Course resource help for Drama, Theatre and Acting

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Joanna Cooksey

I'm currently hybrid working so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.


Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.

If you are a student in Drama, Theatre and Acting or you're studying English Literature, you will need to use the MHRA referencing style in your assignments, projects and dissertation.

Check the guide Reference with MHRA which shows you how to create footnotes and bibliographies, and how to reference different types of sources.

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How to

New students

How to find and borrow books

  • Use LibrarySearch to look for books - check our video guide to LibrarySearch on the right.
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.
  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books.
  • Finding books and eBooks for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for these subjects.

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your Drama assignments.

These guides may also help:

When you're doing a dissertation:

How to use Performing Arts Periodicals Database

How to use JSTOR

JSTOR is an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals with good coverage of literary journals. It also includes open access eBooks.

JSTOR research tools:

Highly recommended for anyone studying Shakespeare is JSTOR's Understanding Shakespeare tool that lets you look up quotations from a Shakespeare play and find JSTOR articles that reference them.

Try the Text Analyser tool (BETA) available on the database home page. You can upload an article and the tool will find similar content in the database. 

Drama productions: BoB and Digital Theatre+

BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

BoB is an online service which gives you access to thousands of recorded TV, radio programmes and films from an online archive. These includes many plays in production - see the playlist on the right for examples.

Through BoB you can:

  • View programmes, browse the TV listings and ask for upcoming programmes to be added to the collection.
  • Create your own playlists.
  • Create your own clips from programmes and include them in presentations.

Help with using BoB

Follow the link to access BoB. Click on 'Sign in', then type Oxford Brookes University in the Where are you from? box. The first time you access BoB, you will be prompted to create an account.

  • Learn more from these How to use BoB videos.
  • Trying to find a specific programme on BoB? Click on the 'Search options' link under the search box where you'll see filter options.
  • Check Reference with MHRA for guidance on how to reference BoB programmes correctly.

Digital Theatre+

Collection of drama & theatre resources including essays, recordings of live performances & interviews with theatre practitioners. A key resource for Drama students.

NB 02.11.22 - There are upcoming changes to Google Chrome that will require you to update your browser in order to continue watching content on Digital Theatre+. Please update by 6th December.

Photo of production of Negative Space from Digital Theatre+
Photo of production of Negative Space from Digital Theatre+

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