Subject – Performing Arts key resources

If you want to find the best academic resources for research and to inspire your practice, this key resources section is a great place to start. You can use these resources alongside your recommended reading from your tutors to extend your research into new areas.

If you want to keep up to date with new stock arriving in the library then keep an eye on our new books list.  The is updated monthly with details of new stock that has been purchased for all subjects within the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries.

The Library subscribes to journals chosen by the Faculty that you can access in print and online via Discover.

Essential Performing Arts journals

Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world on arts and media. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

Access Art Full Text via Discover Publications

Dance in Video contains five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

Access Dance in Video via Discover Publications

Education Research Complete  is a new database available via Discover containing full text journal articles, conference papers and books. It contains the full text of:

  • over 1,300 journals
  • over 2,500 education related conference papers
  • access to over 500 ebooks

The database includes all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. It also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

Access Education Research Complete via Discover

Literary Reference Center Plus is a really useful database for drama and performing arts. It contains information from reference works, books and literary journals plus 35 volumes of new contemporary literature titles, 40 full-text literary study guides and 72 literary videos. Try a keyword search by author or play title to find relevant journal articles.

Access Literary Reference Center Plus via Discover Publications.

Government publications

British official publications are the publications of, or for, the British government and its departments. They are important primary sources of information for all subject areas. For performing arts, government publications are a way of finding reports

Visit the government publications website to find resources via keyword search.

Spotlight on Performing Arts