Welcome. This guide is intended as a "home base" for research for Theatre 318: Scene Design.
During our session in the library, we will use this page and this Padlet as starting points.
I was not able to put the two books I brought to class on reserve, since they are from a different campus. I went ahead and returned them so that one of you can request them, if you like! The items were:
Keeping track of where you found your research images and information is important: you want to be able to share information with collaborators, find more details if needed, verify information, and avoid issues with copyright.
While you'll rarely need to use a specific citation style in a professional setting, having a consistent way of keeping track of your sources can help you return to them later, and give credit if needed. Plus, it will save you time if you need to relocate the same material for a related show in the future. Some approaches might be:
Some research may be very focused, led by specific questions or artistic problems. Other times, you may approach research in a less focused way. Some tips for exploratory research:
As you work toward a design, you may also have specific questions or problems that go beyond finding inspiration or a visual language. For example, you may need to know historical details about architecture and design, literary analysis of the play or related works, or technical information about potential materials. Those questions may be best answered through research in libraries and databases, where you have the ability to refine your search terms and access detailed information and analysis. For theatre design research, you may particularly want to check out these tools and databases: