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Kathryn A. Martin Library

WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters Research Guide

Library resources for Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters, Summer 2018 with Lisa Horton.


This guide is an introduction to resources that will be useful to you as a student in WRIT 3110 - Advanced Writing: Arts and Letters. Each of the resources listed here is intended to be starting point for your research. To see all of the resources available to you, visit the A-Z databases list. If you have questions or need help, ask your librarian! 

Finding Background Information

These sources will help you find background information on your topic. 

Finding Books

In order to find books, you can search the library catalog. The catalog also contains ebooks, DVDs, videos, government documents, music recordings, scores, and teaching materials:

You may also want to browse these call number areas on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library:

  • D-DZ, E-EZ, F-FZ History
  • GT500-2730 Costume, dress and fashion
  • GV 1590-1600 Dance in general
  • GV 1601-1728 Dance history
  • GV 1729-1799 Folk dances, social dancing, theatrical dance (e.g. modern, ballet), "special" dances, and children's dance
  • GV 1781-1795 Theatrical dance (e.g. modern, ballet, jazz, etc.)
  • ML1711 Musical theater
  • MT955-956 Musical theater performance
  • NA2695-2793 Architectural drawing and design 
  • ND2885 Scene painting
  • PN1600-2000 Drama as literature, including plays, drama by period, the literary history of theater, criticism, and the techniques of play-writing
  • PN2000-4400 Acting, stagecraft, theater production, management, auditioning, monologues, theater posters, and history
  • PN6110.5-6120 Collections of plays
  • TK 4399 Stage lighting 
  • TK 7800 Sound for theatre
  • TR Photography
  • TS Crafts and manufacture (including working with wood, textiles, leather, stone, metal, fur, etc.)
  • TT Handicrafts and fashion (including textiles, woodworking and wood finishing, leatherwork, painting, furniture making, clothing manufacture and sewing, hairdressing, makeup, etc.)

Films are held at the front desk. You can browse theatre and dance videos and films here:

If the library doesn't hold a book or film you're looking for, you can search WorldCat here:

 Use WorldCat to find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record.