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Research Methodologies Library Skills Session 1 8 October 2013 1

Contents 1. The Library Home Page


2. Finding reading list items – using the Library Catalogue


2.1 Searching for a journal using Library Search


3.0 Subject-specific Databases


4. Collections in the RHUL Libraries and Archives


4.1 RHUL Libraries


4.2 RHUL Archives


4.3 Special collections


5. Accessing other libraries


5.1 Senate House Library, University of London


5.2 M25 Group of libraries


5.3 British Library


5.4 British Library - Newspaper Library


5.5 Westminster Central Reference Library - Performing Arts Collection


5.6 Theatre Museum Library and Archive


5.7 Laban Library and Archive


5.8 National Theatre Archive


6. Help with library enquiries


Appendix A. Managing your Library account online



1. The Library Home Page The Library home page is a good starting point for using any type of Library resource, as it provides a link to the catalogue, e-journals and other online resources. From here you can also access the Drama Subject Guide: Here you can find news and information about books, subject-specific e-resources, other libraries useful for your study, and sign up for training sessions with your information consultant.


2. Finding reading list items – using the Library Catalogue Library Search is available online and can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. You can access it from the library home page:

Using Library Search you can:

Find a specific book or journal

Find e-books and e-journals

Find DVDs, videos and CDs

Search by author’s name, book or journal title or by subject

Check availability of titles on a reading list

Renew items out on loan to you to avoid paying fines

Request items that are on loan to another user

Reserve Short Loan items for specific day and time

Advanced Search: The Advanced Search allows you to search under specific criteria.


Exercise 1: Find the following books in the library catalogue and answer the questions about them.



(a) Megson, Chris (ed.) The Methuen Drama book of naturalist plays. Methuen Drama, 2010 Which library holds the book? How many copies of the book are there?

(b) Thomas, David. Theatre censorship: from Walpole to Wilson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Which library holds the book? What is the location number of this book?

(c) Use the Books, Music and Films tab to find this film: Brother bread, sister puppet. A film by Jeff Farber. What is the location number of this film? How many copies does the library hold and which format is it available in?

(d) Find and access the following e-book: Gerald Bordman and Thomas S. Hischak, eds. The Oxford Companion to American Theatre, 3rd edn. Oxford University Press: 2004. Find the entry on Show Boats: Who launched the Floating Theatre venue?

2.1 Searching for a journal using Library Search To find journals you have three options 7

Option 1 - E-journals A-Z links to an alphabetical list of electronic journal titles (this won’t include journals held in print) Option 2 - Journal Title search: search for a journal by title in the main search box. On the LibrarySearch screen click the Journals tab to only see Journals.

Many journals are available electronically as well as, or instead of, in print. The electronic journals say ‘Online Access’ underneath the title. How to find a journal using the Journal Title tab.

Morris, N. 2002. ‘The developing role of departments’. Research policy, 31 (5), p. 817-833 1. Enter Research policy in the Search box, click Search 2. Click the Journals tab 3. The journal will appear in the results list; click on the title for details 4. If it is online it will have the option to view online underneath. (If it is in print it will only show the locations link below. 5. Another tab will open containing a menu (see below for an example). This provides a link to the full text of the electronic journal when available. (In this case through the database ScienceDirect Freedom Collection) 6. Click on ScienceDirect Freedom Collection link 7. The electronic version of the journal will open in a new window 8

8. Click on the year you want and select the desired volume and issue The article you are searching for will be listed and you can read it, print it, email it to yourself or save it. Please note: Not all links will provide the full text of a specific article. Your options will vary depending upon our subscription. •

Full text of the article

Abstract of the article

A link to the holdings in the Royal Holloway library catalogue

A link to the holdings in other libraries

Option 3 – Article Title Search: search for a journal article by its title in the main search box. Martin, Adrian (2008) ‘What’s happening? Story, scene and sound in Hou Hsiaohsien’, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 9:2, 258-270.

 Click All to view all kinds of items.  Use the limiters to Show Only Peer-reviews Journals  Look for Full Text Available  Click View Online and follow the link to the journal article page


3.0 Subject-specific Databases If you can’t find what you need in LibrarySearch try searching a database. The library has many different databases. Some databases focus on a subject, like literature. Some have research from particular countries. Some have historic information and some just have current research. A successful database search will produce a list of journal articles relevant to your subject. In many cases there will be a direct link to the full text but some records will simply give you an abstract (summary) and details of which journal, year and volume you need to check. Some databases show other types of publications like newspaper articles or images. You’ve just got to find the right database for you topic. To see which databases are most relevant to your subject have a look at the Drama Subject Guide. In the next session we will look at the subject-specific databases and how to search them.


4. Collections in the RHUL Libraries and Archives 4.1 RHUL Libraries There are two libraries on Royal Holloway campus: •

Founder’s Library houses materials related to arts, literature and languages. Most

relevant print books and journals for Drama and Theatre students can be found here. However, you may also need to consult materials housed in the Bedford or the Music Library. •

Bedford Library holds material related to social science, history, economics and

science. Subjects covered also include drama therapy and anthropology. 4.2 RHUL Archives The RHUL Archives Service holds the archives of Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges as well as special collections and other historical research resources. It is located on the third floor of the South Tower of Founder's Building (enter through Founder's Library). If you would like to visit, please make an appointment in advance (email: 4.3 Special collections RHUL libraries and archives house a variety of special collections which may be of interest to Drama and Theatre students. The most important are: •

Coton Collection: The collection originated in the personal library of the late

Edward Haddakin (1906-1969), the ballet and dance critic who wrote under the name of A.V.Coton. It comprises books, journals, programs (including souvenir items) and photographs. The books and journals in this collection are recorded on the Library catalogue and can be found mostly on the open shelves in Founder's Library at the location number indicated for each record. Programmes, photographs, and calendars in the collection are being stored in RHUL Archives. •

Gay Sweatshop Collection: The papers and records of the Gay Sweatshop Theatre

Company, formed in London in 1975. The collection comprises scripts; financial and 11

management information; programmes; correspondence; press cuttings; designs; photographs; contracts and letters. •

Half Moon Collection: The papers and documents of the Half Moon Theatre

Company, formed in 1972 in Aldgate East London. It went on to become an important venue for left-wing theatre. The collection comprises management and financial papers; publicity materials; photographs; scripts; press cuttings and photographs. •

Red Shift Theatre Collection: This award-winning art-house company was formed

in 1982 and received acclaim for its performances of radical new versions of English and European classics, along with innovative new works. Red Shift’s attempts to make productions accessible and relevant to modern audiences are documented in a diverse and visual collection of records. •

Theatre Cuttings Collection: Press cuttings from English and American newspapers

with a few articles from journals. The majority are reviews of theatre and ballet productions in Great Britain, mostly London, and the USA, mostly New York. Coverage; 1910s-1930s. •

The Roy Waters Theatre Collection: bequeathed to Royal Holloway in 2010, is a

collection of theatrical ephemera including autograph letters, programmes, photographs, playbills, prints and artefacts amassed over forty years by the teacher and school inspector, Roy Waters. The material reflects his varied interests, which ranged from miniature theatre to the careers of well-known names such as Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. A project is underway to catalogue the collection, making it accessible to the staff and students of Royal Holloway and the wider research community. Updates will appear on the archives online catalogue:


5. Accessing other libraries You may need to use other libraries to access books, journals or other information sources which are not available at RHUL. Clicking on Other libraries from the library home page provides links to other institutions’ library pages as well as to several joint catalogues. 5.1 Senate House Library, University of London Senate House Library holds a national research level collection for Humanities subjects. Free library membership is available to Royal Holloway students. In order to join Senate House Library, please take your RHUL College Card. Location: Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU The web catalogue and other information including opening hours and special collections can be found on their website: You can also register online to use Senate House Library online resources. To do so, please find the “Register online to use Senate House Library” link on the RHUL Library website. 5.2 M25 Group of libraries The M25 group of libraries includes many local universities. You will be able to use many of these, although use will sometimes be REFERENCE ONLY. Various libraries allow borrowing access (particularly for part-time students) with a SCONUL Access introduction, which you can obtain online: Click on any Library name to apply – you only need to do this once. It is always advisable to contact a library before you visit to confirm that •

you will be allowed to access the library

you have all the necessary documentation with you

you will be able to access required items - restrictions may apply to visitors

Information on member libraries can be found online: 13

5.3 British Library The British Library at St Pancras is the national library holding all books published in the UK. It also has a wide range of other books, journals and online resources. All researchers can apply for a reader’s pass, but passes are issued subject to individuals' needs to use specific items. Please check application requirements before your first visit. Information about applying for a British Library reader’s pass is available from the BL website: Location: British Library, St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB 5.4 British Library - Newspaper Library The Newspaper library holds long back runs of UK and some overseas newspapers as well as many magazines. For admission you require a by British Library reader pass (see above) or a Newspaper reader pass. For further information about accessing and using the British Library Newspaper Reading Room please check: Location: British Library Newspapers, Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5HE 5.5 Westminster Central Reference Library - Performing Arts Collection Westminster Central Reference Library has a collection of some 8,000 books and a variety of journals related to the Performing Arts. The library is open to anybody for reference use. For more information about using this library check: Location: Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin's Street, London WC2H 7HP 5.6 Theatre Museum Library and Archive The Theatre Museum Reading Room and Archives core collection contains photographs, programmes, playbills and other sources. It also contains the National Video Archive of Performance. The V&A Theatre and Performance Collections archives can be accessed in 14

the reading room at Blythe House in Kensington Olympia. You will need to make an appointment by contacting In the Reading Room researchers can look at material from the archive, the reference library and also the National Video Archive of Performance. Please state whether an archive booking or a video booking (or both) is required, as there are limited viewing spaces for videos. Location: Theatre Museum Reading Room, Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX 5.7 Laban Library and Archive The library has a special collection on the subject of dance and movement. The Archive collections include photographs, theatre programmes, working papers, and documents. The Laban Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, scores, and documents relating to the life of Rudolf Laban. Visitors may use the Library and Archives for reference, but must schedule an appointment. A charge of ÂŁ10 (ÂŁ5 concs.) per day or part of a day applies. For further information please check: Location: Creekside, Deptford SE8 3DZ 5.8 National Theatre Archive The National Theatre Archive holds administrative and technical records of the National Theatre. The collection covers the period from the inception of the company in 1963 to the present day. Material accessible to the public includes programmes, posters, photographs, videos, press cuttings, prompt scripts, production drawings, costume, lighting, and sound information. The Archive also holds the records of the Shakespeare Memorial National Theatre Trust (1908) and the South Bank Theatre Board.


The National Theatre Archive is open to anyone with an interest in the theatre’s history. Enquiries can be made by post, phone or e-mail. You can also visit the archive by prior appointment. Please note that there are limited video viewing facilities. To find out more: Location: NT Archive, NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut, London SE1 8LL


6. Help with library enquiries If you require any help finding books, journal articles or other information sources, or if you need information about accessing other libraries please email, phone or visit the Information Consultant for Drama: Kim Coles Room 2-08, Bedford Library Email: Tel: 01784 414017 For general library queries please email: or phone: •

Bedford Library: 01784 443823

Founder’s Library: 01784 443321


Appendix A. Managing your Library account online You can access your library account via the library catalogue. In order to do so you need to know your College computer username and password. How to access your library account: 1. Go to Library Search 2. Select the option Sign In 3. Enter your College computer username and password. 4. Choose My Account. 5. You can then check details about your current loans, previous loans, hold requests and cash transactions. You can also renew loans. Renewing your library loans 1. Go to Library Search 2. Select the Sign In option 3. Enter your College computer username and password. This will enable you to view details relating to your library account (loans, previous loans, hold requests, etc) 4. To renew your items please select Loans. This will bring up a list of all items on loan to you. Use the Renew All option to renew them all at once or the Renew option next to the item to renew them individually Please note: You may not renew: •

Items from the Short Loan collection

Items that have been requested by another user

Any items, if you have outstanding unpaid library fines exceeding £35


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Royal Holloway Library skills session 1. 8 October 2013