Yes, you can still search for books!

Falvey has many digital texts that you can search for and use online even though you can't access our physical collections. 

Library Search Engine - Basics tutorial (short video) ​​​​
Library Search Engine - Advanced Techniques tutorial (short video) ​​​​

Instructions for finding ebooks:

Visual Guide to searching for ebooks

  • Use this link to search ebooks
    • It will take you to our entire catalog of ebooks so there are a few things you need to do to get you to resources specific to your topic.
  • First right under the books and media search bar you will see a check box for "Retain current filters" check that before doing any searches, it will ensure that the filter for "Collection: Online" is retained when you do a search. 
  • After you have asked it to retain your filters you can put your search terms into the search bar and search just as you normally would.
  • In addition to the filter for online collections, you can scroll down the right hand column to the "Subject" filters and apply additional subject filters to the search terms you are trying.
  • Remember that academic databases need you to be more specific in your search terms than google. If one search doesn't work try another, think of synonyms. 
  • A really good place to get ideas for key word searches is Wikipedia, you may discover terminology you were unaware of, or connections you didn't know about. Use those ideas to develop search terms to use on the library website and our databases.

 

 Falvey Catalog & WorldCat

 Books, Plays, Dissertations, etc.

Below is a list of databases containing play texts

  Black Drama, 2nd Edition (Alexander Street Press)
Contains the full text of works by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries together with detailed information about productions, theaters, production companies, and other ephemera related to the plays. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print. Includes a large number of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others. Coverage goes back to the middle of the 19th century.

  Dissertations and Theses @ Villanova University (ProQuest)
Provides citations, abstracts, and full text, when available, of Villanova University dissertations and theses submitted to and published by ProQuest. Coverage goes back to 1969.

  Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest)
Provides citations, abstracts, and full text, when available, of dissertations and theses from 1743 to the present.

  Drama Online
Provides access to the full text of plays from across the history of the theatre, ranging from Aeschylus to the present day. Includes non-English-language works in translation, scholarly and critical editions, supporting practical, critical, and contextual works on acting and performance, theatre craft, technical theatre, critical interpretations, theatre history surveys, and major reference works on authors, movements, practitioners, periods, and genres. Additional media includes L.A. Theatre Works audio plays, productions stills, streaming video of Hollow Crown, Shakespeare's Globe on Screen, and BBC Drama Films & Documentaries.

  Eighteenth Century Drama (Adam Matthew Digital)
Contains over 2,500 plays submitted for license between 1737 and 1824. Correspondence between key theatrical figures, biographical information, advertisements, portraits and companion texts provide context for the plays and emphasize the role of theatre in society not only as entertainment, but as an opportunity for social commentary.

  Google Books
Search the full text of digitized books contributed by libraries and publishers. View either brief exerpts, bibliographic information or if not protected by copyright the full text.

  Play Index (EBSCO)
Indexes plays written from antiquity to the present that have been published individually or reprinted in collections and anthologies since 1949. Covers plays written in or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title, author, subject, style, genre, or cast type.