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Graduate Playwriting Research at Hollins (2023)

This page provides guidance to students in Hollins University's graduate playwriting program: how to find materials in the library, and how to do research using sources both in and beyond the library. Welcome!


This guide was designed to help you find materials on playwriting, theatre and related performance topics in Wyndham Robertson Library. Whether you need print books, e-books, online articles or streaming video - we can help!

Off-Campus Resources

For students who are not living on or near campus, check out our page of Services for Off Campus Students


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Orientation Materials Summer

OneSearch : Access Library Materials Video

Search Tips

Basic subject terms (use in online catalog, Worldcat, etc.)

Theatre = not used as a subject term!!!

Theater = drama as acted on the stage.

Drama = drama as a literary form.

Examples of subjects:

American drama - 20th century - History and criticism

Theater - United States - History - 20th century


Search for People:

Last name, first name

Brecht, Bertold

Note that author search means works by a person, and subject search means works about a person. Or try keyword search, which will also find the name in chapter titles, notes, etc.


No results? Search more broadly: 

  • substitute Europe for France
  • substitute theater for acting

and then add:

  • Country
  • Time period (18th century, 19th century, etc.)

Or try changing your search terms. Use:

  • related terms (design - production)
  • synonyms (female - women)


Use the *

Use the *  (asterisk) to truncate your search terms, to search several terms at once.
Example:  theat* = "theatre"+ "theater"+ "theaters" + "theatrical", etc.