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Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

Welcome to the Drama LibGuide

Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.

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Additional e-library collections available during coronavirus period

Some publishers have temporarily opened up their online collections to support students during this period. Library updates and a full list of new e-collections can be found here.  We expect this list to grow over the next few weeks so keep checking back.


Below are some databases that contain resources for your subject:

Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more.

The Library Search LibGuide is available for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Key drama databases

Core Drama databases 

The following databases will help you discover material related to drama. You have access to further resources via the Drama subject list area in the A-Z Databases list

 

 

Key research databases

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.

You can see a fuller list of research databases in the A-Z database listing under Drama.

 

Play scripts

These databases contain the full text of plays.

 

 

 

 


Performance databases

These databases contain filmed performances, interviews, documentaries and films.

 

 

Audio theatre


Shakespeare

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.

 


Film and TV databases

These databases contain interviews, documentaries and films.

 

 

Use the A-Z Database List to access the full list of databases the library subscribes to.  

You can browse by subject e.g. Drama or by type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resources.

Explore the full A to Z Database list:

Explore research materials available elsewhere

  • 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

I am looking for ...

Online Books

You have online access to hundreds of online books that cover drama.  Use the Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content.  Take a look at the following e-books to give you an idea of how you can search and browse online books like these.

Print Books

The Forum Library print books are arranged in Dewey Decimal Classification order.  This means that books on similar topics are grouped together.  Find out more with our Classmarks  guide.  The majority of books on drama related subjects will be found at number 792 in the library. However, some will be found in the 800s. For example:

Drama Classmarks in the Forum Library
792 General drama subjects
792.028 Acting
792.09 Theatre history
792.9 Stage productions
809.2 Drama analysis
822.33 Shakespeare

Library Search will help you locate these materials

Most of our journal articles are available in digital format, although we do keep older print journals in the Forum Library.  

Our journal databases may offer full text access or abstracts only, or sometimes a mixture of both.

Full text access allows you to view or download the entire journal article from that database.

Abstract only access provides a summary of the content of a journal article and in many cases, links out to full-text sources held digitally in our collections.

Many of our databases fully index their content, by organising them under various subjects. This helps ensure that all potentially relevant articles are captured when searches are carried out.

Use Library Search to find Journal Titles and articles that relate to your research/study area.

For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged above.

The University has access to an extensive range of online primary source materials, including filmed performances, theatre ephemera and play texts. 

Visit our Primary Sources LibGuide to find out more.

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.

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 

 

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.

Top Tip

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.

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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Academic Skills Support

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.

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