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THEA 281: Visual Elements - Research Using Online Resources

A guide to research for theatre production and design using only online resources, created Spring 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Know your logins!

In order to access all of our online resources, you need to know your Hunter NetID and password. You can look it up at the link on our homepage for NetID Central, or follow this link:

HCL website with NetID Central circled

Once you have your NetID and password, use the links on the library home page to access our online databases and enter your NetID and password when prompted.

Remember, you have to use our links to get to our resources - because we pay for access, you'll be able to get to a LOT more stuff by using the Libraries' links than you can get to via a Google search.

Organize your research

Keeping track of your visual research and staying organized during the process will help you later on. There are lots of online tools that you can use depending on how you like to work. One that I like is Padlet, because you can post and share images and text together as well as allow others to collaborate on a shared project. Here's an example from a Costume Design class I worked with:

Regardless of how you organize your information, just make sure you have some system that works for you. And remember to give proper attribution/citation for images that you use in your research.


OneSearch, the main search box on the library home page, allows you to search across our catalog and a selection of our electronic databases for books, e-books, articles, and more.

In our online-only environment, here are some tips for using OneSearch: