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Before Starting Research
Theatre research is most fruitful when some preliminary considerations
are kept in mind:
All research takes time; it is important to
start as early as possible. With sufficient time, you will be able to access
more resources, insuring better and more thorough results.
Set up an Interlibrary Loan account(ILLiad) and get a Capital District
ILLiad is a integrated interlibrary loan service through which
you can request materials from remote libraries. Once
the account is set up, borrowing is extremely easy. Many
requests can be handled electronically,
with articles delivered directly to your email account. Accounts can be set
up easily online through the Library’s homepage listed under “InterLibrary
go directly to ILLiad.
CDLC cards allow you to go to local, participating libraries and
borrow directly, which can greatly speed up the process of
getting important materials. To get a CDLC card, take your valid
identification card and go to the Circulation Desk. They
usually do them on the spot, and it takes about 10 minutes.
Formulate a thesis statement before beginning your search. This is essential
for two reasons:
A thesis statement provides you with a focused topic.
A thesis statement provides you with specific search terms.
NOTE: For an brief explanation of a thesis statement,look at the
Research Process or ask at the Reference Desk.
When you start searching, begin with this list,
in descending order, for the best resources in terms of quality and
scope of coverage:
Catalogs(OPACs): University at Albany Libraries' and others
Database Finder & Indexes
Journals: Print & Online