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Survey Article. CMPE 185. What is a Survey Article?. A survey article is a collection of perspectives on a specific subject. May also be thought of as a background essay. Goals for this project. To practice in-depth library research on a specific subject.

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what is a survey article
What is a Survey Article?
  • A survey article is a collection of perspectives on a specific subject.
  • May also be thought of as a background essay.
goals for this project
Goals for this project
  • To practice in-depth library research on a specific subject.
  • May be used as part of your Final Project, as background or overview.
choosing a topic
Choosing a topic
  • Recommended: Pick something you’re familiar with.
  • If you choose to cover something you’ve already investigated in a previous project, choose a small aspect of that project.
  • Create a topic statement.
target audience
Target Audience
  • Your audience has some knowledge of what you’re discussing, but they aren’t experts.
  • You can assume the audience knows roughly as much about the subject matter as you did – before you researched the matter in depth.
  • You must cite at least FOUR sources.
    • At least THREE of these must be from printed sources.
    • You may use only ONE source that’s only available online.
    • (If you have access to an online source of an article that is physically printed elsewhere, this is acceptable as a printed source.)
    • You must cite all four sources.
  • Library search
    • Build subject-heading and keyword searches around your topic statement.
    • When you find relevant articles or books, see what those authors cite as references.
more resources
More resources
  • Article Databases (which you should now have experience with) are particularly useful.
    • Pick 3-5 articles to start with.
    • Don’t just pick the first three you find. Choose the most relevant.
  • Be sure to note all citation information.
    • Emailing yourself/photocopying citation information will save you time.
    • Talk to your friendly neighborhood Reference Librarian.
organize your information
Organize your Information
  • Decide what your main points are.
  • Locate key information from the texts.
  • Present the clearest explanations possible for each topic and subtopic.
  • Keep an eye out for contradictory information.
    • Remember, your job is to present opinions and information, not to judge them.
    • Treat each source fairly.
example survey article
Example Survey Article
  • Title: The One Penny Admission.
  • TOPIC STATEMENT: The one-penny price of admission to a play in Shakespeare’s time was affordable across social strata.
  • This is only an outline of a Survey Article.
  • Your Survey Article must be written out.
  • Yes, this has been an issue in the past.
starting facts
Starting facts:
  • The base admission price at public theaters remained one penny from the 1570’s to 1642.
    • Source: Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage p.60
  • During that time period, the value of English currency changed drastically.
    • While inflation was limited under Elizabeth I (reigned 1558-1603), English currency lost value under James I (reigned 1603-1625).
      • Source: James Mackey, A Monetary History of England p. 143
The audience was diverse: made up of women and men of different classes, including sailors, artisans, merchants, apprentices, and visiting tourists.
    • Source: Jean E. Howard, The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England p. 13
Price comparisons:
    • “A penny was the cost of a beer or a cheap meal, and only a third the price of a pipe full of tobacco.”
      • E.K. Chambers, The Elizabethan Stage p.37
    • “The industrious artisan earned about 6 shillings a week”
      • Andrew Gurr, The Shakespearean Stage p. 199
quick reference guide to currency in renaissance england
Quick reference guide to currency in Renaissance England
  • A penny is represented as d.
  • A shilling is represented as s.
  • A pound is represented as £.


  • 12 pence = 1 shilling
  • 20 shillings = 1 pound

Other common coins:

1 crown = 5 shillings

½ crown = 2 shillings, 6 pence

1 angel = 6 shillings

1 groat = 4 pence

a london hotel menu from 1589
A London hotel menu from 1589
  • 11:00 AM Dinner:
  • A pece of bief xviii d.
  • Orenges ii d.
  • A loyne of veale iii s
  • 2 chickens xiiii d.

Evening supper:

  • A shoulder of mutton xvi d.
  • 2 rabettes x d.
  • A pigges pettie toes viii d
  • Colde bief xiii d.
  • Cheese: ii d.

(Source: M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating p.60)

admission structure
Admission Structure
  • General admission for new plays = 2 pence
  • General admission for older plays = 1 pence
  • Bottom galleries = additional 1 pence
  • Top gallery = additional 2 pence
  • Hall theaters, general admission = 6 pence