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Theatre Research

Finding Plays

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It is not easy to search for plays as a genre. This "prefer to browse" tab shows some call number ranges for browsing the shelves, like where the monologue section is and general play collections. Otherwise, plays are under the individual author, and authors are grouped by nationality. PR = British authors, PS=American, PQ = a range of nationalities.

There are various strategies, though not all very efficient. 

Search for items that have "play" or "plays" in the title, but this will also often be collections of plays, and not all plays will have play in the title. Click to try it. This play, for example
Search for the genre heading of "--Drama"  , though you will also find books about drama Try it in our classic catalog This play, for example
Search for a publisher Dramatists Play Service, for example

List of publishers

Catalog search for publishers listed above


Thank you to Literature Librarian, Melissa Hofmann, for the examples and description.

If you would like to browse the collection, use the following Library of Congress Call Number Ranges relevant to different aspects of theatre research:

Musical theater MT955-956  3rd floor, Stack 81
 Literature-General-The monologue PN1530  3rd floor, Stack 87
  Drama PN1600-3307 3rd floor, Stack 87-89
History - Literature  PN1720-1861  3rd floor, Stack 87
Motion Pictures PN1993-1999  3rd floor, Stack 87
Plays, scenarios, etc PN1997-1997.85  3rd floor, Stacks 87-88
 Monologues PN 2080  3rd floor, Stack 88
The stage and accessories PN2085-2091 3rd floor, Stack 88
By period PN2131-2193  3rd floor, Stack 88
 Ancient PN2131-2145    3rd floor, Stack 88
Medieval PN2152-2160  3rd floor, Stack 88
Renaissance PN2171-2179 3rd floor, Stack 88
Modern PN2181-2193 3rd floor, Stack 88
Special regions or countries PN2219.3-3030   3rd floor, Stack 88
The Jewish theater PN3035  3rd floor, Stack 88
Drama (Collections of General Literature) PN6110.5-6120  3rd floor, Stack 90
English Literature--Drama PR621-744 3rd floor, Stack 92
American Literature--Drama PS330-353 3rd floor, Stack 97
Textile industries TS1300-1865   3rd floor, Stack 108
Interior decoration NK1700-2195 3rd floor, Stack 129
Furniture NK 2200-2750 3rd floor, Stacks 129-130
English Language—Dialects. Provincialisms, etc. PE1700-3602  3rd floor, Stack 84
English Language—Slang. Argot, etc. PE3701-3729  3rd floor, Stack 84
Business of acting PN2055   3rd floor, Stack 84
Art of acting PN2061-2071 3rd floor, Stack 84

The Moore Library Stacks are numbered.
View this Google spreadsheet to find the stack number for your subject area or call number. (sorted by call number)
View this Google spreadsheet to see the contents of each stack (sorted by stack number)


See the Moore Library Floor Plans

Finding a play that is published separately is easy--if the library owns it, a title or author search will lead you to it. Likewise, you should be able to locate plays published in collections or anthologies in the library catalog. 

Library One Search cross-searches most of the library's resources, including books, scores, audio recordings, videos, journal articles, electronic resources, and more.


On your results page, limit to Rider University Libraries Catalog to find only books, chapters, in books, cd's, and dvd's. You can do this before your search on the advanced search page. 

Or after on the results page, see left-hand side.