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Acting 5 Theatre 570: Scene Work in Pre-Modern Texts: Library Catalog

Finding what an actor might need to prepare to perform

Using Search@UW to find materials at UWM and beyond

Search@UW that you see on the main library website searches ... *all* of UW. To find music materials that UWM owns, start at the UWM Music Collection website. This widget will get you started, but look below for more information.

This might be useful for you if you're looking for the 'book' to a musical to find a monologue, since most of the libretti/books are housed in the Music Collection, not in the Ps with the plays.

Use Search@UW to find resources in the Music Collection.

To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters.

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


and you will see this


To limit to just what UWM owns use the dropdown

Finding a Specific Book or Video


  • Title Search:

Raisin in the Sun

Angels in America


  • Keyword: - use 'Expert Search' to look for a phrase in contents listings

"rasin in the sun"

"long days journey into night"

  • Author Search: 

Kushner Tony

Hansberry, Lorraine


Searching Using Subject Headings

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.

(note: subject searching is currently by keyword only. the next upgrade to search@uw will make the browsing listed below available. that is expected sometime after May 20th, 2015)

  • Sample Subject Headings

Books about a person:

hansberry lorraine

Books about a class of people:

dramatists --american


Books about a subject:


Theatrical make-up

Theatrical producers


To limit further, you can use the Advanced Search

And then select your parameters

You can set your search type

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

You can limit in other ways too... For example, if your results are bringing back a lot of materials in languages that you don't read, you can limit the search to only English, or to English and whatever language you can read.


And also by the format that you're looking for - Need a Score? or a Recording? That can be done too


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.


Click on Guest and it will prompt you to sign in



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

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


And now I am logged in



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.


For More help with Search@UW, the Libraries have created a guide with videos as well. You can find that here

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.


Reference Universe is a giant index to reference materials available at UWM. Try it out to see what hidden reference gems you might uncover!

Reference Universe

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Music, Theatre, & Dance Librarian

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