Black Drama, Second Edition contains the full
text of 1,379 plays written from the mid-1800s to the
present by more than 222 playwrights from North
America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of
print. Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both
keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by
reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich
performance database, and images.
Ways to use the
Use these to see what's contained in the database. This is the best
way to check whether an author or a source is included. To use this
tool, simply click on the appropriate table of contents button on
the navigation bar.
-- The "FIND" tools let you search for specific authors and sources
that the database contains and combine criteria to narrow down what
you're looking for. The difference between the "FIND" tools and the
"SEARCH" tools (explained next) is in the results they give. The
"FIND" tools do not return documents, but rather lists of authors
and sources in the database.
-- The "SEARCH" tools let you analyze words and documents that occur
within the text of stories that meet your search criteria. The
"SEARCH" tools return stories or bibliographic citations or both.
Operators in Full-Text Searching:
line ( | ) is the OR operator (e.g., avarice|greed or holy
as the AND operator in sentence and paragraph Proximity Searching
(e.g., church state retrieve all cases where church and state appear
in the same specified context; this is not the case in phrase
expressions can be combined for more sophisticated searches; for
finds any of the three adjectives together with the nouns man or
fellow in the singular or plural.
Characters in Full-Text Searching:
single character (e.g., gentlem.n will retrieve gentleman and
string of characters, anchoring the match at the beginning of a word
(e.g., cigar* will match cigar, cigars, cigarette, etc.).
string of characters, anchoring the match at the end of a word (e.g.,
*habit will retrieve habit, cohabit, and inhabit), or in the middle
(e.g., c.*eers matches compeers, cheers, and careers).
characters entered or the characters entered plus one more character in
place of the question mark (e.g., hono.?r matches both honor and honour
and cat.? matches cat and cats, but not cathedral, Catherine, etc.).
single character found in the specified range (e.g., [c-f]at will match
cat, dat, eat, and fat) or any letters within the brackets (e.g.,
civili[zs]e will match both civilize and civilise).
# (hash mark):
capitalized words only (e.g., #bacon will retrieve Bacon, but not
bacon). Otherwise word searches are case insensitive. Please note that
this operator does not work properly in conjunction with the vertical
bar (e.g., searching #hamlet|#bacon will not retrieve accurate results).
accented and non-accented forms (e.g., to search naïveté regardless of
accents type naIvetE).
You may access Black Drama from anywhere
with a valid APSU ID.