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PCA 225: Introduction to Theatrical Costuming: Search tips!

This guide is designed for students of PCA 225-TH 01

Helpful search hints!

Don't forget --

  • Use KEYWORD searching initially to ID relevant records, for example: shakespeare costumes or shakespeare midsummer dream or costumes history.


  • Use QUOTE MARKS around words that you wished to be grouped and searched in a particular order, for example:  "globe theatre" or "midsummer night's dream."


  • You can focus your topic (or search) by adding terms that limit by: 

genre or form,
time period,
geographical location, or   
key concepts or names associated with your topic.

  • Use Library of Congress (LC) SUBJECT or DESCRIPTOR headings to find additional resources on the same or similar topics.
  • Use TRUNCATION (i.e., shortening a word to its root or base form using a designated symbol, such as ?, * !, $) for words that might:

*Have more than one significant form, e.g., theat? = finds theater theatre, theaters, theatres, theatrics, theatrical.

*Have alternative spellings (type as much as you KNOW is correct!)., e.g. Stanislavki or Stanislavsky; theater or theatre

N.B., the truncation symbol in the Butler Classic Catalog is "?"  For MOST other databases, use the asterisk "*" .  If that doesnt work, consult the "help" screen of the database!


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