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Library Research Guides

Theatre and Drama

This guide provides suggested resources for theatre and drama research at the University of Michigan.

Play Indexes

The indexes below can assist you in finding play texts in collections. Plays in collections can sometimes be retrieved through the Library Catalog (if all the contents are listed in the catalog record) but in some cases they cannot be found through the catalog. Try one of these indexes if your search does not get results.

Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections: An Author and Title Index to Plays Appearing in Collections Published between 1900 and 1985. 7th ed. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1988.
Hatcher Graduate Reference Room: Z 5781 .O89 1988
Indexes full-length plays published in collections in England and the United States since the beginning of the 20th century.

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Finding Plays

Use the online Library Catalog to search for plays. You'll find a search bar for it in the upper-left corner of any library webpage.

Try a title search on the name of the play to begin with. However, if the play is published within a collection, this strategy may not work. If you get no results with a title search, try an "All Fields" search next. You may need to use the filters in the left column. 

Online Sources for Play Texts