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IRIE! Dance Theatre - UR Library Guide

The University of Roehampton’s LibGuide for IRIE! Dance Theatre. This guide provides information on Library and IT resources for students and staff.

Coronavirus alert

Important - Change to University of Roehampton Library Opening Hours

We treat your well-being and the health of our community extremely seriously. Following on from the Vice-Chancellor’s message concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that the safest and best way forward for the time being is to have online library services only.

The Library building is closed - our online Library Anywhere is fully available.

Any e-resources that you usually access will continue to be available as usual, and you can contact the Library by email or chat Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

You can find more information and support for University of Roehampton students, staff and people in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) on the dedicated University webpage.



Databases are specialist online collections of academic materials such as journal articles and research papers. Many provide access to the whole article, whilst others provide abstracts (summary) and citations (author/title/publication details) only. These are useful for academic study because they provide high-quality, authoritative and up-to-date research in your subject area. 

Roehampton provides you with access to certain online databases, which require authentication via the OpenAthens system and your Roehampton login. It is always best to use the database links provided in this guide rather than searching for databases on the Internet, so that you go straight to the University of Roehampton's login page where you can enter your Roehampton username and password to access the database.

If you experience any problems accessing the online databases or ebooks please refer to the 'Access instructions for databases and ebooks' pdf below. 

Physical copies of each textbook for your module readings will be made available via your home institution. Some titles may be available in ebook format too. These titles are available via DawsonEra, an ebook collection that contains books in many different disciplines (see link below).

To access Roehampton’s ebooks you will be required to authenticate. Almost all of our resources use a system called OpenAthens to enable you to login with your Roehampton username and password.

If you experience any problems accessing the online databases or ebooks please refer to the 'Access instructions for databases and ebooks' pdf below. 

Referencing Styles

The main referencing style used at Roehampton is a local version of Harvard - see the guidance below. Please note: there is no standard style of Harvard referencing, every university/institution has their own version. In addition, please be aware that online reference generators such as Mendeley, Zotero, etc. will also contain a different version of Harvard. 

If you are unsure which referencing style to use please check with your tutors.