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A guide to visual research for John Teacher's Introduction to Theater Design course

Visual Research

Visual research is a process of information discovery where the desired outcome is image- or graphically-based instead of text- or language- based.

The purpose of this guide is to help you with finding visual resources for theater design. You may want to design sets, costumes and backdrops to evoke a certain time, place, theme or mood. Visual resources, such as photos, films, artwork, etc. are useful for inspiration and authenticity. Here you will find some resources and techniques for locating images.

Two other useful guides are Art & Architecture Databases and Theatre Arts Databases, which collect all the databases in their respective areas.

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Search as you normally do, click on the link to full-text, log in with your Pitt email login and password, and you're good to go for your entire searching session! Access will work best if you stay in the same browser.

Using PITTCat+ to find images

You can find images through a PITTCat+ search. If you do a basic search for a keyword or phrase - “Chicago,” for example - you can click on the Advanced Search link on the results page to limit the results to a specific date range, and you can check the Expand your results box to look beyond the Pitt collection. Using the Content Type section of the Refine your results column (as shown above), you can limit results to art, images, photos, posters, or other visual forms.

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Related LibGuides

Pitt librarians have created several other LibGuides that may help you with your research on theater topics.  Here are links to some of them: