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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

Academic Search Complete 
Full text for 1800 publications as well as images, for nearly every academic field of study.

Art Full Text 
A comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index
Indexes 1200 of the world's leading Arts and Humanities journals.

Drama Online
Introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Plus we have the Nick Hern Books collection of plays, screenplays and theatre books.

JSTOR Arts and Sciences
An archive of journals with 125 titles covering a range of subjects.

Music Periodicals Database
The database contains over 600,000 records, with complete runs of over ten important titles.

Performing Arts Periodicals
Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals.

Web of Science
A multidisciplinary index containing access to the Science Citation Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

To access more databases, go to the Communication Design databases page here.

Key Journals




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


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.


Search the archives of UK national and local newspapers:


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.