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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finding Playscripts, Monologues, and Dialogues

A guide to locating playscripts, monologues, and dialogues using MPAL's collection of print and online resources.

Playscripts in the Library

Playscripts can be found in their own dedicated section in the computer area on the first floor of the Library and are arranged alphabetically by playwright's last name and then title of play. Additional playscripts can be found in anthologies (shelved in other sections of MPAL) and in other libraries on campus, including the Literatures & Languages Library and the Main Stacks. Be sure to search the Library catalog to ensure you are checking the appropriate location for the playwright you are looking for! 

To browse digital playscript collections and read plays online, check out our next page on Online Playscript Collections!

Identifying Plays

We've compiled a list of print and online play indexes that will help you identify plays based on specific criteria and locate playscripts. Use the tabs below to explore our recommended tools and resources. 

If you are looking for plays by or about a specific group, try a search in the library catalog for the identity and "plays", "play anthologies", or "drama" (i.e., Black play anthologies or Asian American plays). Browse the tab below on "print anthologies by identity or group" to get a sense of the materials available!

Print Resources and Online Tools