Visual Culture

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Visual Culture

This topic aims to bring together resources which include substantial non-textual content. Most of the resources listed are intended for private research and study purposes; some are for use within education; very few permit commercial use or use outside of the University.  To avoid infringement of copyright, always refer to the copyright or terms of use within each resource. If you are in any doubt, please visit the Copyright Guidelines web pages, in particular the Types of Material section.

The University subscribes to many online archives which also contain significant non-textual content. Visit the Subject Pages to find these.

This site includes video tutorials covering writing and production skills, guides to style and ethics and briefings on key topics such as UK politics, the European Union, sport, business and the military.

A diverse range of collections from the BFI. The University is unable to subscribe to the full range of films but you can view a wide range of free collections. 

Formerly known as ArtFilms, this resource brings together award-winning, international film and videos across a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects including visual arts, architecture, music, film, dance, history and culture.

Additional access instructions:

Authentication required for off-campus access

Bob gives anyone in UK Universities access to television and radio programmes from 75 free-to-air channels. Search the archive of over 2.2 million broadcasts and watch films, documentaries, news programmes and more. It is the permanent archive for BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Find some great tips about how to use BoB in these short videos.

Additional access instructions:

For use in the UK only.

This resource, from Learning on Screen includes a Moving Image Gateway to 2,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials, News on Screen resource for the study of newsreels and cinemagazines, Archives and Footage from screen heritage, including film production and television and video equipment, and International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio.

Watch high quality films of leading theatre productions. Discover how plays are brought to the stage in interviews with the creative teams. Learn about interpretive choice through detailed analysis of play texts.

Watch this 5 minute video for an overview of the content and how to navigate it.

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• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

This third National Theatre collection offers 20 performances, from Greek tragedy, a medieval morality play, and Shakespeare, to plays about Generation Z.

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

National Theatre Collection: Volumes I & II bring the stage to life through access to high-definition streaming video of world-class productions and unique archival material offering significant insight into theatre and performance studies. Through a collaboration with the U.K.'s National Theatre, the collections offer a range of digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive. 

Watch videos and podcasts from the University of Oxford on key issues concerning journalism

• Stash 

Access over 5,000 design, animation and VFX projects.

Additional access instructions:

VPN required for off-campus access


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