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This guide will point you to Theatre resources in the University of Melbourne Library

Graduate Research

The UoM flagship sites for library research services:

Offering services and resources supporting the 6 stages of the research lifecycle:

  • Ideas & opportunities
  • Getting the grant
  • Managing information
  • Publishing & sharing
  • Measuring the impact
  • Preserving & archiving

Where and how do you start?

First your research question/s! There are books that can help:

Already inspired? Then the Library has guides and seminars that may be helpful as you embark on your thesis:

You'll need a research data management plan from the outset.

Your research data will accumulate quickly -  administrative & working files, background reading, documentation of the research process and your research outputs.


  • ethics clearance
  • interview transcripts
  • graphics, audio & video files
  • research literature

Issues to consider will include intellectual property considerations, storage, maintaining records & metadata, and legal & any funding mandates for long-term preservation and access

The Library collections offer a number of texts on research in  theatre.

Practice-led research, practice based research, research-led practice, artistic research are all phrases that also might be helpful. 

For research in the arts in general, browse the Dewey number 700.72 in the Library catalogue.

University of Melbourne students and staff can access SAGE Research Methods online (also known as SRMO). Search by keywords or use the  visual interface in the SRMO Methods Map. Its main focus is research in the social sciences.

Subject headings in the Library catalogue include:

How can you uniquely identify a researcher and their output?
A researcher profile identifies an individual researcher and their research publications. Helpful for both authors and their readers. Mandated or strongly recommended by some funding bodies.

See the Subject Research Guide on:

How can you assess the relative quality of a publication, journal or researcher?
Research impact is a measure of citedness or at least readership or reach of an item or author. It is often interpreted as a measure of research quality, depending on the discipline.

See the Subject Research Guide on:

Have you published?
Use the above guides to set up your own researcher profiles and impact analysis