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Graduate Playwriting Research at Hollins (2022)

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!

Articles in OneSearch and Google Scholar

OneSearch: Books, Articles & More

This search combines the Hollins + Roanoke College collections.

Need some help? We have videos about how to use OneSearch.

Find more full text! LibKey automatically creates links to full text article PDFs from the library's subscriptions.

LibKey Nomad information & download instructions.

More Databases : All Subjects

More Databases: Scholarly

More Databases: News

Articles & Reviews 1980s - today

Articles & Reviews 1690s - 1980s

Search Tip: Combining Key Words

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

Play Indexes

Use these collections to search for pre-2000 plays by subject, or search for hard-to-find items that may have been published in a magazine, collection or anthology:

Play Index
Reference Z5781.P53

Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections
Reference PN1655 .O88 2011

Theater Index to Plays in Periodicals
(through 1987)
Reference Z5781.K43

To search for contemporary plays in collections, use Worldcat

Indexes to Historical Articles

LOCATION: the first floor of the library, on the first shelves across from the reference desk.


  • Biography Index
  • Essay & General Literature Index
  • New York Times Index*
  • Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature

*for reviews from 1920-1980, use the New York Times Theatre Reviews ( PN1581 .N4 )




·         Useful for finding older articles that may not yet be searchable online.

·         Search by play name, playwright, theater company or other subject.

·          Does the library have that journal?  Check the title in OneSearch