Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

Acting                 PN 2055-2073
Drama                 PN 1600-1861
Monologues      PN 2080
Shakespeare     PN 1995.9.W6
Theater               PN 2200-3307

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.


The City College Library has purchased ebooks or digital versions of books.  When you are not on campus you will need to enter the barcode numberfrom your student ID.  The barcode number begins with 22417....  If someone else is viewing the book, you will temporarily be unable to view it.

Links to specific EBooks (you'll need you student barcode number, if you are off-campus (at home):


Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.  If you are off-campus (at home), you will need your barcode to access these databases.

Sample Periodical Titles from our Databases

Web Sites

The web can be a great resource for finding information related to theater, drama and acting.  However, it's very important to carefully evaluate Web sites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

Last updated 4/6/11