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Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.

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Routledge Performance Archive contains a streaming video collection that includes: 'Theatre Making and Processes,' 'Live Art and Performance,' and 'Acting and Actor Training.'


Oxford Reference Online is a full-text scholarly reference collection, providing coverage of the full subject spectrum, ready reference, and the resources of the Oxford Companions.


Theatre in Video represents hundreds of leading  playwrights, actors, and directors.  Included in this database are online streaming video of live performances, as well as film documentaries, covering the pre-eminent names in theatre.

Articles & Journals

Periodicals are important sources of information in your research. Library databases include articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Need more information on popular and scholarly periodicals? Check out the link Is it a Magazine or a Journal? For a list of all periodical databases, consult the Databases by Subject page.

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JSTOR provides full-text access to articles from over 1400 scholarly journals in a diverse array of arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.  EBSCOhost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Premier contains full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals.  Masterfile Premier provides more general and popular periodicals

Gale Literary Sources is a cross-search platform that includes Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online, as well as a robust collection of online reference books in literary studies.



Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.
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Try Library Reference & eBooks Databases

Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.
Picture of the book cover for "The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance" Picture of book cover for "The Ultimate Scene & Monologue Sourcebook: An Actor's Guide to Over 1,000 Monologues and Scenes from ore than 300 Contemporary Plays " Picture of the book cover for "Theater: It's Art and craft" Picture of the book cover for "The Methuen Drama Dictionary of the Theatre"

Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
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Academic Video Online Database Logo

Ambrose Video Database Logo

Films on Demand offers streaming educational videos on a wide range of subjects.

Academic Video Online is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines, including drama, film, and music & performing arts. 

Ambrose Video Streaming Video Collection contains streaming video of over 70 documentary and educational film series, in a variety of disciplines.  BBC production of all 37 Shakespeare plays are also available with this database.



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