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This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research in theatre

Plays Online

Some of these databases have lists of plays with where they're published, but many include the full text of plays.

To find plays as ebooks in CLIO, try a search for online books. You can always limit by language, publication date, and put in a search term (e.g., "monologues") to help narrow your search

In the stacks

In the Stacks

Plays are shelved with literature, which means they're normally broken down into the nationality of the author. A selected list of Library of Congress literature subject headings:

  • PA Classical literature, Greek & Roman
  • PG Slavic literature
  • PJ Semitic literature
  • PK Indo-Iranian
  • PL Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • PN General
  • PQ French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • PR English
  • PS American
  • PT German & related

Search Tip: When browsing or searching titles, remember that plays are often collected in anthologies. Try searching the work’s title as a keyword. You may also wish to consult a reference source such as Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections, or look through other drama indexes in CLIO.