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THTR 322: Costume Design: Step 1: Your Topic

Brainstorming Keywords

Start with a major focus area of inspiration that should influence all your decision making Ask each other questions about how this major focus could be interpreted in costumes, set, props, etc.

Background Research: Helps you understand what you are looking for.  Use places like Wikipedia and Google for this type of search, then use library resources for final references.

Google Web Search

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Primary Sources and secondary sources depend heavily on time and who created the document.

  Primary Sources Secondary Sources
Time: Created when the event occurs Created after the event occurs
Author/Creator: Eyewitness to historical event Not an eyewitness, may have heard testimony from an eyewitness




Oral Histories

Birth certificates


Experimental research articles


Articles from magazines or journals



Literature review or review article




Information Literacy Librarian

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