Course resource help for Drama, Theatre and Acting

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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 search databases

The Library has lots of databases that will give you a wide variety of additional sources, beyond what you will find on LibrarySearch. Many databases focus on journal articles but others contain newspaper articles or audio-visual resources.

In this section you'll find links to some key databases plus video guides.

Think about your keywords

If you're looking for resources on a topic, a text or an author, think about the keywords you could use on LibrarySearch and databases:

  • Check this video Choosing words to put in a search box made by Charlie Brampton, the Librarian for Geography.
  • This template Researching a text, author or topic (Google doc) - can help you develop a list of keywords to use when searching online.
    Click on File - Make a copy - to save your own copy and then add your own notes to it
  • The guide Database search tips for English Literature and Creative Writing PDF and Word file gives tips relevant to searching most databases. 
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Databases for journal articles and reviews

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. 

Databases for drama productions

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+

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 playlists for examples.

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.

Explore BoB playlists

Create your own playlists or browse existing ones. Take a look at the links below for a selection of playlists created by your Librarian.

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