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Dance: Search Strategies

Where to Find What:

Not sure how to find hardcopy books and videos, ebooks, streaming online videos, scholarly articles, databases, and more? Here's your brief guide:

Dance concepts: Online catalog search terms

Finding books, ebooks, films, and more:

  • Searching the library catalog by Dance is the most general way to start. You'll get a mix of books, films, and other materials from the library catalog.
  • This “dance” search is a good starting point, but it will yield too many results for most situations. You’ll see “Narrow by Tag” option with many more choices for steering your “dance” search in a more specific direction
  • To zero in on your research area, you’ll need to narrow your search: (1) Narrow it down by the aspects on your left side, or (2) search specifically with other search terms for very specialized aspects.
  • You can use any of these keywords, or even search terms of your own. From there, you can further narrow down results by additional search tags, library locations, and types of materials (left side of your screen).

Tip: search terms like these are also useful for finding articles in the library’s online databases.

Search Terms relating to Dance include types of dance, historical periods, countries, continents, and regions.Types of dance include e.g. jazz, free-style, ballet, ballroom, modern dance. Dance from certain times in history includes ancient dance, Romantic ballet. Examples of country-specific dances include Russian dance including folk dances and ballet; an example of dance by continent includes African dance.

See more in the More Search Tips tab.

Example Search Terms for Dance

General Dance search terms

Geographical and cultural dance:

Dance by type

Dance by time period

See More Search Tips for finding more specific dance terminology, by country, type, and more sophisticated search strategies..