1. Drama and Theatre
15 October 2013
2. Session Outline
Accessing e-resources off-campus
Developing a search strategy
Online resources for Drama and Theatre
Citing references / creating a bibliography
… anything else?
3. Access online resources off-campus
Royal Holloway ‘Campus Anywhere’ (VPN)
The only way to access all of our electronic resources off
campus is to install the Virtual Private Network (VPN)
service, known as 'CampusAnywhere'.
How to set up the VPN connection:
and follow the link: Campus Anywhere
4. Developing a search strategy
1. Identify keywords that define your research
2. Select relevant information sources
3. Evaluate and modify your searches
4. Select and save results
5. Locate copies of promising texts
My essay question / research topic:
What do I want to find out?
7. Identifying key concepts & keywords
e.g. governance / policy / regulation
e.g. colour or color; theatre or theater
e.g. global warming / climate change
8. Analysing your query - an example
Finding information on: ‘depictions of madwomen’
Insanity, mental illness,
Female, gender, sex
9. Exercise 1
Think about your own dissertation / essay topic / research
interests and spend 5 minutes planning your search.
Now that I know what I want to find out:
What resources would I use?
12. Selecting information sources
Drama and Theatre Subject Guide
Senate house library catalogue
Other internet resources
These can also be found on the main Library webpage
13. Activity 2
Spend 2-3 minutes browsing the Drama Subject
Guide and the suggested resources, and tick the box
in the handbook which resources or types of
resources/information you think you would use to
carry out your research.
Now that I know what I want to find out
& where to find the resources:
How do I search for information
on my topic?
15. Wildcard searching – hints & tips
Use wildcard characters ($ ? * -) to replace letters in
theat* - finds theatre, theater, theatrical etc.
*owl* - finds howl, howler, owl, owls, bowl, etc.
wom*n - finds women, woman, etc.
NB: Help pages in online databases will explain
which character is used as the wildcard
16. Reviewing your results – hints & tips
Too many results?
Narrow your search using: AND
female AND madness
17. Reviewing your results – hints & tips
Too few results?
Broaden your search using: OR
sex OR gender
Now that I have found information on
How do I know that it is what I
want and good quality
19. Reviewing your research
Do you have
enough / too
Do you need to
current / within
the date you
Is it relevant to
Does it answer
20. Activity 3
Read the section on Web of Knowledge and conduct
some searches. Try out a few searches using your
keywords and some of the search techniques we’ve just
looked at. Try saving and emailing useful results to
Now that I have the information (books,
chapters, journal articles, webpages
etc) that I need:
How do I manage & reference
22. Citation and referencing
Acknowledge the author of the source
Enable the item to be traced
Evidence of scope and depth of your research
Reference style – the layout & format of your
bibliography - CHECK WITH YOUR DEPT
23. MLA 7th edition
Gralla, Preston. How Wireless Works. 2nd ed.
Indianapolis: Que, 2006.
Bibliographic management software
Capture, save and organise references
Access it via the Online Resources A-Z lists
Contains online self-help tutorials
Library RefWorks sessions:
Check the Library Information Skills Training Sessions from the Drama
26. Selecting & saving results & full text
Most databases allow you to:
Select and save results to a ‘folder’
Save, download or email results to yourself
Save search ‘history’ & re run them
Always make a note of your search queries and which
database you used.
27. Any questions?
For more help & guidance on any of the topics explored in this course, or for
one to one training sessions, please contact the Library Information Consultant
for Drama & Theatre:
Kim Coles, firstname.lastname@example.org
or email: email@example.com
Further information can also be found on the Library website: