You can find books in discoverE, the library catalog, using basic keyword searches. Depending on the topic you are searching, you may get more focused results using standardized Library of Congress (LC) subject headings. I recommend trying both approaches and seeing what works best for you.
Here is a sample list of subject headings related to the plays and authors assigned in this class. It is not exhaustive, but it gives you some idea of how LC subject headings are typically structured.
Scholarly journal articles are good sources for:
Journal articles are also typically written for fellow specialists. If you need a more basic - or comprehensive - overview of a topic, try looking for books first.
These three databases are good starting points for drama and theater. For more efficient search results, you can:
All scholarly databases have their strengths and weaknesses. Always search in more than one place!
Handbooks and companions offer comprehensive overviews of a field of study, typically in more depth - and with more scholarly rigor - than encyclopedias.