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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.

Background Information

Background information will give you a foundation for building your research. Use Reference Resources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.) to explore background information about the play, the playwright, the historical context in which the play way written, and more. Think of these resources as more authoritative alternatives to Wikipedia.

Here's a link to all of Hunter's Reference Resources databases: https://library.hunter.cuny.edu/databases/type/4

The two that I recommend for this class are:

Primary Sources

These databases contain historical documents that may help contextualize your play and playwright. Find a full list of primary source databases here: http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/databases/type/13