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Literature Online - From the 8th Century to the 21st Century and includes 6,000 works of Drama. Included also is the complete Arkangel Shakespeare, containing fully dramatised unabridged recordings of all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. Each play is recorded by noted actors, many of whom were trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Information on how to use the database here

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Introduction: Drama & Theatre Studies at UCC Library

This guide aims to provide information on key resources for Drama & Theatre Studies in University College Cork Library.The tabs at the top of the page will help you find books, e-books, journals, databases,theses, useful websites and referencing information.

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Key Library Resources for Drama & Theatre Studies

Literature Online: over a third of a million full-text works of poetry, prose and drama in English, together with definitive online criticism & reference library

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. 

Proquest Databasesthousands of journals, eBooks, newspapers, theses 


Early 17th Century Drama (Oxford Scholarly Editions Online) 19 collections comprising the complete works of Ben Jonson, Philip Massinger and Sir John Suckling, in addition to all of Shakespeare’s plays. 

 ProjeProject Muse imagect Muse:   journals from over 120 publishers in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies etc.


Special Collections in UCC Library

Important collections of rare & older material. Collections relating to Drama & Theatre studies include:
•    16th – 19th century: Older Printed Books. This collection includes individual and collected editions of John Lyly, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Christopher Marlowe and Shakespeare. Do a subject search for ‘English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan’ to find out more. 

•    Anglo-Irish Literature and Culture: Daniel Corkery, Gerald Goldberg and Nancy McCarthy

•    Book history & design: Friedlander Collection, Cuala, Dolmen and Three Candles Presses

To discover how these items can be used in assignments & research read Dr Edel Semple’s blog post on Shakespeare’s Sources. 

See also the Guide for Special Collections

Drama & Theatre Studies

Claire O'Brien
Liaison Librarian: Arts & Celtic Studies
Boole Library
University College Cork
+353 (21) 490-2984

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