Collection Spotlight: Drama Online

A collection spotlight

Great news! We’ve expanded our drama resources by subscribing to the award-winning Drama Online.

This site gives you an amazing oversight into the world of plays, playwrights and criticism, including access to the full text of many plays, full video and audio of performances, as well as playwright profiles. Browse via genre or period, and read full text books about theatre craft and criticism. There are even innovative tools such as character grids and word/speech graphs!


The best way to access our huge range of databases is by clicking the A-Z of Resources in iCity, and then using the alphabetical list to find the resource you need.

We hope you enjoy this site, and if you have any feedback please email our collection management librarian for the BSA.


New resource available! BBC Shakespeare Archive

Good news! We’ve added the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource to our list of databases supporting the School of English and the Birmingham School of Acting. shakespeare-archive

This resource streams BBC Shakespeare performances and other Shakespeare related programmes. There is a vast range of material, some of which dates from the 1950s, and includes the first British televised adaptations of Othello and Henry V, classic interviews with key Shakespearean actors including John Gielgud, Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier, several of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets in TV and radio broadcasts, and more than 1000 photographs of Shakespeare productions.

There’s also Paul Robeson talking in 1959 about acting Shakespeare and the difficulty of English accents, and the series of Prefaces to Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Perspective which accompanied the major BBC series of Shakespeare’s works, transmitted between 1978 and 1985. On the lighter side, there is Blackadder punching Shakespeare ‘for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next four hundred years!’, as well as Mastermind quiz rounds and a sketch from The Morecambe and Wise Show.

To log in:

  • Select a resource and click the BBC ‘log in’ option
  • Type ‘Birmingham City University’ into the box
  • You will then be directed to OpenAthens
  • Type ‘Birmingham City University’ into the Institutional log-in box (right-hand side – ignore the username/password boxes)
  • You should then be able to view the resource

^Posted on behalf of Andrew Scragg

International Women’s Day

women's week 2016

Today we’re highlighting some of the Library resources that support researchers in the field of women and gender, to accompany the International Women’s Day celebrations at Birmingham City University 7th-11th March 2016.

Online resources


Summon is our main search engine – use this to search for articles, books, news and more on the subject of women’s studies.

ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts)

Periodical Archive Online

These databases are a great place to start searching for articles on women/gender/LGBT studies.

Art Full Text

DAAI (Design and Applied Arts Index)

Search these databases for articles and images on the subject of female artists.


You can search the library catalogue to find a wealth of information on women, gender, feminism, sexism and more. Here are a few searches to illustrate the wide variety of topics you can find in our libraries:

Why not try searching for topics that interest you?

For more information visit this events page.

New resource – Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

We’ve just added a new resource, The Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

“The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). We are funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.OLH

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal.”

If you are interested in finding our more about OLH and open access journal publishing, check this article here in the THES.



Trial of Drama Online until end of December 2015

We have taken out a trial of Drama Online (access here, on-campus only

dramaonline They say “The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.Our constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools.

For more details about this trial please contact Francis Firth, Liaison Librarian Collection Management.