Theatre students most common need that brings them to the library is to find scripts for acting scenes - some of the most basic classes require this and all of the acting and directing classes do. In this search students are looking for full plays but more importantly scenes in those plays that will serve their purposes best.
Browsing for plays in the stacks is typically very unsatisfactory as plays are intermingled with novels, poetry, and other literature. To this end, there are three databases key to a search for scenes: Twentieth Century North American Drama, Black Drama, and North American Women’s Drama. Though these cover the same areas their form and function are virtually the same. All are full text and all have a very useful feature to search for scenes according to a student’s need. Students can search at the scene level by number of characters, genre, subject, and a number of other fields. From the scene level students can then jump to the full text of plays and view an author’s other works.