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Research Basics

Library Website Help

  • Getting Started (video) This video presents an introduction to the Odum Library webpage.
  • Anywhere Access Log in to Anywhere Access to use library resources from off-campus.
  • Live Chat The Live Chat page brings together every possible way to contact a Reference Librarian.  Contact methods include online chat, text message, email, phone, or visiting us in person during normal reference desk hours

Search Techniques and Strategy

Finding Sources

Finding Newspaper Articles

Finding Articles in Other Periodicals

  • LexisNexis Academic GALILEO icon
    • In the "Search the News" box, click on "Major World Publications" and change it to "Newspapers" or "Magazines."
    • You can also search within a single source, such as a city's major newspaper. Enter your keyword search term (such as "theatre" or "play") in the "Search for" box and type a city name into the "by Source Title" box. You'll see suggested matches that you can click on to limit your search to that particular newspaper or magazine.
    • At times you'll find that weekly city papers will focus more on arts events than major city daily newspapers. For instance, Seattle Weekly offers more theatre-specific articles than the daily Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text Online access to titles such as Dance TeacherModern DramaPAJ: A Journal of Performance and Dance, and Learning and Theatre.
  • Academic Search Complete (at EBSCOhost) Scholarly journal and popular articles from a variety of disciplines, many full text.
  • MLA International Bibliography provides citations to articles about literature and languages, including drama and theatre reviews and discussions of play performances.
  • Research Library (at ProQuest) Scholarly journal and popular articles from a variety of disciplines, many full text.

**To find out if Odum Library subscribes to a specific periodical electronically or in print (for instance, Variety or American Theatre or Back Stage):

  1. Go to the library homepage
  2. Click on the Journals tab
  3. Enter the title of the journal or magazine in the electronic or print text box
  4. Click the arrow. If we subscribe to the publication, you'll find ways to access it, including our years of coverage. For instance, Odum Library has current online and past print subscriptions to American Theatre.

Finding Websites

  • United States Newspapers Find links to web sites for city, county, and regional newspapers, arranged by state. Odum Library does not subscribe to all of these papers, but you can check for individual titles in LexisNexis Academic or through the Journals search tab.
  • New York Times Theatre section Find listings of current plays and musicals, feature articles, and reviews. Note the links for specific types of plays, such as Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, etc., beside the Find a Show search box at the top of the page.
  • Broadway Buzz features short news clips, reviews, and other current items about shows, including names of cast members and designers for sets, costumes, and lighting.
  • Theatre Facts feature an annual report on the fiscal state of the not-for-profit theatre industry for companies within the Theatre Communications Group. These reports do not analyze individual theatres.
  • Theatre Profiles allows searches for basic theatre information and production schedules by year of members of the Theatre Communications Group.
  • Ipl2 (formerly Librarians' Internet Index and Internet Public Library)
    • Click on "Resources by Subject" to browse the web page collection by topic. Under the Resources by Subject link, choose Arts and Humanities, then Fine Arts, then Performing Arts to reach a list of theatre and dance resources, including news publications and company web sites.
  • Google To find a city's web site us the following search in Google (this will work in most search engines): +official +city [cityName]
    • +official +city new york
    • +offical +city valdosta
  • State and Local Government on the Net Find links to state and city government web sites, which can feature information about arts and entertainment resources within communities.

Finding Books

  • GIL-FIND@VSU Library Catalog—find books, videos, scores, and other items in Odum Library's catalog and easily narrow your results by format, author, language, course reserves, etc. Use Advanced Search for more complex searches combining keywords or subjects. To begin locating primary sources, you can narrow your keyword or subject search by adding the keyword "sources," "personal narratives," "letters," or "documents."
  • GIL Universal Catalog—expands the GIL-Findl@VSU Catalog to search for and request books from all University System of Georgia libraries, which you can order for library delivery (see below). 
    • GIL Universal Catalog / GIL Express (guide)—how to request books from other USG libraries. You need to set up a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to request items from other USG libraries and to check your library account.
  • WorldCat Catalog—searches multiple library catalogs from around the world to locate records for books, websites and internet resources, manuscripts, maps, computer programs, musical scores, films and slides, newspapers, journals and magazines, and sound recordings.

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request articles, books, and other materials from other libraries.  You can use the ILLiad (ILL request) system by selecting the ILL - Odum Express link under the Main Menu on the Odum Library home page and logging in with your BlazeView username and password. You may request articles that should arrive in 2-5 days, or books within 2 weeks.

Evaluating and Presenting Information

These guides will help you distinguish between the different types of information sources, evaluate the sources you find, and present your information in a professional manner.

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources and Presenting Information