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Feminism and Performance: Start Here

Theatre course, Juhl

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Credo is an academic alternative to Wikipedia. It includes a topic pages with mind maps (example: Performance) and topic pages (examples: Drag Performance and Gender). Also find specialized entries from several encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources (examples: Gender identity and role from The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality).

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

Subject Guide

Books & eBooks at Smith Library Center

Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to your topic in general, or a specific style/aspect/culture, to start your search in the library's WorldCat catalogWhen you find a good item, try the subject links to lead to more resources on the topic.

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:

Women in mass media | Feminism and theater| Actresses | Women in the theater | Identity (psychology) | Gender identity  | Women in motion pictures | Communication sex differences | Feminism United States | Popular Culture United States

Magazines

For browsing:

SLC has Ms., Health, People, Essence, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and others. These cannot be checked out, but you can browse in the periodicals room and you can scan to pdf using the KIC Book Scanner in the same space.

For print copies of Cosmopolitan and many others, try the Georgetown Public Library, located very close by!

Recommended Internet Resources

While many classes would frown upon using web cites as sources, in this case they may be helpful in inspiring your performance. Still use critical thinking skills though to evaluate the reliability of the site or its biases. Check out this critical thinking guide. Be sure to still use MLA style to cite your internet source.

Checklist for evaluating information on the Web

Questions to ask about the site's author

  • Can you identify the author of the site (either an individual or an organization)?
  • Is the author an expert on this topic?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to provide scholarly information?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to sell a product or service?
  • Is the author's point of view unbiased?
  • Where does the site come form? Look at the URL - is it .edu for an educational site, .gov for government, .com for commercial, etc?

Questions to ask about the site's content

  • Are there any obvious errors or misinformation?
  • Does the information appear to be accurate?
  • Can the information be verified through another source?
  • Is the information current? (Is there a date for the last update on the page?)
  • Is the information scholarly in nature? Is documentation provided?
  • Are the links useful?
  • Are the links active?

Questions to ask about how the site is organized

  • Is there a table of contents?
  • Is the site easy to navigate?
  • Do the graphics enhance or interfere with the usefulness of the site?