Research Methods for the Theatre. Department of Theatre and Dance University of Mary Washington. Research Methods . I. Developing a research topic and thesis statement II. Forming a search strategy III. Identifying, Locating and Evaluating information sources.
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Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Mary Washington
I. Developing a research topic and thesis statement
II. Forming a search strategy
III. Identifying, Locating and Evaluating information sources
1:Write a research paper on some aspect of contemporary theatre.
2: Complete a character analysis of Emma Goldman.
3: Design scenery, lights and costumes for The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux.
Defining a specific research question &
ReviewofLiterature.html>. Path: Home; Writers Handbook; Common Writing Assignments; Review of Literature.
How to construct a Literature Review
Components vary according to discipline.
An abstract of a humanities work may contain the thesis, background, and conclusion of the larger work.
An abstract is not a review, nor does it evaluate the work being abstracted.
While it contains key words found in the larger work, the abstract is an original document rather than an excerpted passage.
UNC Writing Center—https://http://writingcenter.unc.edu/?s=abstractMy assignment says to write an abstract of my paper—What is it?
How will you search to find the information you are looking for?
Subject & Key WordDetermining a search strategy:Identify subject and key concepts for topic
Subject: 21st century theatre history
Focus: American theatre after 9-11
Topic: How did American theatre respond to the events of 9-11.
Theater/re, response to 9/11
Subject & Key Words:
Theatre: plays, drama, theatre
How did American theatre and theatre artists respond to the events of 9-11? Were any plays written that dealt with the events? If so, what were the themes of those plays?
Subject: Emma Goldman
Focus: Biographical Study
Topic: Life, times, and beliefs of Emma Goldman.
Emma Goldman, Biographical information
Subject & Key Words:
Goldman: anarchist, suffraget
Biographical information: life, death
Research and write a complete, detailed biographical study of Emma Goldman relative to developing her as a character in the play Emma by Howard Zinn.
Subject: 18th C. France.
Focus: Period style
Topic: What were the architecture, décor, dress, and art of the 18th c France?
18th c French architecture, décor, dress, art, history.
Subject & Key Words:
18th c: eighteenth century, Rococo
Dress: Clothes, costume.
Art: Painting, sculpture
Architecture: Domestic, Religious, Versailles
Décor: Interior decoration
History: GovernmentComplete an analysis of 18th century French style in order to design costumes, lights, and scenery for She Stoops to Conquer.
I. Develop a research topic
II. Form a search strategy
-What specific type of source has the information?
-Where it is located in the library?
-Authority of information source?
Identifying different types of information sources in the Simpson Library
Which type is most likely to have the information that I want?
-The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance
-Critical Survey of Drama
-Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers
-Activists, Rebels, and Reformers
-Women in World History
-The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
-Encyclopedia of Interior Design
-The Dictionary of Art
Riberio’s thesis for her new book is “ clothes played the most vital role in defining man and his part in society, to an extent which we cannot contemplate today”. The book is a development of this theme by investigation dress, social factors for dress, and the heavy influence of French Court society on clothing.
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Finding materials in the Simpson Library.
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Determining which information sources are acceptable for your research.