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. Source Evaluation Questions to help you determine whether the sources you find are credible:

  • Purpose: How and why the source was created. Is it intended to educate, inform, persuade, sell, or entertain? Do the authors, publishers, or sponsors state this purpose, or try to disguise it? Why was this information published in this particular type of source (book, article, website, blog, etc.)? Is the source designed for the general public, students, or experts?
  • Relevance: The value of the source for your needs. Does the type of source meet your assignment’s requirements? Does the information answer your question, support your argument, or add something to your knowledge of the topic? Is it too general or too specific? Is it too basic or too advanced?
  • Objectivity: The reasonableness and completeness of the information. Do the authors present the information thoroughly and professionally? Is it fact or opinion? Is it biased? Do the authors use strong, emotional, manipulative, or offensive language? Do they leave out, or make fun of, important facts or alternative perspectives?
  • Verifiability: The accuracy and truthfulness of the information. Do the authors support the information they present with strong factual evidence? Do they cite or provide links to other sources? What do experts say about the topic? Can you verify the information in other credible sources? Does the source contradict itself, include false statements, or misrepresent other sources?
  • Expertise: The authority of the creators of the source. What makes the authors, publishers, or sponsors of the source authorities on the topic? Do they have related education, experience, or other expertise? Do they provide an important alternative perspective? Has the source been reviewed in some way, such as by an editor or through peer review?
  • Newness: The age of the information. Is your topic in an area that requires current information (such as science, technology, or current events), or could information found in older sources still be useful? When was the information presented in the source first published or posted? Are newer sources available that would add important information to your understanding of the topic?

Recommended Websites

For more help locating reliable information online, see the Finding Credible Web Sources research guide.

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