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  • All graduate students receive extended 100 day loan privileges on materials designated for regular loan at the Scott, Steacie, Law and Frost Libraries (excluding the Bronfman Business Library). Unless requested by another borrower, these materials may be renewed twice. Items borrowed on extended loan are subject to recall. Items with more than one hold are loaned for 7 days and are not renewable. Graduate students with extended loan privileges have a loan limit of 80 items.

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  • Printing is available from all computers. Your YU-card is your print/copy card and you can add value at each library (10 cents for black/white printing/copying, 25 cents for colour).

Reciprocal Borrowing at U of T (and elsewhere)

  • The University of Toronto Libraries does not offer free borrowing privileges or access to Robarts Library stacks to graduate students from other institutions. Borrowing privileges and access to Robarts Library stacks may be purchased by York faculty, staff and graduate students. The University of Toronto now charges a $270 user fee for borrowing privileges for faculty, staff and graduate students of other institutions. Access to Robarts stacks for York graduate students is $20 per year. This fee is being partially subsidized by York University.

Research Assistant Library Card

  • Arrangements may be made for Research Assistants to borrow library materials on behalf of a faculty member for the regular faculty loan period.


  • The libraries make special provision for assigned readings that are expected to be in heavy demand. When requested by an instructor, material is placed on course reserve, i.e., short-term loan. Reserve collections are located at Scott, Business, Frost, Law, Map, Sound and Moving Image and Steacie Libraries. To place an item on reserve complete a Reserve Request card at the appropriate desk or fill out the form available at:

Resource Sharing / Interlibrary Loan

  • Using an interface called RACER researchers can locate materials held by other institutions and request that such materials be transferred to York. Materials eligible for such loans include books, journals, journal articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings, microfilm and microfiche, and electronic media. Rare books and archival materials generally are not available this way. Delivery times for book or microform materials vary from two weeks to several weeks. Electronic document delivery arrangements make it possible to obtain journal articles within several days. There is no cost to the borrower for books and microforms. Graduate students receive an unlimited number of journal article copies free per year. For more information see:

Resources Centres on Campus

Research Help

There are several ways to get help:

  • Research/Reference desk: available in Scott, Steacie, Bronfman, Law and Frost (Glendon College) Libraries
  • Book an individual research consultation with a Liaison Librarian to discuss your research

Liaison Librarians (listed at:

  • Provide individual research consultations
  • Select and purchase books, periodicals and electronic resources
  • Provide library assignment assistance for TAs
  • Provide subject specific Information Literacy classes

Drop-in Workshops

  • The Libraries offer drop-in workshops tailored to graduate student needs. Graduate students can also subscribe to a workshop listserv for notifications. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to with the following message in the body of the e-mail: SUBSCRIBE LIBRARYWORKSHOPS Lastname Firstname.
    For a schedule of workshops see:

Scholarly Publishing

  • In support of scholarly publishing by York graduate students the Libraries host events including a speaker series and a website located at with a section dedicated to supporting graduate students in scholarly authorship and publishing.


Graduate Student Reading Room

  • Located in Room 409 Scott Library and requires door access code (refreshed weekly on the Libraries. graduate student web page). Access code is available online through Passport York account and at the Exit Desk, 1st floor, Scott Library (identification required). Includes tables, carrels and lounge seating. The room is fully covered by the AirYork wireless network and all tables have YorkNet connections and electrical outlets. There are also six computers and a printer.

For more information about services for graduate students: go to

Archives and Special Collections, Rm. 305 Scott Library


Introduction to Research

  • Navigating the Library website
  • Searching the Library catalogue
  • Locating materials in the Library

Searching Skills

  • Keyword searching using a Boolean search allows searching under a combination of terms using operators such as .and. or .or.
    • i.e. (theatre or theater) and (experimental or alternative)
  • Subject searching uses controlled vocabulary such as Library of Congress subject headings and database thesauri descriptors.
    • i.e. Dramatists, Canadian
      Theater - Canada

Structure of Information within Theatre

  • primary sources: personal records (diaries, journals, letters, manuscripts, speeches and papers), autobiographies and memoirs, published materials (books, including novels, plays and poetry), reports, magazine, newspaper and journal articles written at the time, visual materials (photographs, paintings, sketches, sculpture), video and audio recordings, artefacts (physical objects from the time)
  • secondary sources: analyze or interpret primary sources, such as an historical event or artistic work (include books, periodical articles, dictionaries and encyclopedias, audio and video documentaries)

Critical Evaluation of Information Sources

  • Evaluating print resources
  • Criteria: author.s qualifications, publisher, currency of information, scope and treatment, format, intended audience
  • Scholarly vs. popular periodicals
  • Criteria: authors and audience, format and graphics, language, publishers, purpose, sources, advertising
  • Evaluating internet resources
  • Criteria: currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, purpose (CRAAP Test)

Electronic Resources (Find articles by subject: Theatre)

  • Reference works:
  • Databases: Subject specific
  • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text: contains all of the content available in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance as well as full text for 100 titles, including Canadian Theatre Review, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Modern Drama, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Research in Dance Education, Research in Drama Education, Studies in Theatre and Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Theater, and many more. Additional full text available includes more than 50 books & monographs.

  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text: Indexes academic and popular performing arts (including dance, theatre and film) journals. Flexible searching enables limits by document type, e.g. reviews, essays, notation, or by broad subject categories. Includes many full-text articles. Coverage is from 1864 - present.
  • Humanities International Index: Covers over 1000 journals published from 1975 to the present, including many smaller journals and publications unavailable in other reference sources. Provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting of on-going journal content, including coverage of all original creative works, such as poetry and fiction.
  • British Humanities Index: Indexes over 320 humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as several newspapers published in the UK.
  • Twentieth Century North American Drama: Contains over 300 plays by over 50 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, productions companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
  • North American Women's Drama: Contains over 700 plays by over 150 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies and more.
  • North American Theatre Online: North American Theatre Online covers Canadian and American Theatre. It includes some 40,000 pages of major reference materials, together with records to more than 30,000 plays, over 57,000 people, 5,400 theatres, nearly 22,000 productions and 2,500 production companies. The database also includes some 10,500 images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources.
  • Theatre in Video: Contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world.s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video - more than 500 hours in all. This release contains over 180 titles, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors. For the first time, students, instructors and researchers can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging, and these landmark performances can become a permanent part of the curriculum.
  • Black Drama: Contains approximately 1200 plays by 201 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays.
  • English Drama: A unique collection of more than 3,900 plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde.
  • Databases: General & Multidisciplinary
  • Full-text: Find it @ York, E-books, full-text databases

Specialized Databases

  • Web of Science: Indexes 8,500 research journals across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. Includes most major titles in English, history, classical studies, religious studies, women's studies, and other areas. Search for articles by subject, author, journal, and author address as well as for articles that cite a known author or work (citation searching). Coverage is from 1975 - present.
  • ProQuest: A single search screen provides access to multiple databases for searching literature in a number of disciplines. Choose a subject area or select Specific Databases to conduct a search.
  • Worldcat: Provides access to major research and public library catalogues from 45 countries around the world. Containing more than 45 million bibliographic records, Worldcat is the largest catalogue of research material in existence. Includes records and holding information for books, periodicals, scores, videos, maps, selected manuscript and archival materials, recordings, and selected websites. Extremely useful for compiling comprehensive literature reviews.
  • Statistics & Library Data Services:
    For assistance on how to access data and support for using electronic data resources for teaching and research see
    Library Data Services

Bibliographies (Print)

  • Subheading "bibliography" in Library Catalogue

Nonprint Materials

  • Image databanks:
  • ARTstor: A rich digital library that offers coherent collections of art images and descriptive information as well as the software tools to enable active use of the collections. The ARTstor Library's content includes approximately 300,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology. Also includes includes 28,000 images from the Archivision Digital Research Library covering important works worldwide in the history of architecture, landscape architecture and public art.
  • Music, Films & Videos: go to the Libraries Homepage and do a Keyword search for your topic. On the Results page under Format select VHS, DVD, Audio Compact Disc, Film or Score.

Style/Writers. Manuals



  • Scholar: Indexes numerous archives of scholarly publishers and hosts for scholarly literature. In addition Google Scholar can be used to find similar items (on the same topic), fee-based document delivery services from the British Library, for citation searching and having Google (the regular version) run a search for the article.
  • Books: A resource for searching the full-text of books and viewing one or two pages of relevant text, even in recently published books. Many nineteenth-century books are also available for download as PDFs.

Conference Proceedings (Print)

  • Subheading "congresses" in Library Catalogue

Keeping Current with the Scholarly Literature

  • Current awareness alerts: Scholars Portal (Alert service allows researchers to receive emailed copies of articles on a particular topic as the articles are added to the database. To gain access to the service, users must first set up a personal account.)
  • RSS feeds: Web feed format used to publish and distribute frequently updated content such as headlines, update notices and sometimes content. Available from major news organizations like the New York Times, research databases (Web of Science) and blogs. For more information see: Make Information Come to You! The Power of RSS Feeds at


  • Open Access and Scholarly Publishing: The open access model in scholarly publishing is a cost-effective way to disseminate research. This model, made possible by new technologies, is an alternative to subscription-based publishing which allows peer-reviewed research to be made freely available on the public Internet for the purposes of education and research. Authors retain control over their work and have the right to post their scholarship on institutional or disciplinary servers, or transfer to publishers the right to make their work freely available on the web.

Web Sites

  • L. W. Conolly Theatre Archives



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