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Plays and Monologues can be published in different ways:

1. As a separate book or playscript.

Search SouthernSearch by Title (of Play) or try Keyword (for example: "playscript," "monologues," or "acting and auditions") or by Author

2. In a collection or anthology (as in a collection of one authors work, as a collection of plays written by various authors, as a collection of American or British plays, plays by women, etc.)

3. In a database, journal or magazine, on the Internet

4. Buley library subscribes to some databases that contain the full-text of plays.

5. Some (older) plays can be found on the Internet, or you can use an index or website to find the source containing the play and then locate that source through your local library or through interlibrary loan. Internet resources such as the Gutenberg Project, the Internet Archive, and the Hathi Trust Digital Library will also have plays in full text.

Library Resources for Plays include:

Digital Theatre+

National Theatre Collection

Play Index (1800-1992)

Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections Published since 1900 (2011)

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance (limited playscripts)

Oxford Dictionary of Plays  information on 1,000  plays in world theatre. Each entry includes details of the title, author, date of writing, date of first performance, genre, setting, and composition of cast; there is also a summary of the play's plot, and a brief commentary.

LION Literature Online

Drury's Guide to Best Plays (paper)

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Selected Collections of Plays:

American Political Plays after 911

Banned Plays

Seven Black Plays: the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting, Chuck Smith

Kilroy's List Volume One: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans Playwrights

The best 10-minute plays, 2012 (Hilton C. Buley Library   Main Circulating Stacks / Call Number:   PN6110.7 .B476 2012 )