Welcome to UCI's Drama Research Guide! This guide will help you find and select the best resources for all your drama research needs. Navigate the guide using the tabs at the top of this page. Have a question? Ask me!
***Please make sure to check the Accessing Resources page for the most up-to-date information on how to connect to our electronic resources and how to access our physical collections while our physical buildings are closed due to the pandemic.***
Tagpacker. Browsing for plays to read can be difficult. This homegrown site lists most of the plays added to the UCI Libraries since 2010. You can sort the plays by number of cast (including gender); playwright demographics like ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and gender; major themes, etc. Each play listing includes a summary of the play, a link to the library's record, and a link to the Google Book preview if available. More information about locating specific plays or accessing our many online play databases are on the Online Plays page.
* primarily covers the areas of drama, dance, and film. It's especially good for locating performance, book, and recordings reviews; obituaries; and popular news articles. Scholarly articles from main publications are also available.
Digital Theatre Plus * provides streaming video of many different plays that have been produced on the contemporary British stage, interviews with professional practitioners, study guides for select classic masterworks, pedagogical guides for use in both the classroom and the rehearsal, a growing encyclopedia of factual information to help you better understand the history and social context behind the plays, and many more things (ever want to read manga versions of Shakespeare?)!
VPN If you're researching off campus then you will need to login to the UCI VPN for authentication through the campus network. There are three different methods: Software, Web, and Mobile. Software takes a little more time to setup the first time, but it works with all resources. Web is known to not work well with many of the streaming media resources.