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Theater Research Guide

Image Databases & Websites

For help with Artstor, visit the ARTstor YouTube channel for tutorials, or use their subject guides with keyword suggestions, search tips, & collection content.

Finding Images and Articles in JSTOR

Theatre Materials from the VRC

Visual Resources Collection of the College of Arts & Architecture is digitizing programs & performances from the Department of Theatre. The link below is to a PDF of the items that have been digitized. The best way to see if we have what you need using this list is to download it & use Ctrl + F to do a search. This list will be updated monthly.

If you would like to access content on the list, contact the Visual Resources Lecturer, Jenna at

Copyright & Fair Use

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Ask the following questions: 

  1. How are you using the image? Bibliography, Note, Caption

  2. What citation style are you using? MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian

  3. What is the source of the image you are using?

    • Museum/Gallery/Urban setting like architecture

    • Image database

    • Publications like books & article


  • Use public domain material when possible

  • Get license to use image if needed

  • Look for Web creator's statement of permissible use & for suggested credit line

Check out these resources for information on copyright

Fair use considerations

  • Nonprofit or profit use

  • Creative or factual work

  • Image changed to new work

  • Impact on economic value of work

Reading an Image

Visual literacy is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, & create images & visual media.

If you are visually literate, you can:

  1. Determine the nature & extent of the visual materials needed

  2. Find & access needed images & visual media effectively & efficiently

  3. Interpret & analyze the meanings of images/visual media

  4. Evaluate images & their sources

  5. Use images/visual media effectively

  6. Design & create meaningful images/visual media

  7. Understand many of the ethical, legal, social, & economic issues surrounding the creation & use of images/visual media, & access & use visual materials ethically

Frankenstein presented by the National Theatre

Image shows the two versions of the same production featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and The Creature in Frankenstein.

Consider source material, costumes, make-up, set design, lighting, body language, etc.