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Class Guide - THEA120

Getting help:

Hi, I'm Krista Knapp, your friendly reference/instructional librarian, and I'm here to help you!
You can email me at
kmknapp@salisbury.edu or kristaknapp@gmail.comTrust me, you WANT to be friends with a librarian.  Not only are we extraordinarily cool, but we're here to help you with your research, and we actually enjoy doing it, as crazy as that sounds!  Visit my website for more information about me: http://faculty.salisbury.edu/~kmknapp/

When I'm not teaching classes or rushing off to meetings, you can find me in my office in Blackwell Library 129 or at the research services desk.  My hours on the desk are
Mondays
10am-12pm, Tuesdays 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 12pm-2pm, Thursdays 10am-12pm, and Fridays 8am-10am.  Stop by and say hi!


Background information:

Reference books are a good place to start your research.  What is a reference source?  A reference source is something you consult for a specific piece of information, not something you read from cover to cover.  Reference sources include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, thesauri, atlases, almanacs, directories, etc.  Blackwell Library's reference collection is located on the main floor. 

Here are some suggested reference books:

  • Drama Criticism
    REF PN1601 .D59

  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
    REF PN1625 .M3

  • Modern World Drama
    REF PN1851 .M36

  • International Dictionary of Theatre
    REF PN2035 .I49   (v. 1 - Plays, v.2 - Playwrights)

  • Oxford Companion to the Theatre
    REF PN2035 .O9 1983

  • Oxford Companion to the American Theatre
    REF PN2220 .B6 1984

  • On Stage
    REF PN2277 .N5 B4

  • Biographical Encyclopedia & Who's Who of the American Theatre
    REF PN2285 .R5

Why can't I just use Wikipedia, you ask? Well, anybody and their brother can get on Wikipedia and write whatever they want, for starters!  Plus, there are tons of more reliable, authoritative sources out there for you to use.  And, I just can't resist sharing my favorite Colbert Report clip about the downfalls of Wikipedia.  View it here (and please ignore the brief commercial at the beginning!):

http://www.comedycentral.com/motherload/index.jhtml?ml_video=72347


Finding books:

Find books in Blackwell Library using our online library catalog.  Books in our library are arranged using Library of Congress Classification.  The books you can check out are located on the second floor of the library.  If you ever have trouble finding a book you want, PLEASE ask for help at the Research Desk!

You can also borrow books from any of the USMAI affiliations by selecting the "choose campus" link at the top of the catalog page and then selecting "USMAI All Campuses."  When you find a book you want that is not in Blackwell, click the "request" button and use your ID number to login.  You can have the book delivered to Blackwell within 3 or 4 days.


Understanding Scholarly Communication

Many times, your instructors will insist that you use scholarly sources for your papers.  What does that mean?  Check out this handy dandy chart for the details!

Here are the basics:

Popular Magazines:

  • glossy, pretty pages with lots of advertisements and pictures

  • written by hired reporters for a general audience

  • short, easily read articles

Scholarly Journals:

  • somewhat dull looking - very few pictures or advertisements

  • written by experts in the field and reviewed by other scholars before publication

  • long articles with citations and bibliographies at the end

Why should you use the library and not just use Google to find some good websites?

Most of the time, scholarly publications are not available to the general public, nor are they available for free on the internet.  Individuals or organizations (such as a library) subscribe to these publications.  Because subscriptions are expensive, many choose to access this content through libraries. 

Often, content from scholarly journals is indexed in databases that the library subscribes to.  The content is on the web, but it is not accessible unless you are affiliated with the institution who is subscribing.  It isn’t the same thing as just finding a website through a regular Google search.  Sometimes the full text of the article is available through the database; other times it is only a citation to the article and you will need to find the print version of the article in the library or order the article through interlibrary loan if we don’t subscribe to it.

So, basically what I'm saying is that the only way you can access this scholarly information for free is by using the library databases! 


Finding articles:

We have several databases you can use to search for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles.  Some of them only give a citation to the article, and some have the full-text.  Here is a list of databases you might want to try.  WARNING: these links will only work from on campus.  From off campus, access databases through Research Port.

  • Academic Search Premier - a multidisciplinary database from EBSCO with a mix of scholarly and popular resources, a lot of full-text and Find It links when there is no full-text available

  • JSTOR - scholarly full-text resources; the newest documents are 3-5 years old.

  • MLA Bibliography - covers literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, and the dramatic arts

  • Literature Resource Center - includes literary criticism, biographies, and bibliographies.

  • Humanities International - provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources in Humanities fields.


  WHAT DOES THAT CUTE LITTLE FIND IT BUTTON DO, ANYWAY?

It's a bit like magic, really.  The Find It button does three things:

  • Looks in all of our databases to see if the document you want is available full-text in another of our databases.  If so, it links you to it!

  • Links you to the library catalog when we have the item you want in print or microform.

  • Links you to ILLiad (interlibrary loan) so you can borrow the item from another library if we don't have access electronically or in print.

The Find It button is YOUR FRIEND!!!


Websites

Always make sure that internet resources are appropriate for your project. 
Look at the criteria listed on this website: 
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html

If you have questions about the appropriateness of a website, please check with your professor or a librarian.

Websites for the in-class activity:


Citing your work:

Of course you want to make sure you give proper credit to any source that you use to write your papers, whether you directly quote or paraphrase.  This guide helps students understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it: http://www.salisbury.edu/library/plagiarism/student.html

Use this guide to help you cite your work, and remember librarians are good at answering citation questions as well!
http://www.salisbury.edu/library/citation/index.html


 
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