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Theatre: Subject Guide

Resources for your Theatre research in the Smith Library Center and on the Web.


theatreThis guide includes:

  • Reference sources in print and online
  • Online databases to search journal articles
  • Books about theatre
  • Where to find scripts, monologues, scores and play reviews
  • Websites, citation information, and more!

If you have questions about theatre research, contact Katherine Hooker, the library's theatre liaison.

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Play Index

Play Index searches over 30,000 plays written from antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present. Play Index includes plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title; author; subject (sisters, culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); genre (comedy, melodrama, musical); or cast type.

Note that many plays are published in multiple publications; doing keyword searches in the library's online catalog will check to see if the plays you find listed in Play Index are in our library's collection.

Library Info and Research Help

Smith Library has 24-hour student building access (with ID card) for most of the week during the normal fall and spring semesters.

Always check the library website for the most current operational hours.

From off-campussimply provide your SUeID & password to authenticate yourself and gain access to the library's databases. 

TIP: Make sure you're logging into the Southwestern login screen, NOT the database's login screen.

Never pay for articles! The library can get that information for you at no cost from another source. Ask a librarian about Get It!

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Need help writing or citing your paper?

  • Printed style manuals are located on the shelves of SLC in the Research Commons and in the Main Collection.