Dissertation help

Dissertation Help - Finding Resources

Your dissertation is an extended piece of work on a topic of your own choosing. Working on a dissertation (or doing a postgraduate degree) often involves searching for more specialised subject information beyond the University library catalogue. For guidance on searching, see the Literature Search page of this subject guide.

Databases will help you to find relevant journal articles and conference proceedings. Library catalogues will assist you in locating books, conference proceedings and other dissertations that may have been written on the same subject.

The following catalogues and databases will help you to identify research material for your dissertation:


  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (via ISI Web of Knowledge) – provides access to bibliographic data from about 22,000 journals, as well as information on published proceedings for about 12,000 annual conferences. The database also references books and web sites. Articles from journals such as Dance Chronicle, Dance Theatre Journal, Comparative Drama, Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre Quarterly and Theatre Research International are indexed in the database.
  • ZETOC - a bibliographic database covering all the disciplines, it indexes 20,000 of the most important research journals, as well as conference proceedings.

Library Catalogues:

  • New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Includes the New York Public Library Dance Collection catalogue, a description and finding aid to the Billy Rose Theatre Collection, and a number of links to dance and theatre resources on the internet. The catalogue provides a good starting point for identifying resources that may useful for research and dissertations.
  • COPAC - free access to the merged catalogues of over 25 of the largest university and research libraries in the UK and Ireland.
  • British Library - A searchable catalogue of one of the world's most extensive collection of resources. The library contains books journals, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, a sound archive and special collections.

For further resources look at the Resources for Researchers webpage.

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