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Try adding these as subject terms:

  • Performing Arts
  • Acting
  • Auditions
  • Theater (works of drama as acted on the stage)
  • Drama (works of drama as a literary form)
  • American drama
  • English drama
  • Musical theater
  • Musicals
  • Theater history
  • Drama in education
  • Drama study and teaching
  • Drama technique
  • Stage-setting and scenery
  • Costume design
  • Stage lighting
  • Playwriting
  • Theater England (or other country)
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Find periodicals by title or subject in the Library's

Journal Titles A-Z List

Examples of e-reference books

See books on fashion and costumes in reference and the stacks at


Finding plays, scenes, monologues

Where to find plays in the CU library:



American drama in English
(Lots of plays to browse. After 812, letter in call number is initial of author's last name)

Example: 812 P238t for Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks

822     English drama
822.33      Shakespeare


Books of monologues and scenes are located in both the stacks and the reference section of the library at


Or browse in the catalog under the subject


In addition, for reference:

The Ultimate Scene and Monologue Sourcebook
REF 808.8245016 H764u

The Monologue Index
REF 808.8245 Sm51m

Useful call numbers

790s–Recreational and performing arts

791      Public performances (including film, radio, TV)
792     Stage presentations
(lots here!)


808     Rhetoric & collections of literature
808.8245     Monologues
809.2     Drama as literature
812     American drama in English
(lots of plays to browse)
822     English drama
822.33     Shakespeare

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