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Databases are excellent sources of good quality information. Below are a range of databases relevant to English and Drama.

  • Academic Search Complete: A multidisciplinary database which provides full-text coverage from over 4,450 scholarly publications, more than 3,500 of them peer-reviewed. [Senate House Library]
  • Box of Broadcasts (BOB): Innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions. Choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels, schedule recordings in advance, edit programmes into clips, create playlists, embed clips into VLEs, share what you are watching with others and search a growing archive of material. Discover more about BoB National features by viewing their Video Tutorials.
  • East London Theatre Archive: A database of theatre ephemera provided by the V & A Theatre Collections, East London theatres and UEL archives. The collection ranges from 1827 to the present day, and includes playbills and programmes, press-cuttings and photographs. There are themed essays to contextualise the material and maps showing theatre locations.
  • Gale Primary Sources is a humanities and social sciences digital primary sources archive that allows you to use a single cross- search interface to access 500 years of world history in multiple collections. For tutorials and training, please click here.
  • Historical Texts: Brings together three historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.
  • International Index to Performing Arts (IIPA): Includes full text of over 80 serials and indexes content from more than 240 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, reviews and events. [Senate House Library]
  • JSTOR: Provides access to the full text of many core academic journals, books and primary sources on the arts, humanities and social sciences. JSTOR tutorials. Note: Senate House Library has additional JSTOR collections.
  • Literature Online (LION): A collection of literature in English, comprising poetry from 600 to the present, drama from 1280 to 1915 and prose from 1500 to 1900. It currently includes more than 175,000 individual works. The Literature Online English Corpus does not include American literature.
  • Mass Observation Online: Makes available the complete archives of the pioneering social research organisation Mass Observation. There are original manuscript and typescript papers, printed publications and photographs, and interactive features.
  • MediaPlus: Provides a single point of access to three major multimedia archives. It enables cross-searching and exploration of TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music from the following archives: Digital Images for Education, NewsFilm Online and Film & Sound Online.
  • MLA International Bibliography: Provides a subject index for books and articles published on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. [Senate House Library]
  • Nexis UK: Access to regional, national and global newspapers, and the BBC monitoring service. Video Tutorials
  • Oxford Art Online: Search across Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location (which includes access to the Dictionary of Art). Oxford Art Online also includes access to Oxford companion to Western art, Encyclopedia of aesthetics, Concise Oxford dictionary of art terms. [Senate House Library]
  • The Oxford English Dictionary: Features 600,000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1000 years of English.
  • Oxford Reference: An online resource that brings together 2 million digitised entries from across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias. Best for checking a fact or finding key information on a person, concept or term.
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database: provides indexing and abstracts for more than 395 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 160 of the indexed journals. Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more. [Senate House Library]
  • Project MUSE: Provides full-text access to over 300 journals in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: Search for dissertations and theses from across the world. [Senate House Library]
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature: Indexes articles, books, catalogues, dissertations and other publications from the 1830s to the present. [Senate House Library]
  • SAGE Research MethodsA database dedicated to research methods across a range of subject areas. SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process, from writing a research question, conducting a literature review, choosing the best research methods, analysing data, to writing up results and thinking about publication.
  • Scopus: Multi-disciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library via "Library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial
  • Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 which includes the Sunday edition - allows you to search historical data on any number of topics, and offers insight into domestic and international affairs and culture over a timespan of almost 150 years.  For tutorials and training, please click here.
  • The Times Digital Archive: 1785-2011 (and rolling) provides access to a library of back issues of the newspaper online plus searchable images from the microfilm collection of The Times.
  • The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive: 1902-2014 offers insight, criticism, and commentary on literature and the arts from over a century. 
  • Web of Science: Multi-disciplinary database containing the citations and abstracts of peer-reviewed literature. This database lists the number of times a work has been cited in other works and provides direct links to the abstracts of citing works. Access to full-text subscription content where available at Queen Mary Library via "Library - check full text" button. Video Tutorial


The databases listed above are only a small part of the database collections at Queen Mary and Senate House libraries. You can find the full list of databases available at Queen Mary via the Library's A-Z List of Electronic Journals and Databases. If the topic you are studying crosses a number of different subject areas, you may find it helpful to check the other Library Subject Guide pages for useful resources, contacts and information.

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