Theatre Research Guide: Websites
How Do I Evaluate Websites?
Ask yourself the following questions when evaluating websites:
- Is the author an authority or expert?
- Is the author selling ideas or products?
- Is evidence to support information?
- Is the information current?
- Is the site mostly opinion?
- Is the site biased or what is the bias?
- Is this a commercial site designed to encourage sales?
Theatre Website: A few examples
A few Theatre Websites
- Anonymous websites. Don't use an anonymous site for research purposes. Be aware that the goal may be to sell ticket. (Truly a noble goal but it is not research.)
- ATHE: Association of Theatre in Higher Education is a positive example. Notice the ABOUT US link that leads to the organization's mission and the names of the involved individuals.
- List of Theatre Journals from the ATHE: Association for Theatre in Higher Education
- Performing Arts Encyclopedia. free encyclopedia, part of Library of Congress's American Memory Project, and will search materials within the project. Note: You might find this site useful for research.
- LA 411.com The Industries One-Stop Production Resource. Commercial directory designed for professionals currently in the field.
- IBDB: Internet Broadway Database: This site offers basic background and directory information.
Wikipedia is not recommended for research by many university faculty.
1. Much of the information in Wikipedia is not college-level information.
2. Biographical Information in Wikipedia can be written by publicists, fans, and/or proud family members.
3. Wikipedia is constantly updated, which allows for a rewrite of history as author's or society's attitudes change.