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Finding Books

The UBC Library catalogue is a good place to start looking for books on your topic. To enhance and improve your search results, use truncation (?) in your keyword searches and try searching the subject headings assigned to books on your topic. Before you begin searching, consider your topic and write down the key concepts. What are the keywords that describe your subject? Think of related words, synonyms, and different spellings.

Browsing Subjects and Call Numbers

Browse the results list of your keyword search and look at the full records to see the subject headings assigned for relevant titles. Note that the results are sorted by relevance. You can change the results to sort by date, author, or title. Click on the subject headings to find more books on your topic.  

For example, for the topic contemporary theatre in Canada some of the subjects headings include: 

  • Theater--Canada--20th century.
  • Theater--Canada--History--20th century.
  • Canadian drama--20th century--History and criticism.
  • Canadian drama--21st century--History and criticism.
  • Actors--Canada--History--20th century.
  • Theater and society--Canada.
  • Theater--Prairie Provinces--History--20th century.
  • Feminist theater--Canada

After you find a relevant book on your topic, you can also browse the catalogue by the Library of Congress call numbers to find more titles.

New Books on Theatre

Bigotry on Broadway: an anthology cover
In on the joke : the original queens of stand-up comedy cover
Deep are the roots: trailblazers who changed black British theatre cover
Black patience: performance, civil rights, and the unfinished project of emancipation cover
Text and context : the operative word: a handbook for script work and directing in the theatre cover
Staging and stage décor: early modern Spanish theater cover
uevos espacios, nuevos formatos, nuevas dramaturgias: en el teatro hispánico actual cover
Un théâtre pour la nation: l'histoire en scène (1765-1806)
Theater* in queerem Alltag und Aktivismus der 1970er und 1980er Jahre
Russian futurist theatre cover
Sinophone adaptations of Shakespeare: an anthology, 1987-2007
Charles Macklin and the theatres of London cover
Shadows of the Enlightenment: tragic drama during Europe's age of reason cover
Theatre and autocracy in the ancient world cover
The Politics of Gender in Early American Theater: Revolutionary Dramatists and Theatrical Practices cover
Black Theater, City Life: African American Art Institutions and Urban Cultural Ecologies cover