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How to Locate Plays


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.


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