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Drama and Theater Research Guide

A guide to doing research in Drama and Theater at The Catholic University of America

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Kevin Gunn
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This guide is intended as a starting point for your research in Drama and Theater.  Choose from the tabs to the left to begin. Please contact me if you need further assistance.  My contact information is to the left.

The reference material for Drama and Theater can be found in the Reference Room on the 1st floor of Mullen Library (non-circulating). Circulating material can be found in the Mullen Library stacks. Print journals can be found in Room 1 Center in Mullen Library Stacks Periodicals.  The full text of many journals are available online.

Floor map of Mullen Library; Map of Mullen Stacks.

In general, most of the material can be found in the following call number range:

PN 1530 - Monologue
PN 1551-1590 - Dialogue
PN 1600-1988 - Drama history in general; composition of plays
PN 1990-3307 - Dramatic presentation; acting, stagecraft, cinema, etc.
PN 6110.5-6120 - General collections of plays

If you are looking for a particular playwright, the language of the texts of the writer will determine where his/her work is located. For example, Shakespeare falls under PR for English Literature.

For a detailed breakdown of each call number range, go to the Library of Congress classification outline.

Your best bet: check the SearchBox for monographs and journals that could be applicable to your topic.

Printable Handouts

Like to print things out to reference? You will find many of the resources and suggestions included in this LibGuide in these handouts.