- Formulate a research question in order to focus your ideas about the topic. Please see our video tutorial on developing an effective research question
Finding books on dramatists and plays
- Search Laurier’s Primo library catalogue for books on your topic
- You can start with broad keywords (e.g. “Greek tragedies”) and then narrow down your results by clicking on one of the “refine your results” links on the left-hand side of the screen
- For example, you can click on the subtopic “Aeschylus”
- You can also limit your results to the Brantford campus and/or books published within a specific time frame (e.g. works published after 1984)
- For plays written by a dramatist, change the drop-down option from “full record” to “author”
- For works written about a dramatist, change “full record” to “subject”
- TIP: If you want criticism about a play, you may find a chapter in a book about the playwright rather than an entire book devoted to a single novel
- Laurier's eBooks are just as scholarly as our print books
- They are available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
- Some of our ebooks can be downloaded and read on mobile devices (but not on the Kindle). If a book is downloadable, it will have a download link
- View a video tutorial on finding eBooks
Can't find it at Brantford? Request it
- TIP: You can also order a book or a photocopy of an article from another library. You can learn more in our video tutorial on requesting materials from other libraries. It will be sent to the Brantford Public Library at no cost and you will be notified by email when it arrives
Finding articles about dramatists and plays
- A good place to start is the library catalogue. Choose the “articles” tab
- The following databases are also useful for your essay topics:
- To find scholarly articles, look for the “peer-reviewed” option in the databases. (What is a peer-reviewed article?)
- Do you already know the title of the article you want? Watch a video tutorial on how to find an article when you know the title
Too many search results?
- If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “English drama -- 20th century” instead of “English drama”)
- Try adding more concepts to your search. Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results (e.g. “experimental theater” AND “United States”)
Too few search results?
- Think in terms of broader categories (“English drama” rather than “English drama -- 20th century”)
- Add alternate terms for each concept (“dramatist” OR “dramatists” OR “playwright”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
- TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field
Using Google Scholar to find Laurier Library articles
To make the most effective use of Google Scholar:
- Use the advanced search option for more targeted searching.
- Look for the “Get It @ Laurier” link beside articles that the library owns
- If you find too many irrelevant resources, change the dropdown option from “anywhere in the article” to “in the title of the article”
- If the article is not free, click on the link to other versions of it (just below the description of the article). One of the versions may be freely available
- If the article is dated, click on the “cited by” link for more recent articles on the same topic
Need assistance with writing?
- For personal essay guidance, make an appointment with Laurier Brantford’s Centre for Student Success
Creating a bibliography
- Visit our help page on citing sources for links to APA, MLA, and other style guides
- See our short video tutorials on when to cite and how to cite
Need help with research?
- Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
- Email me at email@example.com
- Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
- Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
- Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)
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