Accessing the Database
1. Start out at the library’s homepage, http://www.millikin.edu/staley
2. Click on the link for “Find Articles, Audio, Video, and Images” under the Research section of the homepage.
or click on the “Staley Library Databases” link in My.Millikin.edu
3. That will take you to the database page. Under “Databases by Subject” click on Theatre.
4. The Drama Texts Collections will be listed in the "Play/Script Resources" list, click on it.
Here’s the main page of the database:
The collection's search function is broken up into two parts:
Advanced Searching in Drama Texts Collection
1. To search for a monologue and play in this database, click on "Menu."
Then, click "Disciplines- Music & Performing Arts- Theatre."
2. On the next screen, click "Advanced Search."
You will see the following search form:
Since you need to find a monologue that fits the age range 16 - 25, we can start by doing a search for a play with characters that meet your requirements.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the advanced search screen until you see "Person Details." Click "Show Person."
Select the gender you'd like to represent.
4. Click on "Show Occupation"
Click "Select All" to uncheck all the options. Then browse the occupation options and choose an occupation(s) from the list someone your age might do, or that you're interested in. (For example, "scholar," or "actor")
5. Click "Show Nationality" and/or "Show Race" and select the options you desire.
6. Scroll upwards until you see the date limit options below. If your monologue needs to be after 1950, type in 1950-2020 (or current year) into the date written/released boxes.
7. Scroll further up to see the option labeled "Character/Role."
Click on "Select terms," to the right of the search box. Scroll through the options and select any that seem relevant (for example, "student" and "students"). Click "Add Terms."
8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Search." A list of results that meet your criteria will come up.
9. Look on the left side of the screen for the section labeled "Refine Your Search." Under "Format," click "Text." Under "Content Type," click "Play."
10. Click on the linked play titles to find out more about the play and its characters.
Other things to try:
*Do a keyword search on the main screen.
*Browse by people, plays, genres, etc. (below the search box on the main page) and see what you can find!
*Select one of the specific play collections on the main Drama Texts Collection screen (for example, Asian American Drama, Black Drama, etc.) and browse contents.