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Monlogues and Scenes

Most of the library's books of monologues have call numbers beginning with PN 2080. In the catalog there is no specific subject heading for scene books. If you are looking for a particular type of monologue, try a keyword search combining the word monologues and another descriptive keyword, such as: men, women, etc.

To find a published play, search by author or title in the Centre College Library Catalog.

Most published plays in English are found in the PR (for British, Irish, Canadian, Australian, and postcolonial writers) and PS (for American) Library of Congress call number ranges. Plays in other languages, and plays translated into English, will be shelved with other literatures in that language.

To find material by a person (playwright, director, actor), do an author search
To find material about the person, do a subject search

One of the best ways to find works of criticism on theatre topics is running a subject search.  Subjects are assigned to items in strings that follow certain rules.  For this topic, your string should start with:




If you search for "Drama" as a subject, it will return all related items. You can narrow these results by adding a time period:

          Drama -- 19th century

          Drama -- 20th century

You can narrow this further and specifically target works of criticism:

          Drama -- 19th century -- History and Criticism

If you're still getting too many results or have something very specific in mind, you can narrow even further:

          Drama -- 19th century -- History and Criticism -- Bibliography

          Drama -- 19th century -- History and Criticism -- Congresses

          Drama -- 19th century -- History and Criticism -- Periodicals

          Drama -- 19th century -- History and Criticism -- Indexes

If you search for "Theater" you can add the phrase "History and Criticism" without a region or time period:

           Theater -- History and Criticism

You can run a search under the "Subject" tab in the catalog and browse the results to find other strings that might be helpful to you specifically. 

If you find that you're having difficulty using the catalog or finding the kind of information you're looking for, please don't hesitate to ask for help!

Finding Plays/Books

If the text of a play you need is not at Centre, try using WorldCat, a union catalog of millions of records from libraries worldwide, to identify items not available in our library. Use Interlibrary Loan to then request the book from another library.