The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and online that are useful for doing research for this course. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.
Reference books and similar sources online are a great place to start your research because they provide background information on your topic. As you explore these sources, write down words that describe your topic. You'll be able to use these words later when you search for articles and books.
Reference books about scenic design in the theatre are located on the first floor of the Library in Main Reference. Those listed below are a selection of books you may wish to explore. Browse the shelves around them for other books.
The best method for finding journal, magazine and newspaper articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases or print indexes. The databases are easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).
Some of the article databases include the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the journal, magazine, or newspaper title in:
Because of their length, books provide a more in-depth look at topics than articles do. To find books in the University Library and e-books (electronic books) you'll need to use these:
Dissertations written by doctoral students can be an excellent source of information on your topic. In addition to reading the text of a dissertation, you'll also want to explore the sources cited by the author.
The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites.
Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Barbara Hightower (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.
Course Research Guides | Information Literacy Program
Alabama State University | University Library & Learning Resources Center
Alabama State University