on the World Wide Web.
Use the bibliography entitled Drama and Theatre Sources to locate print drama and theatre sources selected by librarians that are available in Owens Library.
- Use Sources for Locating WWW Resources to locate reviewed Web sites or search appropriate subject directories.
- Use the Drama and Theatre WWW Resources page to locate Internet resources recommended by Owens Library information professionals.
- Use the Searching Tips & Tricks page to learn how to enter focused, efficient searches in search engines recommended by Owens Library information professionals.
- Evaluate drama and theatre web sites found with search engines using the criteria suggested on the Evaluating Websites: PART of the Research Process page.
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