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Performing Arts Research: Reference Books

Performing arts resources including theatre, cinema television, criticism, interpretation, costuming, lighting, makeup, playscripts, comedies and operas.

About Wikipedia

Wikipedia is not considered an appropriate source for academic research.

The credibility of the information is often questioned, since anyone can edit the pages.

Wikipedia is, however, an acceptable source to use as a starting point and for background information.

References and links provided at the end of each entry can lead you to credible and scholarly information.

Subject Encyclopedias

Subject-specific encyclopedias contain entries focusing on one field of study.
General encyclopedias provide overviews on a wide variety of topics.

Use an encyclopedia:

  • for background information on a topic
  • to find key ideas, important dates or concepts

Subject Handbooks

Handbooks are collections of information that provide quick answers in a particular field or about a particular technique.

Reference Librarian

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Harold Henkel
Tel: 757-352-4198

Fax: 757-352-4167