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Plays, Short Stories, and Poetry

See also Humanities Digital Information Service for more links to digital texts.


  • Asian American Drama
  • Black Drama (1850+) full-text plays
  • English Verse Drama "aims to encompass the complete published corpus of verse dramas of writers listed in NCBEL [New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature] who were active before 1900."
  • Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections 1900-1985. 7 ed. (Green Library Information Center Z5781.O8)
  • Play Index, 1949+ (Green Library Information Center Z5781.P83) indexes plays in collections; English lang. & translations only.
  • LitFinder includes Essay/Speech/Play Finder
  • Drama Scholars' Index to Plays and Filmscripts, a guide to plays and filmscripts in selected anthologies, series, and periodicals. 1974-86. (Green Library Information Center Z5781.S17) includes foreign language, & 18th-19th century plays.
  • Plays in Periodicals: index to English language scripts in twentieth century journals, 1970 (Green Library Information Center Z5781.P3)
  • Index to Plays in Periodicals (Green Library Information Center Z5781.K43 1979 & Suppl. 1990)
  • International Dictionary of Theater: Plays. 1992. PN2000.I474. Lists editions, translations into English, and criticism.
  • Nineteenth-Century American Drama: A Finding Guide. 1977. (Green Library Information Center PS632.H57)

Other approaches (also applies to poetry and short stories):

1) Use the author bibliography section in such standard handbooks as:

  • New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 1974- 77. (Green Library Information Center Z2011.N45)
  • Critical Bibliography of French Literature (Green Library Information Center Z2171.C3 & Z2171 .C74 1985)
  • Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon (Green Library HASRC Lane Room Z2231 .K663)
  • Literary History of the United States: Bibliography, 1974. (Green Library Information Center PS88.L522)

2) Check Socrates, searching under individual authors.

Short Stories

  • Early American Fiction "a collection of 440 full texts of the first editions of American novels and short stories written before 1850."
  • Short Story Index, 1953+ (Green Library Information Center Z5917.S5C6)
  • LitFinder includes Short Story Finder
  • Index to Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize Stories (Green Library Stacks Z1231.F4.W52 1988).


Poetry Anthologies:

  • Oxford Book of American Light Verse (Green Library Information Center PS586.O95)
  • New Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1950. (Green Library Information Center PR1175.G32)
  • New Oxford Book of English Light Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR1175.N37
  • Oxford Book of Irish Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR8851.O8
  • Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR1225.L3)
  • Oxford Book of Nineteenth Century English Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR1221.O79)
  • New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century English Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR1215.N48 1984)
  • Oxford Book of Satirical Verse. (Green Library Information Center PR1195.S3.O9 1980)

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