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THEATRE: Subject Guide

Search tips and resource suggestions for research in theater.

In This Section

theater masks in black and whiteIn this section, you'll find:


Great for going deeper

Books, like articles, will report on specific research done by scholars in the field. When you know your topic or research question, check out a few books for information that will add to your ideas or answer your questions. Films and documentaries can be a great way to supplement your other research, or to find visual representations of your topic - which is especially important for theater research.

Browsing Subjects & Call Numbers

If you are interested in browsing for topics in theatre (either on the shelf or in the catalog), or would like to browse for inspiration, try looking at Dewey Decimal Call Numbers:

  • 782: Opera and musical scores
  • 792: Works about theater productions (history, design, stage guides, critiques, reviews, etc.)
  • 812: Play scripts/text - American drama
  • 822: Play scripts/text - English drama
    • 822.33: Shakespeare

Locations of books

  • New books are located downstairs by the A/V materials.
  • Reference books are located downstairs to the left of the circulation desk. 
  • Book stacks are located upstairs. 

Search the Catalog

Find books, eBooks, and A/V materials in the University of Jamestown's Library. 

Finding DVDs & Media


If you would like to see if Raugust Library has a specific dramatic title in its video collection, use Advanced Search in the library catalog.

Make sure you have the radio button for Library Catalog selected, and change the Material Type dropdown menu to Video/Film. In the first search box enter the the name of the play or playwright. 

screenshot of the catalog's advanced search

Streaming Media

eBook Collections @ UJ

In addition to searching through the catalog, you can browse the eBook collections at UJ.

Featured Books in Theatre

Google Books

Google Book Search

Search to see if books are available (out of copyright or with publisher permission) online.