Research Guide: Stage Design

| Internet Resources | Citing Sources | Reference Books | CONSULS Catalog | Online Databases | Locating Periodicals | Interlibrary Loan | Questions? |

Internet Resources

Here is a list of Websites which may be useful in stage design:

Image Search Engines

Set Design & Props

Architectural Style

Interior Design & Decorative Arts

Historic Houses in Connecticut & New York

Citing Sources to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of cheating which may lower the grade you receive on your assignment. You must cite the source of any direct quotation and of any facts or ideas you obtained from another source. For more information about how to avoid plagiarism, please watch this brief video from Bainbridge College in YouTube: Plagiarism: How to Avoid It (

For tips on citation format, please see the MLA Formatting and Style courtesy of the OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab (

Reference Books for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number on the fourth and fifth floors of the Haas Library. They may not be checked out, but free scanners are available for student use on the first floor of the Library (please use a flash drive).

Oxford Art Online online version of The Dictionary of Art.Under Articles & Databases: A-Z on WCSU Libraries Homepage
The Dictionary of Art. 34 volumes. Same text as Grove Art Online.Ref N 31.D5 1996
A Bibliography of Theatre Technology: Acoustics and Sound, Lighting, Properties, and SceneryRef PN 2091.S8.H68 1982
A Dictionary of Architecture. Oxford University Press.Ref NA 31.C86 1999
Encyclopedia of Architecture, Design, Engineering & Construction. 5 volumes.Ref NA 31.E59 1988-1990
Encyclopedia of AntiquesRef NK 1125.E53 1976
Encyclopedia of Pottery & Porcelain, 1800-1960Ref NK 3920.C36 1986
Encyclopedia of Interior Design. 2 volumes.Ref NK 1165.E48 1997
Facts on File Encyclopedia of Art. 5 volumes.Ref N 31.F33 2005
The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes through American History. 4 volumes.Ref NA 7205.G745 2008
The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts. 2 volumes.Ref NK 28.G76 2006
Homes Through American History. 4 volumes.Ref NA 7205.G745 2008
International Dictionary of Theatre. Vol. 3: Actors, Directors and DesignersRef PN 2035.I49 1992 v.3
The National Trust Guide to Art Deco in AmericaRef NA 712.5.A7.G4 1996
The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art TermsRef N 33.L75 1984
Theatre Backstage from A to Z. Third edition.Ref PN 2091.M3.L68 1989
The Visual Dictionary of American Domestic ArchitectureRef NA 7205.C27 1994
The World Atlas of ArchitectureRef NA 200.W67 1984

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CONSULS Online Catalog for Books and Media

CONSULS catalog workstations are concentrated on the first floor of the Haas Library, but there are some workstations on each of the other floors. You may logon to CONSULS via the WCSU Libraries Homepage at or directly at

Please Note: CONSULS ignores upper and lower case, and you may omit punctuation, except the hyphen which must be replaced by a space.


Select Author at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important.

Example: aronson arnold (press RETURN or ENTER)
Or just: aronson arn (ENTER)

To limit search results to items owned by WCSU, click on Limit/Sort and then select WCSU under "WHERE Item is Located."


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the writer's name last-name-first. Correct spelling is important. To limit results to items owned by WCSU, use the Limit/Sort option.

Example: appia adolphe (press ENTER)
Or just: appia a (press ENTER)


Select Title at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type as much of the title as you remember in correct word order. In CONSULS, you may omit "a," "an," or "the" at the beginning of a title.

Example: Victorian and Edwardian Decor: From the Gothic Revival to Art Nouveau (press ENTER)
Example: victorian and edwardian decor (ENTER)

If your TITLE search does not retrieve an entry for a separately published edition of the work, select Words in the toolbar to re-execute the search as a keywords search, then scan the CONTENTS field of each entry for the title of the work you need.


Select Subject at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the Library of Congress subject heading which best describes your topic. Correct spelling and word order are important. The complete list of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is published in a set of big red books available in the Reference Area on the first floor of the Haas Library.

Example: Interior decoration--History--20th century (press ENTER)
Or just: interior decoration history (ENTER)

Related headings:

Architecture (subdivided geographically)
Architecture, Baroque
Architecture, Classical
Architecture, Colonial (subdivided geographically)
Architecture, Domestic (subdivided geographically)
Architecture, Georgian
Architecture, Gothic
Architecture, Medieval
Architecture, Modern (subdivided by century: 17th to 20th)
Architecture, Renaissance
Architecture, Victorian
Castles (subdivided geographically)
Gothic revival (Architecture)

Antiques in interior decoration (subdivided geographically)
Collectibles (subdivided geographically)
Color in interior decoration
Decoration and ornament (subdivided geographically)
Draperies in interior decoration
Floor coverings
Flower arrangement in interior decoration
Furniture (subdivided geographically)
Furniture--History (subdivided by period)
Furniture styles
House furnishings (subdivided geographically)
Lighting, Architectural and decorative
Rugs in interior decoration
Wall covering
Windows in interior decoration

Theaters--Stage-setting and scenery
Projected scenery
Scene painters
Set designers
Stage lighting
Stage machinery
Stage props


Select Keyword(s) at the CONSULS Main Menu, then type the words which best describe your topic, in any order.

Example: interior decor* and (victorian or 19th century or nineteenth century) press ENTER
Narrower: (lamp* or lighting or chandelier*) and (victorian or 19th century or nineteenth century) ENTER
Even narrower: street and (lamp* or light*) and (victorian or 19th century or nineteenth century) ENTER

Example: america* and colonial and (kitchen* or hearth) press ENTER
Narrower: america* and colonial and (kitchen* or cooking) and utensil*) ENTER

Use the * (asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.


If the item you need is owned by one of the other CSU Libraries (CCSU, SCSU, or ECSU) but not by WCSU, or if WCSU's copy is checked out, you may order the item electronically via Inter-Campus Loan by clicking on Request at the full record display in CONSULS. Then type your University network username and password. Be sure to specify a pickup location (Haas or Young Library) before initiating your request.

There is a limit of ten (10) Inter-Campus Loan requests per person. Videos are available via Inter-Campus Loan. Please allow 3-4 working days for delivery to the Haas Circulation Desk. Items borrowed via Inter-Campus Loan may be renewed for an additional borrowing period if no one has placed a HOLD on the item.

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Online Databases for Finding Periodical Articles

ARTSTOR Digital Library
Coverage: 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research.
Location: Under Article & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Keywords search retrieves documented images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative art, architecture, and more. Also browsable by geographic area, classification, and featured group.
Bridgeman Art Library
Coverage: 360,000 high-quality images from galleries, museums, and private collections worldwide.
Location: Under Article & Databases: A-Z on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Keyword searching retrieves images of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative art, and more.
Google Images
Coverage: Images embedded in Websites worldwide.
Location: Online at
Scope: All subjects, keywords searchable.
Academic Search Premier in EBSCOhost
Coverage: 1990 - present (earlier for many publications)
Location: Under Articles & Databases: Most Popular at the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Indexes approximately 8,000 newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals in most fields, including language and literature, with 4,000 available in full-text.
Coverage: Issue number one to within 2-5 years of present
Location: Under Articles & databases: Most Popular on the WCSU Libraries Homepage.
Scope: Full-text of over 500 core scholarly journals in more than 25 disciplines, including language and literature (complete backfiles). Includes some books.

Locating Periodicals in the Haas Library

To find out if WCSU subscribes to a specific periodical in print or online:

1. Select Journal Title at the CONSULS main menu, then type the name of the periodical (example: entertainment design) and press RETURN. If a title list appears on the screen, select the desired title, then look inside the box to find WCSU holdings. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see if WCSU owns backfiles on microfilm or microfiche.

2. To find out if a given periodical is available in full-text in one or more of WCSU's online databases, use the Journal Finder available under Articles & Databases on the WCSU Libraries Homepage (

How to Use Interlibrary Loan

If the CSU Libraries do not own the book you need, or if WCSU does not subscribe to the periodical you need, you may request delivery of the item via Interlibrary Loan using the online ILLiad system available at:

There is a limit of 5 Interlibrary Loan requests per person per day. Videos are not available via Interlibrary Loan. Under most circumstances, Interlibrary Loan is a free service, but please allow at least ten working days for delivery. You will be notified as soon as the material arrives. Faster document delivery service is available for a reasonable fee. Please call the Interlibrary Loan Desk at (203) 837-9114 for more information.

Do You Have a Question?

Reference service is available on request at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Haas Library, or you may contact Joan Reitz, Instruction Librarian, at 837-8308 or My office is located in Room 402 on the fourth floor of the Haas Library (near the glass elevator).

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Please send your comments to Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian, Western Connecticut State University
Last updated on October 6, 2015