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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016     Views: 23

You can search for plays using our library catalog. If a play has been published as a single volume, script or book (e.g., August: Osage County):

  • Type the title of the play in the search box, and select Title from the dropdown menu.
  • If a play has a very common title (e.g., Art by Yasmina Reza), use the Advanced Search tab of the library catalog. Type the name of the play in the first search box and the author's name in the second search box. This technique will also find plays that have been included in anthologies or collections, by searching by Any Words for the name of the play.

To search for a play on a particular topic: Play scripts may or may not not include the word "play" in their title or subject descriptions. Many plays (but not all!) do include the word "drama" in their subject descriptions.

  • Use the Advanced Search tab in the library catalog. Type a keyword that describe your topic or subject on the first line, like "families" or "sisters" or "Asian American". Type "drama" in the second search box. Your results will NOT be comprehensive, but should give you a place to start.
  • You can also use Play Index to help you find plays by topic, location or cast members. Play Index includes references to plays published between 1949 and 2002. Once you find a title, you can check the library catalog to see if we own the play.

DePaul also subscribes to databases that provide access to the complete texts of older plays. Try American Drama 1714-1915 or English Drama. Theatre in Video provides online streaming video of 250 performances, including the BBC's Shakespeare productions.If you cannot find the play you are looking for, feel free to contact us by phone, email, or IM via our Ask A Librarian service, or just stop by the reference desk at any campus; we'll be glad to help you locate what you need.