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An Example of a Research Process
This is an example of the process by which I decided to research Run Little Chillun. As you'll notice, it wasn't a direct point A to point B journey. At the very bottom of the page is a concept map that more accurately reflects the process.
Concept maps or mind maps are a useful way to visualize your thinking. You can account for things you know and things you want to know; and represent in a graphical way connections between ideas.
- Background reading on the topic: Consulted some of the subject encyclopedias and then did a broad internet search, coming upon the Library of Congress' article on Spirituals.
- The article mentioned spirituals being sung in other countries like Russia and China.
- Consulted article databases and searched for articles on spirituals and Japan, found an article on Elmer Keeton that mentioned musical theatre and spirituals. Since my background is theatre, I was immediately interested in that topic.
- One of the musicals listed was Hall Johnson's Run Little Chillun.
- Searched Primo for a copy of the musical and found an e-copy of the play in the collection, Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance.
- Library of Congress article on African American Spirituals
- Music Periodicals Database
- Miller, Leta E. "ELMER KEETON AND HIS BAY AREA NEGRO CHORUS: CREATING AN ARTISTIC IDENTITY IN DEPRESSION-ERA SAN FRANCISCO." Black Music Research Journal 30, no. 2 (Fall, 2010): 303-336.
- Hamalian, Leo, and Hatch, James V., eds. Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1996. Accessed October 4, 2019. ProQuest Ebook Central.