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Online Reference Works

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  • International Encyclopedia of Dance
    With nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries, the Encyclopedia covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.


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  • Dance in Video
    Provides access to streaming video of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.
  • TED Talks About Dance

Reference Books

International Encyclopedia of Dance

GV 1585 .I586 1998 v. 1-6

Also available online

International Dictionary of Ballet

GV 1585 .I57 1993 v. 1-2

Both are located in the Fine Arts Library Reference collection



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    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
      Access content in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance as well as full-text for titles including Canadian Theatre Review, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Modern Drama, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Research in Dance Education, Research in Drama Education, Studies in Theatre and Performance, TDR: The Drama Review, Theater, and many more. Full-text available.
    • JSTOR
      Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, and Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full-text available.
    • Times Digital Archive (1/1/1785 - 12/31/1985)
      Complete digital archive of The Times (London), except for the Sunday edition. Can be searched using keywords. Materials indexed include all articles, advertisements, illustrations, and photos. Full-text available.
    • Academic Search Premier (1/1/1984 - )
      Multidisciplinary database covering social sciences, humanities, education, physical and life sciences, and ethnic studies. Over 3,500 journals are indexed. Some full-text available.
    • New York Times Historical Newspaper (1/1/1851 - 2005)
      Archives the historical New York Times, including full page digital reproductions of every page from all available issues. Full-text available.
    • Web of Science
      This database indexes several dance journals including Tanz and Dancing Times..

    Journals -- Online & Print

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    • Dance Chronicle
      Full-text available online 1977- one year from present
    • Dance Magazine
      Full-text available online 1998-present.
      Prinet copies available at Fine Arts 1952-present.
    • Dance Research
      Full-text online 1983 - One year from present.
    • Dance Teacher
      Full-text online June 2004-present
    • Dance today!
      Full-text online 2007-present
    • Dancing Times
      Full-text available online 2007-present.
      Printed copies available at the Fine Arts Library 2001-present.
      Microfilm copies available at Bizzell 1910-1951.


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