• This page lists some specialized resources Drama students may find useful. Check the Subject Help pages for English and Drama for further guides and links to resources.
    You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian Joanna Cooksey for help with finding and referencing library resources.


    Finding books and e-books for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (PDF) 

    Useful databases

    JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals with good coverage of literary journals. 
    JSTOR's Understanding Shakespeare tool lets you look up quotations from a Shakespeare play and find JSTOR articles that reference them. Highly recommended for anyone studying Shakespeare.

    Performing Arts Periodicals database covers theatre, film and television. It's a good place to search for articles about plays in performance.

    Academic Search Complete - A multi-disciplinary database with good coverage of English Studies journals. Much of the content is full-text.

    Other resources

    BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource is a fantastic new collection of programmes and photographs from the BBC's Shakespeare archive.

    Box of Broadcasts (BoB) This online service gives you free access to UK TV and radio programmes. You can also record programmes, create clips and playlists. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. First-time users have to register. You can search for programmes or look for playlists and create your own. 
    Take a look at this playlist Drama Oxford Brookes for a range of drama productions and discussions, such as:

    • TV and film versions of Shakespeare's plays, including the BBC 2012 and 2016 series The Hollow Crown; Hamlet starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart; Richard Eyre's production of King Lear. Also The Globe's 2014 production of The Duchess of Malfi.
    • Modern drama such as Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen.
    • Documentaries on The National Theatre, Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett and the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch

    For more databases, see the full list of Databases for English and Drama

    Web sites

    Web sites for drama and theatre