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Drama: 54-281: Foundations of Drama II: 20th Century Productions: Search the Library Catalog

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 Cameo  (Carnegie Mellon University Libraries catalog)
Find all materials held at the CMU Libraries including citations and/or full-text links to e-books, journal articles, or streaming audio and video media.

Use Cameo in conjunction with...

WorldCat a database of library holdings all over the U.S. and internationally including Carnegie Mellon. Subject descriptions are typically more detailed and may not appear in Cameo.

and/or check in other local library catalogs


If CMU Libraries don't have what you need:
Ask the Art and Drama Librarian or
Interlibrary Loan



Quick tips (see the detailed table opposite for more tips)

1. Try to find a critical or historical monograph (a whole book on on a play or a practitioner) using the Cameo "Books and More" option or on Worldcat.  Here are some quick sample searches:

2. "Death of a Salesman"
Try this type of broad-ranged search on a production name to see if there are whole books (aka mongraphs) written about a play or musical.  Monographs dedicated to one work will give you historical context and sometimes discuss particular productions.

3. "Death of a Salesman" criticism
To find critical texts if a general search on the the production title comes up with too many hits.

4. Elia Kazan (or other practitioners); Kazan Salesman
To find criticism, critical mongraphs, biographies, etc.

5. "Death of a Salesman" drama        
The word 'drama' included with a play title or practitioner will find playscripts in Cameo. Playscripts sometimes contain include critical text and other information on a play.


Google Books and Google Scholar
Use these in conjunction with Cameo and WorldCat to elicit more results for the full text of books and articles. Google Books may not always contain the full content of books in its collection, but sometimes there is substantial textual excerpts to key you into other publications you may not have found using Cameo and WorldCat


Questions?

Mo Dawley
Art and Drama Librarian
Hunt Library
Arts Library and Special Collections
412-268-6625
Art Research Guide
Drama Research Guide

 

Cameo and WorldCat Search Tips

Here are more ways to think about how to search people, concepts, criticism and context when searching the library catalog and Worldcat using Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (1949) as an example.
The wisdom for searching library catalogs is to stay simple and try frequent various searches. 
Look for hotlinks and tables of contents in item records that you find in Cameo and WorldCat that may lead you to other pertinent topics, people and materials. 

Play Title
"Death of a Salesman"

People
composer, designers,
director, playwright


Arthur Miller
Elia Kazan
Jo Mielziner
Alex North
Julia Sze


Actors
Lee J. Cobb
Mildred Dunnock
Cameron Mitchell
Arthur Kennedy
Don Keefer
Winifred Cushing
Howard Smith
Thomas Chalmers
Alan Hewitt
Ann Driscoll
Tom Pedi
Constance Ford
Hope Cameron


Stage Managers
Del Hughes
James Gregory
Leonard Patrick

Analytic aspects
analysis
criticism
criticism and interpretation
documentary
addresses, essays,
lectures
interview(s)
review(s)
history and criticism
stage history

Production aspects
production
costume design
music
direction
production and direction
stage setting
scenery

Time Period*
20th century

Location/Culture
United States
American
Brooklyn
Boston
New York

 

Concepts
american dream
business
capitalism
capitalism in literature
common man
consumerism
corporate culture
family relations
fathers sons drama
literature and society
loneliness in literature
materialism
salesmen
sales personnel
society
soul in literature
success
technology in literature
tragedy
women

self-deception
self-delusion
denial
desire
empathy
guilt
identity
illusion
loneliness
memory
psychology
psychomachia
shame

  • Do not search production dates or years (February 19, 1949) in library catalogs.
  • When you search other article databases outside of library catalogs for  reviews, the name of the venue will be an important keyword  (e.g. Morosco)

Heads up: Hot Links and Tables of Contents (Cameo)