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THEA 300: Find Articles

When and Where Can I Access Databases?

Databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use them on or off campus. If you are using them from off campus you will be prompted to put in your SU username and password (the same one you use for Gull Net, MyClasses, or an SU computer).

Searching Library Databases

Remember that we cannot search a library database the same way we would search something like Google. We need to spend a little more effort up front, developing good keywords (like in the developing keywords worksheet on the Evaluating tab) in order to get better results from the search. Some general tips in searching:

  • Don't use a full sentence, try just the most important words.
  • When using AND, every time you add a keyword it will reduce the number of results because everything it brings back has to have ALL of those words instead of just some. 
  • Start broadly with one or two keywords before adding in others. That way if you don't have satisfactory results, you know which word threw things off. 
  • " " help with exact phrases not just the words in another order so you will get "The Taming of the Shrew" instead of taming and domesticating shrews, moles, and mustelids.
  • Consider the filters in the database after you are satisfied with your keywords.

Getting Full Text

Some databases will have the full text of the entire article available within the database, others will only have a citation for the article. When there is only a citation available, you will see a yellow find it button. This button will give you options for getting a full text version of the article. If we have access to it in another database it will be linked there.

If it says "Not Available Online" then look for "Check Availability in SU Catalog"; if you see that then we may have a hardcopy version on the shelf in the library.

If you don't have either of those options then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)! There are loads of ways to get a copy of an article you are interested in.

Suggested Websites

These websites might prove helpful in getting images or inspiration, particularly if you are working on the costume or set assignments for your final project. Just take note of the source requirements in your assignment from your professor.


A-Z Database List

A few databases have been pulled out below as promising places to start, but you can access any of our databases by checking out the A-Z Database list. You can search by subject or title of the database

Suggested Databases

Searching for Images

Newspaper Articles