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Finding books and videos

You can use Sofia to:

  • Locate material in university libraries:
    • Books, including reference books and electronic books
    • Journals, newspapers & magazines, including electronic journals
    • Videos and other non-print formats
    • Course reserves

To identify resources about specific playwrights, do a SUBJECT search in Sofia, using the playwright's name, last name first. Look for subdivisions, such as Interviews, Characters, Criticism and Interpretation, Dramatic Works, or the title of a play.


To identify resources about theatre topics, do a KEYWORD search in Sofia. If your search retrieves only a few books, look at the SUBJECT HEADINGS of one of your retrieved records for hints on the terminology used in Sofia.

For Example:

Continuously updated, the Cambridge Companions Complete Collection includes the full text of the books in the following two series: The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics and The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture. The Companions to Literature include international playwrights. Other noteworthy titles: Cambridge Companion to the Actress, Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Theatre, Cambridge Companion to Performance Studies, and many others.

Located on the 3rd floor of the EV Building, the Visual Collections Repository includes "a media library, bookings and reservations for in-class presentations, preview rooms, learning laboratories with individual workstations, duplication services and reference services. Of special interest to students is the growing collection of video titles: there are currently 8,000 including 2,000 on DVD."

WorldCat is a worldwide union catalogue created and maintained collectively by more than 10,000 member institutions, including Concordia Library. Its resources span thousands of years and include lists of materials from books to recordings to archives.

  • Use Advanced Search for more search options, such as language, format, audience, subject and genre

Search other library catalogues, such as other Montreal and Quebec libraries; Canadian, national and international libraries. If Concordia Library does not have the items, you can request most of them via Interlibrary loans.

Created by Alexander Street Press Theatre in Video, covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history, featuring original stage productions, captured and recorded while performed for a live theatre audience. When complete, Theatre in Video will contain more than 350 full-length plays and documentaries.

  • Includes all 37 BBC Television Shakespeare videos

NFB Campus features films, excerpts, trailers and interactive works produced by the National Film Board of Canada, including documentaries, animations, experimental films and fiction in both French and English. Go to Subjects --> Theatre

  • Access to some features of NFB Campus requires individual registration. Ignore billing information, and choose "Concordia University, Montreal, QC" as your institution.

OntheBoards.TV is a streaming database of HD-quality full-length performance films by international, contemporary, and innovative artists working in dance, theater, music, and “other forms that defy categorization.” This resource also includes curriculum guides and contextual materials for classroom instruction. Coverage is on contemporary performances.

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