Journals for Performing Arts

A journal (sometimes called a periodical or serial) is a publication dealing with a specialised academic subject that appears at regular intervals. There are two types of journals:

  • Magazines – contain short features or news items, written by journalists who may have subject expertise.
  • Peer-reviewed journals – contain scholarly articles (on recent research, methodology or innovation) evaluated by subject specialists on an editorial board, and checked for accuracy and validity.

How to Find Journals

All journal titles (both print and electronic) are listed in the library catalogue:

  • To find Print Journals - search using the ‘Quick Search’ tab, toggle the ‘Journal Title’ option, then enter your journal title.
  • To find Electronic Journals – search using the 'Digital Library' tab: under the heading ‘Full text ejournal and newspaper collections', click on the drop-down menu and select 'A-Z list' and click 'Go'. From here, you can browse or search by electronic journal title in the ‘Find’ box.

Most electronic journals can be accessed from home using your student i.d. number and library password. Print journals are located on the first floor of Polhill library, and are organised alphabetically by title.

Remember you need to search the catalogue by the journal title (usually in italics in a citation), not the article’s title or author.

For example, if you wanted to search for the following reference -  Lansdale, J. (2004) 'Ancestral and Authorial Voices in Lloyd Newson and DV8's "Strange Fish"', New theatre quarterly, 20 (2), pp. 117-26 - you should search the catalogue for “New theatre quarterly”.

Finding Journal Articles

The best way to find journal articles on a particular subject (e.g. postmodernism and theatre) is to search a database. For a list of databases for Performing Arts.

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