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This guide is a starting point for research in the University Libraries. It provides a selective list of print and electronic resources available for all aspects of Theatre study-scholarly as well as performance, production and design.
A scholarly Journal consists of articles that have been reviewed (refereed) by the authors peers - an editorial board of specialists in the field of research who evaluate the content and methodology of the author(s)' work and results.
Editorial board information generally appears on the inside cover page or title page.
Equivalent or similar terms
Primary Journals (see table below for the distinction between primary, secondary and tertiary articles and sources)
General interest magazine
Concerned with academic study
These articles also contain bibliographies of cited and related works
Written by experts in the field
Includes author's credentials and institutional affiliation
Often abstract included
Often reports original research, reviews and evaluates material that has already been published, or expands and refines theory.
Published by a professional association, society, research association, or academic institution.
A collection of articles about diverse topics of popular interest and current events. These articles rarely, if ever, cite sources.
Usually no references
Appeals to the layperson
Published by a commercial publisher
Disseminates news on a daily or weekly basis
Content is usually determined by current events
Vast array of topics
Contributors are usually local staff, news-wire services and syndicated columnists.
Articles of original research in peer-reviewed (refereed) journals
Articles from non-refereed journals
Encyclopedias Fact books
Primary articles present original thinking, report on discoveries, or share new information with the reader. They are usually the most current information available in the library such as journal articles, dissertations (theses), patents or scientific reports.
To find primary sources in our Library, use the Journal Indexes. Journal Indexes will help you locate articles in scientific journals.
Secondary sources are less current when compared to primary sources and provide information about primary or original work.
To find secondary sources in our Library, use the Journal Indexes for reviews or articles that summarized the finding of others.