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Academic Search Elite

This database provides full text of more than 2,100 journals covering the performing arts, communication, social sciences, humanities, multi-cultural studies and education. 

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Academic Writer

Designed to support teaching and learning of academic writing in APA style, it features full integration of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association® and hundreds of learning objects, including instructional videos, quizzes, samples, and more.

Research Tools
Alexander Street Press Databases

It offers access and cross search of resources from Art and Architecture in Video, Asian Film Online, BroadwayHD Collection, Dance Online: Dance in Video, Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection, Fashion Studies Online: The Videofashion Library, Film Scripts Online, Filmakers Library Online, Music Online: Classical Music in Video, Music Online: Classical Scores Library, Music Online: Opera in Video, The BBC Video Collection, and Theatre in Video.

American Drama 1714-1915

Contains more than 1,500 dramatic works from the early 18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century written by American dramatists.

American Film Institute Catalog

Compiled by specialist researchers at the American Film Institute (AFI), it is an authoritative database of American film information and the history of American cinema from 1893 to 1975, with additional records for major films from 1976 onwards.

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Art and Architecture in Video

It is an online streaming film collection, delivers over 600 hours of documentaries and interviews illustrating the art history, theory and applied topics on architectural and graphic design. The collection spans period and region, including coverage of the Renaissance, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Modern, and Contemporary art.


Streaming educational videos from artists and producers in different countries. The contents include masterclasses, documentaries, interviews, workshops and more, covering a range of subject areas, including Dance, Design/Fashion, Film/Cinema, Media/Television, Music, Performance Art, Theatre, etc.


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.

Asian Film Online

It offers over 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries and shorts curated by film scholars and critics, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights onto themes relevant across Asia, including globalization, social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity.  Such themes are central to any meaningful discussion of contemporary Asian culture and society.

Asian Traditional Theatre & Dance

This online reference indexes vastly illustrated web-based material focusing on the Asian theatre and dance traditions, and serves as an encyclopedia of names and terms related to the Asian performing arts.

Note: Copyright owned by Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Online References

Provides access to 282,270 sound effect files and 45,300 production music tracks from recognized audio publishers. Staff and student of the Academy are welcome to search, sample and download audio files for synchorization into works for educational purpose.

Online Music and Sound Effect Libraries

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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.

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. 

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.

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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.


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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.