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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.

Monologues & Dialogues in the Library

You may need to find monologues or dialogues for course assignments or auditions. The search tips and tools below can help you find them in the Library's print and online resources.

Searching the Library Catalog

You can search the library catalog using "monologues" or "dialogues" as a keyword or subject heading to see what results are available. If you want to specify gender, you can do a keyword search for monologues and women (or monologues and men). To find monologues from nonbinary or genderqueer characters, check out the Non-Binary Monologues Project linked in the Online Tools tab of Suggested Resources below.

Please note that not all gender-specific monologue collections specify a gender in their title, so be careful when using a gender term in your search because you may end up excluding relevant results. 

Searching by Subject Heading

Using the Advanced Search feature, you can browse by subject in our library catalog. This means conducting a search using a term from a pre-defined controlled vocabulary of headings used to classify materials in our catalog.

To search by subject heading:

  •  Click on "Advanced Search" to the right of the search bar
  • Underneath "Search Filters", you'll see that the default is set to "Any Field"
  • Click on the arrow next to "Any Field" and select "Subject" from the drop-down menu
  • Use "monologues" or "dialogues" to search by subject and add any additional keywords (like "women" if you want to specify a gender)

screenshot of subject heading search in the library catalog with "monologues" as a subject and "women" as a keyword in the next field

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