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Plays: Locating Plays: Indexes to Plays

This guide lists resources for locating the full-text of plays published individually, in periodicals, as part of collections and anthologies, or online. Resources for monologues, play digests and synopses, and production histories are also listed.

Indexes to Plays in Anthologies, Collections or Periodicals

The following are indexes to collections, anthologies and periodicals. If you find that the play you are looking for does appear in a collection, anthology or periodical, you must then look up the title of that source in the UB Libraries Catalog to see whether any of the UB libraries own it, e.g., after using one of the indexes below to discover that Cheryl Royce's play My Son Susie appears in the anthology Women Playwrights: the Best Plays of 1993 , type in the title, women playwrights the best plays of 1993 , in theUB Libraries Catalog and choose the title search option (click the button adjacent to "Title"). 

Inter-Play
Online index to plays in collections, anthologies and periodicals from the late 19th century on. A good site to check for recent plays because it is updated quarterly. Includes foreign-language sources and is searchable by author, title or combined author/title.Note : The citation provided gives bibliographic information and a call number--this is not a UB Libraries call number; it is a call number at Portland State University Library where the database was developed. Note that this is not a large database at present; therefore, it is best to check the print indexes listed below if you do not find the play you are looking for here.


Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections: An Author and Title Index to Plays Appearing in Collections Published between 1900 and 1985. 
LOCKWOOD Reference Z 5781 .O8 1988. Arranged alphabetically by author and then by title. Each entry includes title, date, variant titles, and an abbreviation which refers to the collections index in the back of the book which in turn provides full bibliographic information.


Drama Scholar's Index to Plays and Filmscripts 
LOCKWOOD Reference Z 5781 .S17. 3 vols. Indexes plays in anthologies, periodicals and publishers' series through 1977. Includes anthologies published in the 18th and 19th centuries as well as foreign periodicals. Covers a wide range of material including radio, television and film scripts. Arranged alphabetically by author, cross-referenced by title.


Index to Plays in Periodicals 
LOCKWOOD Reference PN 1721 .K38 1979/1990. 2 vols. Indexes over 200 periodicals through 1987. Arranged by author.


Afro-American Poetry and Drama, 1760-1975: A Guide to Information Sources 
LOCKWOOD Reference PS153 .N59 A373 1979


Index to Twentieth-Century Spanish Plays: In Collections, Anthologies, and Periodicals 
LOCKWOOD Reference PQ6115 .H17 2000


Latin American Play Index 
LOCKWOOD Book Collection Z1609.D7 H63 1983

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