guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
To locate books
and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include:
Acting, Actors, Actresses, Amateur theater,
American drama, Authors and the theater, Classical drama, Copyright--drama,
Copyright--performing rights, Costume, Costume design, Drama, Drama--history
and criticism, Dramatists, English drama, Expression, Gesture, Monologues,
Performing arts, Playbills, Set designers, Shakespeare, William,
1564-1616, Stage, Stage lighting, Stage photography, Theater, Theater
and society, Theater architecture, Theaters, Theaters--decorations,
Theaters--stage setting and scenery, Vaudeville.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves by Course
or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
Materials in the
Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials
on theater include:
Browsing the Library Collection
CALL NUMBER RANGE
(works about drama in a literary form)
(works about drama as acted on stage)
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in film include:
Meyer-Dinkgrafe, Daniel, ed. Whos
Who in Contemporary World Theatre.
EF PN 2035 .W485 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Detroit: Gale Research, 1991-
REF PN 1601 .D59 Rosenberg Reference
Survey of Drama.
Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1986
REF PN 1625 .C74 1986 Rosenberg Reference.
Encyclopedia of World Drama.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1972.
REF PN 1625 .M3 Rosenberg Reference.
The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.
REF PN 1968 .U5 S37 1994 Rosenberg Reference.
ed. The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre.
London: Routledge, 1994-
REF PN 1861
.W67 1994 Rosenberg Reference.
Russell, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre.
University Press, 1995.
REF PN 2111 .O95 1995 Rosenberg Reference.
ed. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
REF PN 2035 .C27 1995 Rosenberg Reference.
Mark, ed. International Dictionary of Theatre.
Chicago: St. James Press, 1996.
REF PN 2035 .I49 1996 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference.
The Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare.
Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1973.
REF PR 2892 .S69 Rosenberg Reference, Downtown Reference.
Moston, Doug, ed. The
First Folio of Shakespeare, 1623.
New York: Applause, 1995.
REF PR 2751 .A15 1995 Rosenberg Reference.
Evans, G. Blakemore,
ed. The Riverside Shakespeare.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
REF PR 2754 .E9 1997 Rosenberg Reference.
James, ed. The Readers Encyclopedia of Shakespeare.
New York: Crowell, 1966.
REF PR 2892 .C3 Rosenberg Reference
for Articles in Periodical Databases
group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject.
They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full
text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for drama and
theater topics are the InfoTrac Expanded Academic
ASAP, OneFile. A few examples of magazines and journals included
are: American Drama, American Theatre, Arts
Journal: The Daily Digest of Arts, Costume, Comparative Drama, Drama:
The Quarterly Theatre Review, Modern Drama, New Theatre Quarterly,
Performing Arts Journal, Plays, Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare
Newsletter, Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Survey, TDR: The Drama
Review, Theatre, Theatre History Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre
Notebook, Theatre Research International, Theatre Survey.
you to limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals
by checking the box "Refereed titles."
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995
to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and
SFPL - Electronic
Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference
databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library
card number to access them, so even after you complete your
City College courses, you can still access online periodical and reference
databases using SFPL.
Below are some
examples of academic/scholarly web sites for drama and theater studies.
If you use a search engine, such as Google,
remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies
Provides research tools, listing of theater or performance studies
resources. Edited by Ken McCoy, associate professor of Communication
Studies and Theater Arts at Stetson University.
Library: Homepages Developed
A collection of Web pages useful for those doing research in theater.
Created by Liz Fugate, Librarian at the Drama Library, University
of Washington Libraries.
International Theatre Resources
A collection of Web pages ranging from acting to world theatre.
Edited by Richard Finkelstein, professor of theatre design.
A collection of theater and performing arts Web sites with an international
focus. Edited by Maria Teresa Iovinelli, Burcardo Library and Theatre
Collection in Rome.
and Drama / WWW Virtual Library
Provides links to international online articles, journals, museums,
organizations and theatre companies, etc. Developed by CTI Center
for Textual Studies, Oxford.
and Performing Arts
A searchable database of scholarly resources on the Internet related
to the visual and performing arts. Developed by Infomine.
of the Shuttle: Drama, Theater, & Performance Art Studies
A collection of selected links to Web resources related to theatre
and drama. Created by University of California, Santa Barbara, English
TheatrePedia: Internet Theatre Library
Provides information about the history, aesthetics, and technique
of theatre. Developed by the East Los Angeles College.
Language and Literature Guide
Prepared by Mortensen Library staff, this site includes a broad
array of useful links on theater.
Links to information about academic programs, technical resources,
shows and performances, theatres, groups, and other general information.
Internet Classics Archive
A searchable collection of over 400 classical Greek and Latin texts
(in English translation) with user-provided commentary and trivia
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Complete works of William Shakespeare, including Internet resources,
a discussion area, quotations, and a glossary.
Interactive site to increase the popular understanding and enjoyment
Resources on the Internet
The Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library's holdings
include a variety of Shakespeare resources that range from early
Quartos, the complete 1623 First Folio, and early playhouse promptbooks,
to more modern editions and to many bibliographical articles that
discuss Shakespeare's works.
William Shakespeare and the Internet
Provides links to online scholarly resources as well as new Shakespeare
materials, such as a genealogy, a time line, information about the
Shakespeare canon, etc.
Librarians welcome your questions and can help you
with your research. For additional help you may go to the Reference
Desk at any of the 5 CCSF campus libraries or telephone:
- Rosenberg Library: 415-452-5543
- Alice Statler Library: 415-239-3460
- John Adams Library: 415-561-1946
- Southeast Campus Library: 415-550-4353
- Downtown Campus library: 415-267-6513
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages,
how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list,
and how to avoid plagiarism.
Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!
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