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Theatre Arts Subject Guide: Books & more

Start your theatre research here!

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Primo Search Tips

Below are some ways of searching the catalog for information about theatre:

  • Do a subject search to find works about the author's work and life.
  • To find critical works about an author, use the phrase "criticism and interpretation"
  • To find production histories, use the phrase "stage history" or "dramatic production"
  • Search both spellings - theatre OR theater; or try theat*
  • To find primary sources, use the following keywords: diaries, correspondence, interviews, biography.

Call Numbers to Browse

If you're interested in a broad topic in theatre, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:

  • PN2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theater
  • PN2061-2071 Art of acting
  • PN2085-2091 The stage and accessories
  • PN2131-2193 By period
    • PN2131-2145 Ancient
      PN2152-2160 Medieval
      PN2171-2179 Renaissance
      PN2181-2193 Modern
      PN2219.3-3030 Special regions or countries
  • TT 507 Costume Design
  • GT500-2370 Costume. Dress. Fashion
  • MT 955 Musical Theatre

Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

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