Theatre & Dance

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Reference Resources

Scripts & Theatre


How to find play scripts at the library

If you want to look at the library's physical collections, here are a few tips:

The Library of Congress Classification System groups plays by country/language, time period, and author name. There are also special sections within these that are specifically for collections of plays. Use this link to help narrow your possibilities.

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Searching for play scripts in the Library Catalog or Electronic Databases

Searching for a specific playwright or specific play?

  • Library Catalog search by author
  • Library Catalog: search by author and part of play name

No specific play/playwright in mind?

  • Library Catalog search by subject. Try Drama or Monologues


If you're looking for shorter plays, try searching the catalog for one-act, ten minute, or short plays. Also, the Humana Festival publishes the complete plays from each year and there are some short plays mixed in, but they are not grouped together.

    Citing Your Sources

The styles mainly used for Theatre & Dance are:

However, you should follow the instructions given by your professor, editor, or journal first. See the Citation Resources page for more detailed information on citation styles.

    How to Find Theatre & Dance Books

Browse the library shelves with these call numbers:

GT 500-2370
Costume. Dress. Fashion
GV 1580-1799.4
NX 798-820
Arts centers and facilities
PN 1560-1590
The performing arts. Show business
PN 1600-3307
PN 2061-2071
Art of acting
PN 2085-2091
The stage and accessories
PN 4305 M6
PN 6110.5-6120
Drama collections
One-act plays
PN 6112
Best Plays by Year & Play/Drama Anthologies

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Nancy Bunker
116 Cowles Library