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Drama & Performance: Finding Articles

A guide for students studying Dance, Performance and Media, Performing Arts, Scriptwriting, Theatr a Drama, Theatre and Drama at the University of South Wales.

Key Databases

These are some of the most important databases for your subject:

Drama Online
Access a wide range of plays from Faber & Faber, Methuen Drama's Modern Plays and Arden Shakespeare, along with scholarly notes, annotated texts, critical analysis and contextual information.

Performing Arts Periodicals
Performing Arts Periodicals database (formerly International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)) provides indexing, abstracts and full text to more than 160 journals.

Screen Studies Collection
Screen Studies Collection (formerly known as Film Indexes Online) combines three key online resources for research in film: AFI Catalog, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals, and Film Index International.

To access the complete list of databases suitable for Drama & Performance, go here.

Key Journals

Trial Databases

Occasionally the Library offers trials of new databases to allow students and staff the opportunity to examine their suitability. Depending on the feedback obtained, and the cost involved, some of these databases may be added to the USW collection. 

Please send us your comments or feedback.




BoB - On Demand TV & Radio for Education (Learning on Screen)

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education that lets you record and view TV and radio online from over 65 free-to-air channels including an archive of over 2 million programmes. View on campus or at home (UK only).

  • Record TV and radio quickly and simply
  • View Over 1 million programmes available in the archive
  • Create clips to use in lectures or send to students
  • Save playlists of your favourite broadcasts and series
  • Never miss a programme with a buffer of 30 days



Search the archives of UK national and local newspapers:


Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a great way of searching for information and is a useful supplement to database searches. More information can be found on our Help page.