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Dance Research Guide

A guide to Library Resources for Dance.

Finding Books in the Library

Even if you're a Senior Dance Major and you've done research before, it can still be difficult to find books in the library. Please don't hesitate to ask for help at the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk! Sometimes books are misplaced or missing, and sometimes it's just hard to find them according to their call numbers.

Ask! We're here to help!

Books: For Scholarly Research

Use the Library Catalog/OneSearch to search for books on a particular dance-related topic, starting with a general "All Fields" search to see what you can find. Make sure to note which location the book is found in. Dance books in Myrin Library are located either in:

  • The Main Stacks on the third floor.
  • The Folio Section on the second floor, if the books are oversized.

The call number for most Dance books begins with the Dewey Decimal call number of 792. Other books may be found with the call number of 793, such as folk dancing. 

If you are not having much luck with a keyword search, you can use a subject search by selecting the "Subject" drop-down from the main search box on the Library homepage:

This can be tricky, but here are some examples of subjects you can use (the links will take you directly into the catalog with the search results for these subject terms):‚Äč

As you are searching in the Library catalog, you may see a combination of print books and e-books side by side in your search results.  If you'd like to see just one format or the other, you can use the Format filter in the left margin to fine-tune your results. 

If you discover an interesting title that we don't have access to either in print on online, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request and we will borrow the book for you from another library.

Citing Your Sources!

Citing your sources properly -- yes, even the images you use and the performances you watch, as well as any interviews you might conduct -- is important and required.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) citation resources are the best ones out there on the web. Generally, Dance courses require that you use either MLA or Chicago style. Detailed information on both styles is available here.

Librarians can help with citations, too!