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This guide will assist you in finding information about your play and playwright, critical interpretations of the play, and reviews of productions and adaptations.  This guide will provide you with links to helpful sites, including PITTCat+, online databases, and online tutorials to help you successfully complete your research.

The Research Process in a Nutshell

  • Find background information on your play and playwright in reference sources, such as encyclopedias.
  • Select appropriate keywords for searching PITTCat+ and the article databases.  You might need to select different keywords depending on what part of your paper you are researching.
  • Search PITTCat+ and subject-oriented databases.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully.  (See below!)
  • Determine how you will answer your question with the resources you have found.  Do you need to find more?
  • Don't forget that you can always ask a librarian for help!

Evaluating sources!

You are required to use reliable resources, including books, articles, and reviews.  How do you know if a resource is reliable?  Here are a few questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if a resource is reliable:


  • Who is the author?
  • What degrees or experience does the author have?
  • Is the author an expert in that field?
  • Is the author affiliated with a particular institution?


  • Is the article or journal scholarly/peer-reviewed?
    (Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles are written by experts in that field and then reviewed by other experts in that same field for validity, accuracy, and overall quality prior to being published.)
  • Does the author cite his/her sources?
  • If yes, are they credible sources?


  • When was the resource published?
  • Is currency important to your topic?


  • Did the author publish this resource with a particular agenda in mind?
  • Based on the author's word choice and tone, does the author have any particular bias?

Your Librarian

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Renee Kiner
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Millstein Library, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

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