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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find sources for your written work and performance practice.  It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.


    Eresources are databases of articles from academic journals and specialist maagzines as well as other scholarly content. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    international_bibliography_theatre_dance, international bibliography theatre dance logo International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance  IBTD is a subject-specific database for all disciplines within performing arts and contains over 170 journals, most of which are peer-reviewed. You can search for articles on a specific topic, production, practitioner or movement. Tick 'Full text' to return complete articles.
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Arts Premium This is a large database encompassing all aspects of the arts including art, design, architecture, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more. Publications are either peer-reviewed or highly specialist. Tick 'Full Text' to return results with a PDF of the full article.
    jstor, jstor logo JSTOR JSTOR is a highly-respected multidisciplinary database of over 12 million journal articles with a strong emphasis on the arts and humanities, including performing arts. Most journals are peer-reviewed. Key titles include TDR, Shakespeare Quarterly and Dance Research Journal.
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo  Taylor and Francis Journals Online  A multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed journals on a full range of subjects. Notably for performing arts, it contains articles from Contemporary Theatre Review, Dance Chronicle, Theatre and Performance Design, and Dramatherapy.
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with a strong representation from the performing arts. Theses are very useful for research as they contain rich bibliographies that you can use to expand your reading.


    Individual Journal Titles

    These are the key journals and magazines we subscribe to for your subject. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal Performance Research

    Peer-reviewed journal focusing on mapping, documenting and analysing all aspects of perfoming arts. Available online from 1997 onwards.

    Studies in Theatre and Performance Wide ranging in scope, this peer-reviewed journal is one of the most prestigious in the field. Available online from 1997 onwards.
    Studies in Musical Theatre  Leading journal in musical theatre research. Peer-reviewed articles cover topics from representation to choregraphy and singing. Available online and in print from 2008 onwards.
    Dance Research Journal Published by Cambridge University Press, DRJ features peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on all aspects of dance practice. 
    Journal of Singing  The Journal of Singing is the official peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Available online from 1995 onwards. 
    New Theatre Quarterly Peer-reviewed journal of theatrical scholarship and practice. Available online from 2002 onwards and in print in the library from 1971.
    The Stage Legendary newspaper in the performing arts. Great for keeping up to date with industry developments. Rolling most recent 3 months available in print in the Library.
  • Streaming and visual resources

    Use your university login to access films, documentaries and tutorials streamed straight to your device.

    Streaming resourceDescription
    linkedin_learning, linkedin learning logo LinkedIn Learning  Online tutorials on software including Sibelius, Capture, Adobe CC, audio software and many more. Also discover content for performing arts practitioners such as singing and musical theory, marketing and business planning.
    academic_video_online, academic video online Theatre Performance and Design Collection  Full productions, interviews, documentaries, books on all aspects of performance. Contents include the full National Theatre Collection, RSC Collection, Broadway+, LA Theatre Works audio dramas, Theatre in Video and much more.
    digital_theatre_plus, digital theatre plus logo Digital Theatre + Digital Theatre Plus offers streamed films of leading productions from Shakespeare to ballet to Broadway.  Each production is supported by additional content, including interviews with the creative and production teams and written study guides that you can use for essays.
    Bloomsbury logo, Bloomsbury Video Library Bloomsbury Video Library  Expansive collection of full productions, documentaries and video workshops. Topics include physical theatre, devising processes, specific practitioners, dance technique and many more. All available to stream in HD on and off-campus.  
    dance_in_video, dance_in_video Dance in Video Featuring full performances, interviews, documentaries and tutorials, Dance in Video is the most comprehensive resource available to dance students. You can view work from a huge range of choreographers and dance companies or browse by genre or style. This makes Dance in Video a useful resource for the dance studio and for your assignments.
    bbc, BBC logo BBC Shakespeare Archive This resource comprises an incredible collection of full-length BBC productions of practically all of Shakespeare's plays and associated materials such as interviews and written guides. The archive is fully searchable so you can look for specific titles, actors and directors. 
    vogue, vogue logo Vogue Archive Archive of every issue of American Vogue since 1892. Useful for period costume, prop and set design. UK Vogue is available in print in the journals archive in the Library from 1964.
  • Web links for your subject

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    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  The Stage The website for the biggest magazine in the entertainment industry. Great for information on auditions as well as reviews of productions and other performance-related news.

    Theatre History on the Web

    Don't be deceived by the simple appearance; this site is maintained by a Washington academic and is a comprehensive resource on the history of performance. 

    Dance UK

    National body for professional dancers in the UK. Here you will find information on choreography, diet and fitness and professional practice.

    Foundation for  Community Dance

    Information on professional practice, various publications such as handbooks and toolkits for setting up community dance projects.

    The Broadway League

    The website for the national trade association for the Broadway industry. As well as information on current shows and events, the Research and Information section contains statistics and reports on sales, audience demographics etc.

    V&A Costume 

    Rich in images and interesting articles on costume design for stage, this excellent website is regularly updated and is surprisingly large.

    Theatre Voice

    The web's leading audio resource for British theatre. 

    Association of Lighting Designers

    UK-based association with resources, photo gallery and news from the industry.

    Edinburgh Fringe

    The 'Take Part' section contains a lot of useful advice for independent and touring companies.

  • Getting help

    Help and AdviceLink
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