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Theatre and Performance Studies: Books & Journals

A guide to library resources for the Theatre and Performance Studies department, including an overview of databases, advice on referencing, a support page for researchers and contact details for your department's Subject Librarian.

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The Subject Librarian for Theatre is Mark Preston (

Books are arranged on the shelves by subject using Dewey Decimal Classification. The main Theatre section is on the 2nd  floor in the 792s, but you will need to look at other sections as well, such as the 800s for Literature. Please see below for some relevant subjects and their shelf numbers.

Journals are arranged by shelf number on the appropriate floor, i.e. social sciences, education and language on the 1st floor, and art, music and literature on the 2nd floor. Most journals are on open access, but some back issues are kept in the reserve stack : you can request these at the Library help desk on the ground floor, where staff will collect them for you.

Electronic journals are available on Library Search and can also be accessed from the Library web pages. Our subscriptions include EBSCO, JSTOR, SAGE, Science Direct, and Taylor & Francis. Most e-journals can be accessed from outside college with your Goldsmiths username and password. Please ask at the enquiry desk for further details.

Reference sections on each floor of the Library contain encyclopedias, bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, government statistics and education yearbooks. Similar items are available online, e.g. on Credo Reference.

The School Practice collection on the 1st floor contains books, audiovisual and multimedia  items for use with children. For Theatre this includes drama text-books, children's plays, a Shakespeare section, and teaching objects such as masks and puppets.

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