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Theatre and Performance Studies: Books & eBooks

Selected resources for drama and theatre studies

Books vs eBooks

What is the difference between using a book or using ebooks for my assignment? 

Answer: None! One is online, and the other is in your hand, but they're both great academic sources. Print books have Call Numbers to organise them on the shelf. You can the call number in the Details tab when using Search. Staff at the Information Point can help with any questions.

Just like Print books, ebooks are academic sources, and great to use for your assignments and study. What you find on the shelves and what you find on the View It tab in Search are both books, you just read them in a different way. 

Monash University Library has over one million ebooks, so you're likely to see a lot of them when you use Search.

Monash Library online ebooks and databases can be accessed from anywhere using your Monash login, but you will find Theater and Performance Studies print books at the Matheson Library, & Caulfield Library

Call numbers

The Monash libraries use the Dewey decimal classification scheme to organise books and journals. The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to search the library catalogue, however the following may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

Theatre & performance - general

782.14 Musical plays
791.53 Puppetry
792 Theater / Theatre
792.0233 Directors
792.028 Actors and Acting
792.03 Theatre dictionaries and guides
792.09 Theatre history


808.82 Drama - literature
809.2 Drama - history and criticism
812 American drama
822   English drama
822.1 - 822.2  Medieval
822.3 Renaissance
822.33  William Shakespeare
822.4 17th Century
822.5 18th Century early
822.6 18th Century late
822.8 19th Century
A820.082 Australian drama
832 German drama
842 French drama
852 Italian drama
862 Spanish drama
872 Latin dramatic poetry & drama
882 Classical Greek dramatic
poetry & drama

Asian literature

895   Asian literature
895.1 Chinese literature
895.6 Japanese literature
895.7 Korean literature
899.2109 Philippine literature

Research Methods

Recent Books Online