Theatre 4003 Arts Management

                                Why do research?

Research can lead to information; information can lead to knowledge, and knowledge is powerful. All of the informational resources available originated from someone being curious about something, exploring it, and sharing the findings.

How is information organized and from where do articles originate?

The cycle of information is an interesting one.  Research starts with an idea.  Someone becomes curious about something and wants to explore it.  Literature reviews are conducted, empirical evidence is gathered.  The researcher may wish to cross disciplinary lines and take a literary theory and apply it to another field.  The researcher writes an article.  If the article adds to the body of knowledge or presents a new concept, a journal in that discipline might be interested in publishing it. Article submissions go through a reviewing process in which multiple reviewers will read and comment on the article.  This is an example of a refereed journal article. If it passes the review process, the article is published in the journal.  Indexers read journal articles and assign subject headings to the articles and place the citation in indexes (such as MLA Bibliography).  Researchers comb indexes to find articles, and the whole cycle starts over.  This is a cycle that occurs right here at NSU.  Our faculty and students are publishing.  You can become a part of the process, too. Exciting, isn't it?

The Flow of Information (from the UCLA College Library) depicts how information about an event can be represented in different types of resources. Understanding how information is disseminated helps to know where to look and the attributes of each format.

                               How is the NSU library organized?

     Physical Overview of the Library
Library of Congress
Useful reference books:
Countries and Their Cultures Ref. GN 307.C68 2001
Europa Yearbook Ref. JN 1.E85
Encyclopedia of World Cultures Ref. GN 307.E53
Statistical Yearbook Ref. HA 12.5.U63
World Almanac  Ready Ref. AY 67.N5W7

Finding books:

Use the Library Catalog with the following subject headings:
nonprofit organizations--management
theater and name of the country
guidebooks and the name of the country
Careers in Performing Arts Management
Managing Innovation in the Arts
Running Theaters:  Best Practices for Leaders and Managers
The Stage Producer's Business and Legal Guide

Finding journals:

Comparing the Performing Arts in Britain, the U.S., and Germany

Use the following databases:
ABI Inform
Academic Search Premier
AH Search
Humanities Full Text

Journal Databases by Subject

Finding magazines (useful for popular culture)

Reader's Guide
Masterfile Premier

overnment Sources:
Library of Congress Country Studies
Library of Congress Portals to the World
France Tourism

Newspaper Source,
NewsBank Newsfile
(international papers)
New York Times

Government subsidy/funding/support
Countries and Their Cultures Ref. GN 307.C68 2001
subject headings: country name and  cultural policy
                                    art & state
Europa Yearbook Ref. JN 1.E85

Popular culture
Use reference books or search the databases by name of country and popular culture

Historical culture
Encyclopedia of World Cultures Ref. GN 307.E53

National recognition of culture
travel guide books for each country
Departments of tourism for each country

Statistical Yearbook Ref. HA 12.5.U63
Go to the country's site and see if they have statistics.
Keyword vs. controlled vocabulary, boolean logic

                         Locating Internet resources

Internet Search Engines Available

Some (hopefully) reliable approaches to finding good Web sources:

Best Information on the Net
The Internet Public Library
Librarians' Index to the Internet
JVL NSU Subject Listing of Web Resources

Assess the quality of the Web sites listed below:
Feline Reactions to Bearded Men

                         Critically assessing sources

1. Identify authors who are outstanding in their fields, determine the credentials of the author. Does the author have a degree in the field, is the author a professor?
2. Date of publication--is it recent? On Web pages, do the links work?
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation? Is it published by a professional association or university press? Is the journal refereed? On Web pages, check the domain (.edu is educational, .gov is government, .com is commercial, .net is network, .org is organizational)
4. How was the resource received by the critics?
5. Completeness of the material. Does the source have an index, bibliography?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include well known facts or research studies? Is the information complete, accurate, objective?
8. What is the purpose of the resource?  Is it for the general public, children, scholars? Is the goal to market persuade, educate?

 Am I done yet?

Have you tried, books, magazines, journals, newspapers, government publications, Internet sources, interviews, audio visuals? If not, you aren't done!

                               How do I cite sources using M.L.A. style?

The Tutorial on Citations provides a good overview to citing resources. The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the first floor at the call number, Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53.  Also, try the MLA Web site. For additional help in citing sources, try KnightCite Bibliography Machine.

                              How do I acquire materials not available at NSU?

Interlibrary loan is available free of charge in which books and copies of articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan requests to be received.

How do I find these library resources through the Web?

Many of the resources listed above are available through the John Vaughan Library Home Page. With an NT password and userid, these resources may be used from any location.

    SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
    Instructor of Library Services
    Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
    Resource Coordinator
    (918) 444-3267

Page maintained by: SB Threatt
Last Updated: 08/07/2012