Literature (in English): Drama

This guide covers all genres of American and British Literature
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Finding Plays


  • using a title search for the title of the play, such as Raisin in the Sun
  • using an author search enter the playwright's name, last name first, to discover collections in which the desired play might be included, such as O'Neill, Eugene.


Two databases each contain thousands of plays in full text:

An online source for identifying plays in collections:

Handbooks and Guides

Finding Critical Articles

More about LION

Literature Online (LION) is a good place to start when biographical information is needed, or when looking for full text of plays.  LION also includes the complete contents of MLA International Bibliography and The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) from 1926 to present. In addition to the complete indexes, links are provided to the full text of hundreds of journals.

From the LION home screen's left column, select "Texts," "Authors" for biography, or "Criticism & Reference." 

If a citation doesn't provide a link to full text option, be sure to use the Findit@MU icon to search MARQCAT for journals, books, and chapters not included in LION.

Web Sites for Drama

The Libraries' Research Guide for Performing Arts may also be helpful. Selected Internet sites include: