Performing Arts

Journals & Databases

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

Key Journal Collections

  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away.
  • Cambridge Core consists of 180 multidisciplinary journals from 1997. Includes music and performance studies journals on subjects such as dance, theatre and music technology.
  • Communication and Mass Media includes subjects such as history of film and film criticism, dance and drama. Contains full-text articles for over 500 journals, many peer reviewed. There is also an integrated communication thesaurus to help with related terms.
  • Film and Television Literature Index Use as a source of information in the area of script writing. Find full text journal articles. Covers the entire spectrum of film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical, aspects and reviews.
  • JSTOR  An extensive archive of journals, but as it is an archive the most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available. Use it to find older journal articles. It is extremely relevant for the study of dance and drama.
  • Literary Reference Center Useful for information on literary authors and playwrights from a wide variety of genres such as poetry, drama, fiction and non fiction.
  • Project MUSE full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. Top quality book-length scholarship is fully integrated with MUSE’s scholarly journal content.
  • SAGE Research Methods is a database which supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Resources include a methods map, case studies, datasets, books, reference works, journal articles and instructional videos from world-leading academics.
  • The Shakespeare Collection A useful collection when researching this eminent playwright. It includes the most recent Arden Shakespeare editions of the complete works, as well as editions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works. Other works published during Shakespeare’s time, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical diaries, criticism, reviews and images.


Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-204 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Gale OneFile: News contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspaper from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Useful Websites

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies are the societies and associations that promote the profession and the people working within them. Many provide some documentation free on their site along with regular news updates. Often individual student membership is offered at a low annual membership.

For Your Subject

  • Equity Union Represents not only performers but also designers and directors.
  • National Drama Professional association for drama teachers and theatre educators.
  • One Dance UK Central organisation for the dance profession. Provides information, guidance and encourages career development.
  • People Dancing Professional dance organisation promoting dance across the sector.

Government Departments & Regulatory Bodies

Interesting Websites

  • British Council Arts Promotes UK dance of all forms from contemporary dance and live art to more classical forms.