Besides being "super-great-things-to-escape-inside-by-reading-them", books can help you with research. Some books contain criticisms and essays by multiple authors, much like journals contain articles. And once you've found a book that is relevant, check out the bibliography (usually in the back of the book or at the end of chapters) for citations the author used to write the book. These can lead you to more relevant sources, in books, and in journals. Browsing a general topic book can also help you narrow your topic to something more specific, or give you ideas for completely different topics or papers.
Books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System. All of our books can be found in the Basement of the library, accessed either by the elevator or the main front stairwell.
Here are some suggested Dewey Decimal areas for browsing the library’s shelves for Theatre books:
|391||Costume/Fashion(Examples, not Construction)|
|792||Theatre (Performance, all aspects)|
|812 and 822||Plays and criticism; 812 for American, 822 for British|
The library features a Popular Reading Collection, located on the second floor by the front picture windows. While not essential to research, these titles do provide quality entertainment when you need a break from writing "that paper." There are three different categories, defined by colored tape on the spine:
You can check them out, then "check them out" at the Circulation Desk.
The following are collections of full text electronic books available to you through your library. For instructions or assistance viewing or downloading, click on the "help" box in each collection:
In addition to the e-book databases in the box above, the following will link you to sites that contain full length plays:
Kanopy - A large streaming video site, view films in the cultural arts and film study, as well as popular films.
Films on Demand - View documentaries or film clips on a number of Theatre topics, including many full length productions of plays.
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