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Theatre Arts: Plays and Monologues

Locating Plays

InfoHawk+ (limit your search to Library Catalogs)

Use the InfoHawk+ search tool to locate books containing your play or books about your play

Basic Search

Search by title…  Three Sisters
Search by Author… Chekhov, Anton
Search by keyword... Chekhov and Three Sisters

Books about your author and your play may discuss contemporary reviews of the play.

If you are not able to locate your play with a title search, it may mean that your play appears as part of an anthology.  Try doing an Advanced Search, using Title Words and the author.

Advanced Search Sample

Words in Author...  Chekhov
Words in Title...  Three Sisters
Words in Subject... Chekhov Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904.Tri sestry

Plays are often included in anthologies or collections with other works. This information may be listed in the content notes. In this case, a keyword search of the title of a play might be a efficient and productive way to find a particular item.


If you can't find your play in InfoHawk+, try Worldcat.  It's a much bigger database, with over 62,000,000 records from over 2,000 libraries around the world

  • Use Worldcat to identify titles that are not available at The University of Iowa Libraries
  • If we don't have the book, you can requests the book through Interlibrary loan--it's free.