• This page lists some specialized resources Drama students may find useful. Check the Subject Help pages for English Literature 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.


    Most of your books will be located in Headington Library. The main section for drama and theatre is on Level 4 in Zone D.  

    To find a book, use the Books & e-books search on the Library home page and type in the author, title or subject that you are interested in. Alternatively you can use  LibrarySearch and then limit your search results to books. 

    Print books have a call number which tells you where the book is shelved in the Library, for example 822.914 BUT/R. If the book is on loan to another user or at one of our other libraries, you can put a hold on it. If it's on the shelves, it's quicker for you to go and get it yourself.

    If you want to browse the shelves, key sections are 792 (theatre) and 822 English drama. The guide Finding books and e-books for English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (PDF) gives further details about more specific drama/theatre topics.  

    Useful databases

    For articles and reviews:

    • Performing Arts Periodicals database covers theatre, film and television. It's a good place to search for articles about plays in performance.
    • JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals with good coverage of literary journals. The  Understanding Shakespeare tool lets you look up quotations  lets you look up quotations from a Shakespeare play and find JSTOR articles that reference them. Highly recommended for anyone studying Shakespeare.
    • MLA International Bibliography  database covering international literary and language studies. Can help you find books, book chapters and articles.
    • Academic Search Complete A multi-disciplinary database. Much of the content is full-text.
      Tip: These two databases are on the same web platform (EBSCO) so you can search both together. Connect to either database, then select 'Choose databases' (above the search boxes) and tick the box next to the database(s) you want to include.

    For TV & radio programmes and films:

    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. 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 images of plays in production:

    Bridgeman Education - a digital image library. Very useful for photos of theatre productions: you can search for specific play, theatre, theatre company or person.

    For newspaper reviews of plays in performance, or interviews with actors, writers and directors:

    • LexisLibrary  is a law database which includes articles from UK national and regional news sources.
      How to use LexisLibrary - see the section 'How to search newspapers'
    • Factiva is an international news database. It covers national newspapers, local newspapers and magazines.
      How to use Factiva - short videos and written guides.

    For more databases, see Journals, articles and databases  

    Web sites

    Web sites for drama and theatre 

    Referencing drama sources in MHRA