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Starting Points

Plays can be published separately, in collections, or in periodicals. A good starting point for finding a play is to search Primo

Searching by Keyword

If you have a play in mind, search the name of the author or the title of the play. Examples:

You can search by publisher,  ex.  "dramatists play service"

Or, search by series:

You can also search by genre:

Limit your results by using the date filter, ex.  "2000-."

Searching by Subject

The following subject terms are useful when looking for plays and collections of plays. This is not an exhaustive list! A Collins Librarian can help find additional relevant subject terms.

Browsing by Call Number

Plays in the Collins Library collection are organized by call number. They can be found throughout the P section on the 3rd and 4th floors. Plays are grouped in with fiction, poetry, and other creative literature, organized according to the national language in which the play was written.

For example, plays by William Shakespeare would be found under British literature (PR), while plays by Suzan-Lori Parks would be under American literature (PS). Plays by Molière (even if translated into English) would be under French literature (PQ). 

Here's a basic breakdown:

PA: Classical Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures
PK: South Asian (Indo-Iranian) Languages and Literatures
PL: Languages and Literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, and Oceania
PQ: French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Literature
PR: Literature of Britain and former British colonies
PS: American Literature
PT: German, Dutch, Flemish, Afrikaans, and Scandinavian / Nordic Literature