The Library holds many different kinds of books pertaining to drama and theatre. You might find:
Different kinds of books might be relevant to you at different times, so think about what you need. Don't hesitate to ask for help!
When you are searching for books, you will usually use one of two options:
Subject headings are words that are used to describe what the books are about. There are two important things to remember about subject headings:
Finding the right subject heading can make searching much easier. Here are some headings that are relevant to drama and theatre:
Searching in the ways I've recommended above will bring up an alphabetical list of subject headings. As you can see, each heading is broken down into smaller subjects, so the alphabetical list can be quite useful.
Notice that the subject headings use Theater, not Theatre, and that Theaters is a separate heading (it refers specifically to the buildings).
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias are excellent places to begin your research. There are some related to specific dance styles as well as dance in general.
Example Subject Heading: Ballet -- Dictionaries.
If you are searching for biographies or information about a specific person, try a subject search for that person's last name.
Example Subject Heading: Shepard, Sam.
If you are interested in theatre in a specific country or area, ad that country's name to the heading "Theater."
Example Subject Headings: Theater -- Japan -- History
Theater -- New York (State) -- New York -- Dictionaries
There are also subject headings referring to the theatre of specific groups. These are harder to guess, so you may want to use the "Subject Keyword" search.
Example Subject Headings: African American theater
Women in the theater
Books on similar subjects are grouped together in the library. Call numbers are used to locate books on the shelf and identify them by subject. Here are some call numbers that may be of interest:
Books in the TTs focus on handicrafts (furniture building, sewing, etc) and are often of interest for technical theater.
If you are looking for monologues, you may also wish to check our Course Reserves page.