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Theatre 471: Fundamentals of acting in classical texts.: Using Search@UW: Finding Books, Videos, & Journals, etc

Finding resources for researching and preparing to perform classic texts


Using Search@UW

Searching the Catalog can be a bit daunting. If you use the search box on the front of the Libraries' website, called Search@UW, you will get results from ALL of the UW campuses. In order to limit to what we have physically, you want to go the search page itself.

So first Click on the 'go' button

Click the GO button

and you will see this

Basic Search

To limit to just what UWM owns use the dropdown

limit dropdown box

To limit further, you can use the Advanced Search

Click for Advanced Search

And then select your parameters

Advanced Search Options

You can set your search type

and tell the system how you want it to search and don't forget about the other options


Finding a Specific Book or Video

Title Search

Enter the Playmakers

Oxford Companion to American Theatre

Who's who in contemporary world theatre

American song

New York Times Theater Reviews

Great Directors at Work

The Story of Costume Drama

 Players of Shakespeare





Author Search

Williams, Tennessee - Use the options in the lefthand column to drill down to what you actually want.


Subject Headings are assigned to each item in the library to help describe what it is like in its entirety. So books (or recordings or scores) will often have only one or two subject headings, but these headings are linked together and once you find one item that is exactly what you want, you can click the Subject Heading and the catalog will bring you back a list of more items with the same topic.


  • Sample Subject Headings


Books about a person: Ibsen, Henrik or Chekhov, Anton

Books about a class of people: Dramatists - American

Books about a type of playwrite: Dramatists French -- 18th Century -- Biography

Books about a specific play: Three Sisters (not all plays have a whole subject heading just for them, but well-known ones often do)

Books about a subject: Costume History


To sign in to your account so that you can renew materials or make requests from other UW libraries, look in the upper right corner for the 'Sign in' or 'My Account' links.



You'll see this and login with your ePantherID/PW

and you'll see the, by now, familiar screen


To see what you have checked out, any fines you have, requests you've made from other campuses, etc. Click on My Account

and you'll see this



What kind of call numbers are these ?

UWM Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. The framework of the LC classification system for literature, which includes plays and books about acting and the theatre, can be found here

Note especially the PE, PN, PR, & PS classifications

Location, Location, Location ! ! !

Make sure that you look carefully at the catalog and identify where in the Libraries the item is located. An item might be in the general stacks, the reference collection, folio, compact storage, or even microforms. You don't want to go looking in the wrong place for an item.


My Account is your personal record in the Libraries' system --

Renew your materials, see if you owe fines, check to see if a recalled item is available.

Music, Theatre, & Dance Librarian

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Anna Grau Schmidt
Golda Meir Library, User Services
(414) 251-7510