Welcome to the Drama Subject Guide
Use this guide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more.
For more in depth research in databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.
These databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc. These databases are multidisciplinary, covering many subjects, but will contain scholarly content relating to the field of drama and performance.
These databases contain filmed performances, interviews, documentaries and films.
These databases contain interviews, documentaries and films.
These collections include Shakespeare's plays, prose and the performances of his work.
A dedicated Shakespeare LibGuide provides more details of the various Shakespeare collections available to you.
These collections contain primary source materials relating to plays and theatre produced in the past.
You can browse by subject e.g. Drama or by type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resources.
Library Hub Discover - Search the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish national, academic and specialist libraries to find books, journals and other materials
WorldCAT - Search the collections of over 10,000 worldwide libraries
The European Library - Access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
The Library of Congress - Catalogue records of the print and digital resources held in the Library of Congress collections (USA)
LibWeb - Find online library catalogues worldwide
CORE - Search the world's largest collection of open access research papers
The Drama department uses the Harvard Referencing style.
Cite Them Right Online provides referencing guidance and examples to help you correctly reference your sources.
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Most of our journal articles are available in digital format. Older print journals are kept in the Forum Library.
Our journal databases may offer full text access or abstracts only, or sometimes a mixture of both:
- Full text = view or download the entire journal article
- Abstract only = provides a summary of a journal article. Often links out to the full-text held elsewhere in our collections.
Key Drama Journals
The University has access to an extensive range of online primary source materials. These contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books, photographs and other primary sources.
The Primary Sources Libguide will help you identify the best databases for your research. As we have over 550 Primary Source collections, the collections have been categorised by Country, Time Period and Theme so that you can quickly find the most relevant collections for your research.
Explore drama, theatre history and cinema history archives held by the University of Exeter in Special Collections:
Northcott Theatre Archive
Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
Theatre Royal (Exeter)
Gerald Du Maurier
English concert parties and pierrot shows
Dorothy Johnson and John Lawrence Toole
You can refine your search just to drama when using Literature Online.
In the Primary Texts box, choose Search Drama.
Refine your search using the options provided.
For example, you can look up particular playwrights, genres and literary movements, and add them to your search.
Use the Search Techniques LibGuides for lots of hints and tips on successful online searching
As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.
Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations. Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.
For more guidance take a look at:
Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of study skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.
Linking the University of Exeter Library to Google Scholar
Google Scholar is an online, freely accessible search engine for locating scholarly literature from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. But not all full text content is free to access.
However, it is possible to link the University of Exeter online library to Google Scholar, making it quick to identify and access library full text content.
Just follow these instructions:
Click on Check for this @ Exeter or Access this @ Exeter options to view full text article:
Find out more here: Making the most of Google Scholar
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research.
It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.
Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.
If you are a dissertation student, at some point in your research, you may need to access resources held outside of the university library collections.
The library offers a number of services to help you access these materials. Find out more by exploring the guides below.
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