Performing Arts Encyclopedia

The Performing Arts Encyclopedia is a Library of Congress resource in which you can explore music theatre and dance. Library of Congress has extensive archives for research into dancers such as Cole, Hawkins, Nuryev, and St. Denis and many more, though unfortunately these resources are not online. The encyclopedia has, however, an excellent online resource for the modern dance exponents Martha Graham, and Katherine Dunham. The Martha Graham Collection gives photographs and information on all of her 166 ballets, with press cuttings of reviews. The Dunham Collection includes videos demonstrating Dunham techniques. There is also an online Aaron Copeland Collection which can be browsed by title, composition, and correspondence.

New E-Book Collection for Leisure and Tourism

Nearly 100 books, and over 1,500 book chapters, have been added to CABI’s Leisure and Tourism database.  The ebook collection covers the period from 2000 to the present day.  On-campus access is automatic.  For off-campus access, please login via the University Portal and click on password information from the Library’s A-Z database listing.  To browse complete books, use the eBooks tab at the top of the search page, or browse individual chapters through the tab below the search box.  The collection will be added to as new books are released.

The Leisure and Tourism database also contains the latest published research sourced from over 6,000 serial publications including all the core leisure and tourism journals.

Index to Theses – 50,000 Full Text Links and a New Look

Index to Theses has enhanced its full text linking service to link through to full text theses in the British Library’s EThOS project and 40 UK and Irish University institutional repositories. This is in sharp contrast to the 3,000 available links in 2008, when Index to Theses started monitoring theses’ full text download availability.

In addition, Index to Theses has created a new sub-collection of Irish theses, increased coverage of theses accepted for higher degrees in the UK,  improved help pages, and a fresh new look to the database. There are now 480,000 theses in this database.

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Archival Sound Recordings

The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project comprises 45,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments. You can listen to over 23,000 non-copyright recordings. There are classical music, jazz and popular music, world and traditional music, and oral history sections. BL makes these recordings available for non-commercial research, study and private enjoyment. When you login you will be prompted to name your institution and you will require your UU network username and password.

ACM Digital Library launches new interface

ACM logo

The ACM Digital Library, the flagship product of the Association for Computing Machinery, has undergone a significant update. This is the first major upgrade since the initial launch of the ACM DL more than a decade ago. The most immediate and notable changes are the rebranding of the Portal as The ACM Digital Library and the complete integration of the Guide to Computing Literature bibliographic database into the Digital Library itself. The changes create a simplified and more intuitive experience when searching for ACM and non-ACM articles through a single search interface. Among the long list of improvements is the redesigned citation pages, and detailed bibliometric data for every author and article contained in both the Digital Library and Guide.

For more information on the changes made to ACM Digital Library, please see their press release.

CHARM (AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music)

In the CHARM website you can access an online discography, a library of ex-copyright recordings, early recording history, and methods for analysing recordings. The site also has a “download area” which includes, World Encyclopaedia of Music; Gray’s Bibliography of Discographies and Philip Stuart Discographies. Access is free.

PRIMO (Practice as Research in Music Online)

PRIMO is developed and managed by the Institute of Musical Research, University of London, in conjunction with the University of London Computer Centre. It is an open resource of practice-based music research in which the primary medium is not the written word but the sonic or multi-media event. You will find full-length and excerpted rehearsals, workshops, performances and demonstrations of various kinds. Each item is accompanied by a description and abstract giving a summary of the item’s content and its contribution to current research. Access to the site is free though in order to monitor copyright compliance, the Institute of Musical Research requires all those wishing to view, listen to, or download items to register with PRIMO and to log in on each visit.

InView: British History through the lens

InView comprises over 2000 non-fiction and television films selected from the British Film Institute National Archive. Collections include government film, politics, early film, industry and television. For example there is a four minute film of the “Dublin Rebellion”, a BBC Panorama programme “The Troubled Peace” and a short newsreel of a Suffragette march through London in 1915. Many of the films are from Topical Budget, the self-styled “Great British Newsreel”, which ran for almost exactly 20 years, from 1911 to 31. Each film has an introductory essay by an academic historian.

East London Theatre Archive

  The East London Theatre Archive (ELTA) is a database of East London theatre ephemera provided by the V. & A. Theatre Collections, East London theatres and University of East London archives.  ELTA’s collection ranges from 1827 to the present day, including playbills and programmes to press cuttings and photographs.  Themes such as women in  nineteenth century theatre, crime and punishment, pantomime, etc., help to contextualise the collection.