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FYS: Performing the Unknown (2021)

A guide for students in Ami Trowell's seminar, created by Librarian Maryke Barber.

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Need some help? We have videos about how to use OneSearch.

What to Look For


  • Biographical information
    Search by name. If you get too many results, try adding the word biography, or limiting to reference sources only.
  • Interviews
    Example of key word search:  Alan Alda Interview


How To Search

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

Smart Searching Tips

Create a list of key words, and try different key words in your searches:

Who, what, where, when....topics, names and places are all good key words, so are titles, events or historical periods, genres/styles/other categories, expert terms.
Add to your list by looking for:

  • Subject terms in OneSearch and other databases.
  • related terms (actress - performer)
  • synonyms (woman - female)

No results? Search more broadly: 

Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term prints (broad), instead of just linocuts (narrow).

Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:

Try combining  search words, using "and" in between: brainstorming and groups

Search Tools

Combine your terms using "AND":

Viola Spolin and exercises

Use the *  (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.

improv* = improvisation, improviser, improvisational, etc.

Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:

"jazz music"