Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Plays & Playwrights: Home

Resources for researching plays and playwrights.


Welcome to the subject guide for plays and playwrights! This guide is designed to introduce you to the major primary and secondary sources the JMU Libraries have for researching plays. Use the tabs above to find specific types of sources. Don't hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Find Reference Sources: Research guides, dictionaries & thesauri, encyclopedias & handbooks, and biographies specific to the study of plays.
  • Find Critical Articles: Major databases and indexes for finding criticism and scholarly journal articles.
  • Find Primary Sources: Resources for locating playscripts.
  • Find Reviews: Resources and tips for locating current and historic performance reviews.
  • More English Resources: Additional resources specific to other periods of English and American Literature, world literatures in English, genres, and the English language and linguistics.

Browsing Areas

The following sections are good for browsing for books on plays, which are shelved on the 3rd floor of Carrier Library.

PN 1600-3307 - Drama

PN 6110.5-6120 - Collections of Drama

PR 621-744 - English Drama

PR 1241-1273 - Collections of English Drama

PS 330-353 - American Drama

PS 623-635 - Collections of American Drama

Theatre and Dance Liaison

Profile Photo
Brian Flota
MSC 1704
Carrier Library, Room 128