An overarching guide for all things theatre at Kansas State

Library Research Guide

Welcome Theatre Students!

In the left column you'll find various page listings with different databases to help you in your research. Also, note the sword-wielding librarian as well - he's also armed with knowledge (and puns) and can help you find materials and give your research direction! 

Performing Arts Periodicals Database

Script Databases

Finding Plays in the Stacks

Finding plays in print form can be a little tricky - the big problem is that a script is literature, and all literature is grouped together (novels, short stories, poetry, essays, criticism, etc). That's fine if you want to find all of a single author's work together and you're looking for that author. It's a bit more problematic if you want to browse a number of scripts all together.

If you know the name of the playwright, enter that in Search It and that will take you to plays and collections by that playwright - for instance - Neil Simon:

Search results area showing several books containing plays by Neil Simon

If you don't know a playwright, however, it can be a bit trickier. One useful method is to seek out collections of plays by various authors. Here's a few examples to get you started: