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Dance Research Guide

A guide to Library Resources for Dance.

The Importance of Articles

One of the most important resources Dance majors need -- right up there with videos of actual dance performances -- are scholarly (and often peer-reviewed) journal articles. These can be difficult to find, especially if you rely on the open web. Instead, start in some of the databases listed below to find dance-related journal articles. If you find a record for something that isn't available in full text, you can use InterLibrary Loan to request it.

Databases for Articles

For online, scholarly journals, start in some of these databases to find dance-related articles.

Discovery Search

WMS Discovery (OneSearch) is a tool that searches across most of the databases that we have, including the library's catalog of physical resources. Search Discovery to find books, journals, e-books, DVDs, videos, images, and more! 

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!