Performance and Literature

Performing Arts

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Useful shelf marks

Material in the library is organized into subject areas. Each of these areas is numbered according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. Subject headings together with the Dewey numbers appear on the end of the library shelves and the shelf marks are located on the spines of the books. 

You may find the following shelf marks useful, but to refine your search further, please use the library catalogue. 

791   Performance
792   Theatre
792.023   Stage Management
792.025   Stage Design & Scenery
792.028   Acting
801.95   Literary Criticism
810-818   American Literature
820   English Literature
821   English Poetry
822   English Drama
822.33   Shakespeare
823   English Fiction
840   French Literature
880   Greek Literature
891.66   Welsh Literature


Current Performance and Literature journals can be found on the first floor of Townhill Library, in the Journal Room. Recent copies are stored behind the current issue and can be accessed by lifting the front shelf. Older copies are kept in the Journal Stack Room on the ground floor of Townhill Library. These journals are arranged alphabetically according to their title.

All journals are for reference use only.

Even more Performance and Literature journals are available electronically. You can access these directly via the ‘e-Journal Portal’ and also via the ‘Databases A-Z’. A useful full-text database is Literature Online which contains more than 200 full-text literature journals and a fully searchable collection of more than 350,000 works of English and American literature.


Reference Material

The reference section is on the ground floor of the Townhill Library. In addition to reference materials such as dictionaries and encyclopaedias, you will find resources specific to Performance and Literature.

Useful online reference sources include databases such as Newsbank and Oxford Reference Online, which you can access through the ‘Databases’ link.