Theatre Arts 107 – Gros

drawing of comedy and tragedy masks

About this guide

This guide provides students with recommended resources for conducting research on Non-Western Theatre in Theatre Arts 107 with Professor Gros. Use the tabs to navigate through the pages of the guide.

Your Assignment

Working in a team, prepare a multi-media presentation on one form of non-Western Theatre. (Topic list presented in class.)

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Sometimes the words you use to describe a topic are different from the words used by the library catalog and databases. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, try some of the search words listed below or ask a librarian for help choosing the best keywords for your specific need.

  • theater/theater/drama
  • origin/history
  • costume design/designers
  • modern/contemporary/adaptation

Remember to also explore different spellings and variations for your theatre topic! You can find alternate spellings by either browsing the internet or reference sources (see Background Info tab).

Reference Sources

Reference sources such as encyclopedias are a good place to begin your research. This resource is available online and will require your Pipeline account information when you access it from off campus.

  • Credo Reference A database that includes the full text of over 700 reference books.

You can also use the internet to explore background information, but it is important to utilize the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test (see Websites tab) to ensure the information is trustworthy, accurate, and credible!


Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Your search results will include articles as well. Limit to books by choosing the appropriate box from the menu to the left of the results.


Search for articles in the following databases. These resources will require your Pipeline account information when you access them off campus.


Use Alexander Street Press to find videos and create short clips to integrate into your multimedia presentation.

To create a clip, you must first create an account and then use the clipping tool (scissor icon) just below timeline in the video display area. After clicking the scissor icon, create a title for your clip, add notes, and move the green (start) and red (end) flags along the timeline to designate the section of the video you want to capture. Click, “save” and find your created clip(s) using the “clips” tab in the upper right corner of the screen. Use the “Embed/Link” option to copy and paste the link into your presentation


Use ARTstor to find images to integrate into you multimedia presentation.

Evaluating Websites

Figuring out whether the information you find online is credible enough for college research can be challenging. Use the P.R.O.V.E.N. Test for Evaluating Sources to determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: The reason the information exists. Is the purpose to sell, to entertain, to inform, to teach, or to persuade? Do the authors and publishers/sponsors make their purposes clear? Is this source designed for general readers or academic readers?
  • Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs. Does it relate to your topic? Does it meet the requirements of your assignment? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness of the information. Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong or emotional language, or leave out important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The truthfulness and accuracy of the information. Where does the information come from? Can you verify it in other sources? Are there citations or links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic?
  • Expertise: The source of the information. Who are the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the information? Are they experts, or has the information been reviewed by experts? Is it posted on a personal website or blog?
  • Newness: The timeliness of the information. When was the information published or posted? Is it up to date? Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as technology or current events), or will older sources work as well?

How to Cite

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APA Citation Style from Camosun College