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Once subscribed, visit Subscriber Services to:
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How do I access Drama Online?
After your account set-up has been completed there are a variety of ways to access the site.
Most institutions will set up their access via IP-authentication. This means a user who comes to the site through a subscribing institution will automatically be logged in when accessing the site.
Librarians, you can find out about setting up your institution via Subscriber Services.
Some institutions require username and password authentication. If you do not know your institution's log in details, please consult your librarian.
If you have password access to the site, type your username and password into the login fields accessed from the home page. Remember that your password is case-sensitive.
As of 4 January 2013, the Athens Agent no longer works as an access management solution. Users should be advised to contact the person responsible for subscriptions to Drama Online at their institution.
If your institution uses authentication via Shibboleth, select the Log In button on the Home Page, then select Log In via your institution.
Library card access will be available on the site soon.
What is the different between Log In and Sign In?
Log In is for logging into the site via your institution. If your institution has IP recognition you will be logged in automatically.
Sign In is a personal login which allows you to use the bookmarking, note-taking and save search features.If you don't have a subscription, you can still create an account but the content available to you will be limited to free content only.
The Site conforms to level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
Take a tour of Drama online by viewing our video user guides.What content is included in Drama Online?
Drama Online contains many hundreds of plays from the very earliest Greek works right up to the present day. In addition there are background and contextual works on playwrights, theatre movements, genres, practitioners and periods, as well as scholarly monographs, major reference works, dictionary content, practical books on acting and stage craft, and over five hundred theatre production stills from the Victoria and Albert Museum Performance collection. You can view the list of plays, context and criticism and theatre craft works using the primary navigation options above. Images can be found through search, on the play pages and through Related Content.
The collection will continue to grow throughout the year. For the list of titles that please visit the Content List.
Do the play texts resemble the print version?
Following feedback from our market research we have made sure that page numbers and lineation echo the print version of the work. To view these you simply need to mouse over the text and they will appear.
For plays you will find any additional material associated with the play, such as Introductions and Chronologies, in the From the Book section on the play home page.
For the play itself, clicking on Read Play on the play home page will take you into the play content in the Drama Online reading environment (the Reader). The table of contents in the Reader can be hidden from view if desired, leaving a clutter-free page for you to focus on the content.
How do I view scholarly notes in the play text?
For plays that contain scholarly annotations, such as the Arden Shakespeare and New Mermaid Series, you simply need to mouse over the text; the highlights where notes are available will appear in blue. Clicking on the highlight will reveal the note. For notes that are not attached to any specific text the note icon will appear next to the relevant line number(s).
The Arden Shakespeare scholarly note icons explained:
Commentary notes provide explanations of vocabulary, literary or biblical references, theatrical interpretations and, where relevant, extracts from Shakespeare’s source material. Commentary notes are represented by the speech icon:
Textual notes are designed to let readers know when the edited text diverges from the early edition(s) on which it is based. Wherever this happens the note will record the rejected reading of the early edition(s), in original spelling, and the source of the reading adopted in this edition. Textual notes are represented by the book icon:
Footnotes are revealed on mousing over the text and will be revealed when clicked on.
What citation tools do you have?
The site supports the Chicago and MLA format. Click on the Citation icon to download in RIS format.
What content is available for free?
Drama Online has much content that is freely discoverable, this includes play descriptions, genre definitions, playwright and practitioner biographies. You can use our Advanced Search (see below) to find a play to perform using refining filters (period, author etc) and if you are looking for a specific cast size. You can also use this tool to find a monologue to perform. Users will not be able to access the play or book content itself unless they are subscribers. Drama Online also gives freely available information on who to contact regarding performance rights (see Production Enquiries below).
Can I print out and save any content from Drama Online?
How do I make bookmarks and notes?
As you work on Drama Online you can personalise the site as you go. Click on the yellow stars to add things to your bookmarks. When you are working in the text you can click on the Note icon to make a note or comment next to the text. The tag tool is for differentiating your bookmarks and organising them into projects. You will need to Sign In in order to use these features.
How does Related Content appear?
All content items within Drama Online have been indexed according to our taxonomy. This enables related content to appear.
Use the primary navigation bar to browse the list of plays and other content, playwrights, genres and periods.
The Quick Search box appears in the top of every page on the site apart from in the play/book. Enter your term into the box and select Search (or just press the Enter key). Quick Search performs a full-text search on all content types on Drama Online.
Search within this text
If you are keen to apply for amateur performance rights to any of our plays you'll need to approach the performance rights holder. Use our Production Enquiry feature on the play Overview page to find the correct contact information for this.
Play Tools include a Character Grid to help you view where characters appear and with whom they interact in the play.
Selecting a character or multiple characters will highlight their interactions only.
How do I make a Part Book (view the lines for my character only)?
If you select one of the dots in the Character Grid you'll be taken directly into the Reader to view the lines for that character and scene only.
Words and Speeches
On the same page as the Character Grid you will find a bar chart representing the shape of the play in terms of words and speeches. Selecting a character or specific characters from the Character Grid will change the graph to reflect the words and speeches for those selected. Hover over the bars for the precise word count.