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A GUIDE TO DANCE MATERIALS

HOW TO FIND BOOKS: THE ONLINE CATALOG

The Library Online Catalog is used to find books, DVDs and videorecordings about a particular person or subject. Some general subject headings for dance are:

Choreography

Dance production

Dance music--History and criticism

Dance therapy

Dance notation

Dancing


There are also subject headings for types of dance:

Ballet

Jazz dancing

Square dancing

Disco dancing

Modern dance

Tap dancing

Folk dancing

Round dancing


Headings that primarily cover biographies include:

Ballet dancers

Dancers

Choreographers

Names of individuals and

Dance Teachers

Organizations

Many headings have subdivisions that describe a book's contents in more detail. Some examples of these are:

Dancing - History

Dancing - Study and teaching

Dancers - Russia - Biography


It's generally best to check all the subdivisions under a heading so that useful materials aren't overlooked.

Some additional dance subject headings in our catalog are listed below. To find other headings, you can search in the Online Catalog using the browse subject command option. Of course, you can still look in the Library of Congress Subject Heading List (on a stand across from the Reference Desk). If a heading is listed there in bold type or with a "sa" (see also) abbreviation preceding it, you may find it in the subject catalog.

Dancing (in religion, folklore, etc.)

Dancing for handicapped persons

Dancing in art (Literature, moving-pictures, television, etc.)

If you are looking for recordings or scores of dance music, many of the headings above apply. Others that are useful are:

Ballets

Dance music

Ballet dance music

Folk dance music

Of course, you may also search for dance music and books using the names of authors and composers or titles of works in the author/title catalog.

To locate books beyond those in the statewide I-Share catalog, search WorldCat. This online catalog provides citations to books and other materials in nearly 40,000 libraries in 76 countries.

TO FIND ARTICLES IN JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPERS
The following online databases cover the field of dance:

Journal Databases

Academic Search Premiere (EBSCO)

IIMP (Int'l Index to Music Periodicals)

JSTOR

Humanities International Index (EBSCO)

RILM

Newspaper Databases

Historical New York Times

Newspaper Source (EBSCO)

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe

Other Recommended Online Sources

Dissertation Abstracts (Ask a librarian to
access for you)

Grove Music Online

Internet Search ( Google)

Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library Jazz

An additional aid to finding journal articles is :

Guide To Dance Periodicals (Ref. GV.G6) - for older articles

Lovejoy Library subscribes to the following dance journals:

American Ballet Theatre

General:

Contact Quarterly

Performing Arts Journal

Dance Chronicle

Theatre and drama journals

Dance Magazine


The Electronic Journals (SFX) search option on the online catalog should be checked to ensure that Lovejoy Library has the particular journal issue needed. If the library doesn't have the journal you need, articles from the journal can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Dance journals from 1980 through current issues are shelved on the second floor near the microforms and photocopying areas. Most pre-1980 issues are kept in storage and can be requested from the Circulation Desk for delivery usually within 24 hours. All are shelved alphabetically by title.

OTHER IMPORTANT REFERENCE SOURCES
There are a number of useful resources in the Reference Collection and the Music Listening Room. Check materials in the GV 1585-1790 and ML-MT call number ranges. Of special note is the International Encyclopedia of Dance, vols. 1-6 (Ref. GV 1585 .I586 1998). Another useful index is the New York Times Index (Ref. AI 21.N45).

See Therese Dickman (618-650-2695) or a Music Listening Room staff member (618-650-2685) if you have questions.

Therese Dickman's email: tdickma@siue.edu

Lovejoy Library homepage: (www.siue.edu/lovejoylibrary)

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