Catalog Search Tips
- Use an asterisk (*) to substitute for endings of root terms, e.g., using "symbol*" retrieves symbols and symbolism.
- When combining search terms use OR to broaden your search, use AND to narrow your search.
- Use Advanced Search to combine different searches, and limit to specific locations, e.g. "CC Reference" for the reference collection.
Since you'll be researching some topics that are not specific to theatre, you may find some databases helpful for your research. The library has databases in many fields, the following are just a few.
Finding Reviews of Theatre Productions in Newspapers and Indexes
When looking for reviews of current productions, you can begin looking for items in current major newspapers.
Searching Newspapers for Theatre Reviews
Use U.S. News Stream to search major US newspapers for reviews. The New York Times and other major daily newspapers are included. Include keywords such as "theater," "theatre," "play," and "review" in your search, and/or use the subject term limiters on the left column after you have search results.
Finding Reviews from a Citation
Once you've found an article citation in an index, you'll need to check the Geisler Journal List to see if Geisler Library subscribes to the journal, magazine or newspaper or if we have electronic access to the journal in which your article will be found.
Print journals are arranged alphabetically on the periodical shelves. (Remember the most recent months will be found on the Current Periodical Shelves on the second floor of Geisler Library)
If we don't subscribe to the publication you need, we can get the article for you through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Many of the library databases will have links to a ILL form, we also have forms on our website, or you may get a form from the Circulation Desk. Fill it out as completely as possible, and then turn it in again at the Circulation Desk. Normally it takes a week to two weeks to get items ordered through ILL.
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