Drama (Plays, Screen Plays, and Scripts)      [Text-only version for printing]     [back to graphical version]
The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

Bartleby.com : Great Books Online     http://www.bartleby.com/
Click on the "fiction" tab and search by author, title of play, or the keyword plays.  Plays listed are free of copyright and available free online.

Electronic Text Archives and Plays Online     http://www.vl-theatre.com/list4.shtml
An extensive list of links to plays, screenplays, and scripts that are available online (free).  This list is maintained by the reputable and hard-working staff at the WWW Virtual Library.

EServer Drama Collection     http://drama.eserver.org/plays/
Complete texts of historical plays.  Complete texts of some Greek and Roman plays (Sophocles, Aristophanes, and Aeschylus).  Also a selection of historical plays from other periods up to the 19th century.

Guttenberg Project    
Contains plays that re fee of copyright and available free online.  Search by author, tile of play, or the keyword(s) play(s).

Historical database of Folk Play Scripts     http://www.folkplay.info/Texts.htm
The "Traditional Drama Research Group" has compiled a vast collection of plays from England's past.  Good source for historical plays, featuring holiday events, Renaissance festivals, mummers and Robin Hood.

Justin's Theatre Links     http://www.theatrelinks.com/
"A large collection of links to all aspects of theater, including history, practitioners, genres and styles, playwrights, scripts, companies, stagecraft, costumes, education and curriculum resources, and much more Searchable.  Maintain by the head of the drama department of Avila College, Melbourne, Australia."

Pro Play : Professional Stage Plays on the Web     http://www.singlelane.com/proplay/
Whole and partial scripts of plays available free on the Internet.  Available in .pdf format.  Both well-known and new playwrights. 

SimplyScripts - Movie Scripts and Screenplays     http://www.simplyscripts.com/
This site provides links to scripts including recent films.  Scripts include movie and screenplay scripts as well as television scripts.  A blog features updates to the site and new script links.  Links are provided to other script services.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)  
Rio Hondo College databases.

Shakespeare on Disc
Complete plays of William Shakespeare available from Library computers.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

The Oxford dictionary of plays
Call number: Ref PN1625.P38 2005

Drama criticism
Call number: Ref PN1601.D59

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

American drama--Mexican American authors

American drama--20th century

English drama--20th century




Motion picture plays

One act plays

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http://library.riohondo.edu/online_databases/index.htm.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 1 sample search below are from the
ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  SU(theater) AND SU(reviews)

Researched and evaluated by:
A. Enright, Librarian 10/2006
last update: C. Oldham, Librarian 3/2010

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