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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: English & Acting

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

In this guide:

Photo of Students performing Threepenny Opera

Finding Journal Articles   /   Film, Images, Sound  /

Key Resources in Merchiston Library  /

Internet Resources: a selection to explore

Finding Journal Articles

The best way to find journal articles is to try keyword searching in LibrarySearch, using the Everything tab.  However, you may also want to try searching directly in some of the databases that contribute to LibrarySearch.  Here's a list of the best ones for the subject area.

Historical materials

Key Resources in Merchiston Library

Key reference books

These can all be found in Merchiston Library: search for them in LibrarySearch to find the shelfmarks. 

  • Encyclopedia of post-colonial literatures in English
  • The Oxford companion to English literature
  • The Oxford companion to theatre and performance
  • The Longman companion to Victorian fiction
  • A companion to Victorian literature & culture
  • Encyclopedia of literature and criticism
  • The Norton anthology of theory and criticism
  • The Penguin dictionary of literary terms and literary theory

Quick guides to print out

Drama Online

Film, Images and Sound

Internet Resources: a selection to explore


  • Project Gutenberg- over 20,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog. A grand total of over 100,000 titles is available at Project Gutenberg Partners, Affiliates and Resources. You are advised to check that books are out of copyright in the UK (or your home country) before downloading.
  • Discovering Literature: Romantics and Victorians  A British Library project bringing together a wealth of the British Library’s greatest literary treasures, including numerous original manuscripts, first editions and rare illustrations. 1,200 Romantic and Victorian literary treasures, new insights by 60 experts, 25 documentary films, 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.
  • The Victorian Web- "dedicated to “literature, history and culture in the age of Victoria”. Useful background material for 19th century literature.
  • The Poetry Archive- "The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work."

Interesting blogs

Period images, historical background and a bit of fun. Danger - seriously fascinating! Do check any facts for accuracy.  As is the way with blogs, they are not all currently being updated.  Suggestions for additions welcomed.

  • Backstage -  US site " For more than 50 years, Backstage has been the most trusted place for actors to find career advice and casting information"
  • Spotlight  -  "Spotlight was founded in 1927 and is the UK's leading casting resource with unrivalled knowledge and contacts at the heart of the industry."
  • ActorTips  - "ActorTips is a free site that provides advice to beginning actors. It was founded in the late 1990s as the informational newsletter of New York-based Inverse Theater"
  • AceYourAudition: the actor's resource  - tips, techniques, free monologues
  • The Stage - news, reviews, castings etc.