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E-Resources Collection

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Dance in Video

Provides 900 hours of video content covering the 20th and 21st century dance. The collection includes performances, documentaries, interviews, and instructional videos from the most influential performers and companies. The diverse content supports a wide range of courses, from dance history and dance appreciation to choreography, dance composition, and improvisation.

Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection

Presents the historical context of 20th and 21st century dance through curated primary and secondary full-text materials, including photographs, correspondence, magazines, dance notation, and reference materials, supporting informed performance, pedagogy, and scholarship in dance.

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Digital Theatre Plus

It provides leading British theatre productions of Shakespeare plays, modern dramas, musicals as well as learning resources and exclusive interviews with some of the best-known directors, actors and producers.

Drama Online

Drama Online provides easy access to over 1,500 play texts and over 80 hours of video from leading theatre publishers and companies including Shakespeare’s Globe.


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A digital library of 1.5 million images in the areas of arts, architecture, humanities and science contributed from museums, libraries and photo archives. The images can be used for classroom instruction and related activities such as educational presentation and student assignments, etc.

Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis

A collection of more than 160,000 pages digitized from over 400 western European medieval and early modern codices from Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) member institutions. The manuscripts range from brightly hued, gold-leafed illuminated works of art to functional texts intended for studies in science, philosophy, and religion.

Note: Copyright owned by PACSCL.

Bloom’s Literature

Provides access to a wealth of literature works from contemporary and classic writers from around the world including videos, topics of research, author profile and interview, classic works and poems.

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Britannica Image Quest

Provides access to more than 2 million rights cleared digital images for non-commercial and educational use. The quality images come from the world leading museums and respected image libraries. 

Credo Philosophy Essentials Collection

Allows you to cross-search of full text articles from 14 titles of reference e-books which cover a full range of philosophy subjects.

Online References
Films On Demand

Provides unlimited access to more than 25,000 streaming videos across different disciplines, including art & architecture, English, careers & job search, communication, fashion studies, music & dance, philosophy & religion, and more, as well as different subject areas like dance & drama therapy, drama and the theatre, elements of language, films and movies, video & audio production, etc.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text

Contains full text of more than 170 journal titles and citations  of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.

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JSTOR. Arts & Sciences III Collection

A gateway to over 220 journal titles covering a wide range of subjects including languages, dance, music, film studies, performing arts, religion and architecture. Also includes additional interdisciplinary titles in folklore, feminist & women's studies.

Online References

Streams thousands of movies, documentaries, and other videos covering a broad range of subjects, including Dance, Design, Fashion, Film Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Education, Career Development and more.


It provides online classes in a wide range of subjects like acting, directing, filmmaking, music production, and screenwriting. Each class includes video lessons, and downloadable workbooks with assignments which are available on the web and mobile app.

Note: Login is required for access to the classes. Please find the login information at the Login for Databases page.

National Theatre Collection

Covers more than 20 lives world class performance videos, offering the exclusive digital performance resources never previously seen outside of the National Theatre’s archive.

Performance Design Archive Online

Features primary and secondary resources, including sketches, photographs, technical drawings, monographs, articles and dissertations, and a selection of videos. It covers all aspects of theatre production design, from the 17th century through to the present day, including scenic and set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, makeup and more.


ProQuest Ebook Central

Provides full text of more than 8,500 academic eBooks on Music, Film and Arts from leading publishers.

Theatre in Context Collection

Includes over 40,000 pages of reference works such as encyclopaedias, images, flyers, playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera, which can help staff and students to understand the historical significance of certain plays, their popularity and to see a more comprehensive picture of the life and evolution of dramatic works.

Online References
Chinese Folk Art Museum

It contains over 15,000 Chinese pristine art works covering folk art treasures in the forms of New Year painting, shadow play, paper-cutting art, face painting, garment, auspicious signs, etc.

Cultural Heritage-The Land

RTHK’s TV Programme focusing on the geographical beauty of mainland China. A series of 8 episodes of cultural documentary, including “The Sands of Time”, “Land of Fire and Ice”, “A Floating Wonderland”, “Mirrors in the Highlands”, “The Fantastic Canyon”, “Dancing with the Rainforest”, “People of Mount Danxia”, and “Water as Vast as the Sky”.

Note: Copyright owned by RTHK.

New Talent Drama 2019

Please visit here to view RTHK’s TV Programme “New Talent Drama 2019”.  It included a series of 8 episodes which was a commissioning drama project for the first time producers.  

Note: Copyright owned by RTHK.

Young Film Maker II

Please visit here to view RTHK’s TV Programme “Young Film Maker II”.  It included a series of 10 episodes of graduation productions produced by students from film studies as well as winning and shortlisted entries from the Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival and the Hong Kong Interschool Film Festival.  Through the dialogue between the production crew and industry veterans, audience can have a better understanding of the world behind the scenes.

Note: Copyright owned by RTHK.


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Dictionaries & Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Complete collections of Encyclopedia Britannica, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the Britannica Book of the Year. It contains a gateway to more than 75,000 articles, 75,000 definitions, 10,000 illustrations including photographs, drawings, maps and flags and 166,000 links to web sites. 

Oxford Reference Online

A cross search platform that provides full-text access to more than 100 titles from Oxford University Press. The collection includes subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference works in more than 20 subject areas.

China Reference Works Online

Collects over 3000 volumes of reference works from over 200 publishers in China including Chinese dictionary, bilingual dictionary, specialized dictionary, encyclopedia, illustrated book, atlas, biography, handbook, and so on.