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Guide to Research for Theatre Students

How to Find Plays & Monologues

Note: We have a new browsable Theatre Collection with a selection of plays located on the 3rd floor of the library on a rack to the left of the stairs. More plays may be identified using the following methods:

Monologues: The Library collects books containing monologues, dialogues, and scenes for acting practice and audition in the UWF Library Book Stacks on the 3rd floor. Depending on the monologue content, the books are not always grouped together. Instead, you will want to search the library catalog with the keyword monologues. The Ultimate Scene & Monologue Sourcebook, located in the Reference Collection on the 1st floor (PN2080 .H66 1994), may help find scenes based on the number and gender of the characters as well as other attributes.  When a scene is not enough or these guides are not helpful, you can also find scenes through a search for plays.

Plays: When you need to locate a whole play, or you are looking a scene from a specific play, there are several approaches that will work.  To browse plays, you may conduct a subject heading search for drama in the library catalog. Many plays can also be found by title or by the name of the playwright (i.e. author).  You may also find it useful to do a keyword search for a publisher who often publishes plays, e.g., Dramatists Play Service.

Performances on DVD: The Library also has some DVDs of performances of plays located in the Media Collection on the 2nd floor. You may search these by title. To browse a list, it generally works to search theater or theatre as a keyword and select the Format, "Video - DVD."

The online indexes and databases are also good sources for locating scenes and plays:

"Best Bet" Databases

In the event that OneSearch does not "do the trick" helping you find articles, these databases may offer you more advanced ways to find what you are looking for: