Plays are published separately, as well
as in collections (books). A play may be searched by its author
(playwright) or by its title. Depending on the tool you use, plays may
also be searched by subject or by casting needs.
There are several search strategies to use in locating plays. If you
are interested in using the World Wide Web to identify a collection
containing a specific play, consider beginning with a high quality site
selected by the APSU Librarians. You can access such a web site by
searching Austin. Type in ‘drama internet resources’ as
a SUBJECT search. When you identify a drama (play) web site in Felix, you
can go directly to the site by clicking on the address link found in the
Austin record. Once you are at the site, search for your play. Then, look
up the collection in Austin to see if the APSU Library has the book.
Consider searching your play in
Austin via ANYWHERE KEYWORD. For example, if you want to find which books
contain the play
"Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, search the play's title in the
Anywhere Keyword search box.
Another way to identify a book containing a specific play found in the
APSU Library is to search Austin
by AUTHOR. For example, if
you want to find the text of Hamlet by William Shakespeare, search
‘Shakespeare, William’ as an author. Then, scan the retrieved list of
titles for books which appear to include plays. Once you find one book and
its call number, you can browse the shelves in that location to see if the
Library has other books by that playwright.
Yet another strategy for identifying collections which contain your
play is to use Play Index located at Ref Stacks, Level 2 Ref PN
1655. W47 P63. The ‘Directions for Use’ section found in the front of
each volume provides detailed information about using Play Index,
which includes a combined author, title, subject index and a casting needs
index. Information about
the collection (book) in which the play appears is found under the play’s
author entry. Check Austin to see if the APSU Library has the book.
For additional help or information, ask at the APSU Library Information
Desk, or use Ask A Librarian above.