Answered By: Joanna Wilson
Last Updated: Sep 26, 2018     Views: 58

Library Search is the best starting point for information on a particular Performance topic. 

However, you may also wish to use one of the Library’s specialist databases.  These bring together journal articles or other sources, useful for Performance subjects.

All our databases can be reached via the Library’s resources page at

The following databases are particularly recommended for Performance topics -

Academic Search Premier – a general resource providing journal articles on a wide variety of topics, including performance related subjects

Alexander Street Video– This is a valuable resource for video content on all kinds of topics, and includes a small section devoted to theatre. (For more information on finding theatre videos look at this short blog post)

Arts & Humanities Full Text - titles include both scholarly journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to applied arts and culture. Subject strengths include music, theatre, film and cultural studies.

Box of Broadcasts – a huge collection of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK.  Worth exploring for drama and films.  In addition, a number of programmes regularly discuss culture and the arts, so this can be an important source for reviews and critical opinion.  

Broadcast - Broadcast is a magazine (print and online) for the UK television and radio industry. It covers a wide range of news and issues affecting the professional broadcast market in the UK. Broadcast has regular weekly sections covering news, commissioning, opinion, and interviews.

Business Source Premier –– useful if you are looking for information on performance as a cultural industry.

Digital Theatre + a great resource for recordings of theatre productions as well as interviews with performers, directors and others.  Well worth exploring.

Drama Online - scripts for some of the most studied modern and classic plays, plus over 60 books providing analysis and criticism of some of these plays, playwrights, and genres. 

IEEE Xplore – electronics database with some content on virtual dance, drama, theatre.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database – journal articles on all aspects of performance, including dance, theatre and music.

JSTOR – full text academic journal resource - useful forfilm and performance.

LexisLibrary – full text press articles from regional and national newspapers. Very useful for performance reviews. (Because this is primarily a law resource, you will need to select the news section.  See our quick guide.)

Newsstand -  provides articles from major British and American national newspapers, as well as many local and regional newspapers from both countries. It also contains an extensive collection of other international news sources. For help with searching, see our short guide.