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Theatre & Media Design: Finding Plays & Screenplays

Finding Plays

Search the library catalog for the title of the play.
Search in Play Index which indexes 40,000 plays published from 1949 to the present and includes tools to aid in finding them in a collection or anthology as well. Search by title, genre, author, subject, cast type and more.

Searching for Screenplays

Screenplays are catalogued in PN 1997, then individually by title.  If you are searching in the online catalog, search by keyword. 

The screenplay could also be part of an anthology of screenplays. Anthologies have the subject heading motion picture plays. Selected examples of screenplay anthologies: (check the "PN 1997 .A1" area in the stacks)

Best Film Plays PN 1997 .A1G32 1977 vol.1

Twenty Best Film Plays PN 1997 .A1 G32 1977 vol.2

Film Scripts (One-Four) PN 1997 .A1 G25 1989

Four-Star Scripts PN 1997.A1 N6 1978

Motion Picture Continuities PN 1997 .A1 P3 1977

The Project Muse PN 1997.A1 P76

 You can also use an index to find screenplays in anthologies. Following are selected indexes located in theHumanities Reference area:

McCarty. Published Screenplays: A Checklist. HumRef PN 1997 .X1 M3 1971

Poteet. Published Radio,Television, and Film Scripts: A Bibliography. 1975. HumRef PN 1991.77.A1 X67

Wheaton and Jewell. PrimaryCinema Sources: An Index to Screenplays, Interviews, and Special Collections at the University of Southern California. 1975. HumRef PN 1997 .A1 X93

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