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THTR 2A: Critical Thinking & Writing II (Salazar-Thompson): Printed Books

A guide to researching productions of a play, and the relationships between theatre, spectacle, and society at large

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Printed Books



To find books written about a specific play, do a Subject search in OSCAR (the library's catalog) and type the name of the playwright (last name first).  For example, to find books about the plays of August Wilson, type "Wilson, August."

There are so many books written about the works of Shakespeare that special subject headings exist for books that discuss productions of his plays.  Do a Subject search and look at the results that come up under these headings:

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production

     Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film and video adaptations

     Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history.

If you are looking for books about a more general topic, do an Advanced search in OSCAR.  If the first terms you type do not give you the results you want, try typing in various ways of describing your topic.  Then, once you find some books that look like what you want, click on the Subject links that appear in the full records for those books, and you will probably find even more books on the same topic. 

While the library is closed because of the shelter-in-place order, its printed books are available for borrowing in the following ways:

In addition, you may be able to find a digitized copy of a printed book at the following website:

Humanities Librarian

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