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

International Bibliography of Theatre and Drama is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. It is a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.

Access International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance via Discover Publications

We have recently begun a subscription to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), an on-demand TV & radio streaming service.

BoB is an educational broadcasting and archives service from the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council (BUFVC) which gives access to over two million TV and radio broadcasts dating back to the 1990s. Content includes BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and more. There are 10 foreign language channels (including Italian, French and German) and BBC Shakespeare Archive content dating back to the 1950s.

As well as giving stable, legal access to broadcast content, BoB offers some exciting features for teaching and learning.

  • Links to broadcasts or clips can be embedded into presentations, or embedded into Canvas.
  • Advanced search: It’s possible to search BoB by subject or program as well as by date e.g. it’s possible to see everything broadcast from a date in time.
  • Clips and notes: You can use slider bars on a broadcast to create clips and write annotations on those clips. It’s possible to put these clips into a compilation. No extra software is needed.
  • Playlists: Tutors can create playlists, with annotations, and make these available publicly, to a cohort, or keep them private in a workspace. There are over 80,000 publicly available playlists, and it’s possible to search these by curator, keyword, or institution. Playlists can include programs, individual broadcasts, clips or clip compilations
  • Transcripts: BoB also offers transcripts, which would be helpful for accessibility, language comprehension, quoting for essays, as well as scriptwriting. Transcripts are fully searchable by keyword

Ready to get watching? You log in directly from the BoB homepage. Before you are able to watch, you will need to log in with your university ID and password, and then enter your email address and name (one time only) to create an account within BoB. It should work in all internet browsers, but Chrome seems to be working the best at the moment. Due to licensing restrictions, BoB can only be used in the United Kingdom.

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