Books, articles, and DVD/Media resources for dance research
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2013
- Academic Search Complete
Contains both magazines and peer-reviewed/scholarly journal articles related to all topics, including dance.
- Humanities Source
- SPORTDiscus with Full Text
Covers topics related to the physical or "sport" aspect of dance, as well as information for setting up dance studios or facilities.
Completely full-text database but does NOT have current issues (not the last 5 years or so).
Dance journals are listed under the "Performing Arts" category.
- Physical Education Index
Use for dance information especially as it relates to education.
Only has links to FULL-TEXT.
To search for the full phrase of your topic, put "marks" around the phrase:
For example, "Scottish sword dancing" will pull up only articles that have those three words right in a row.
- What is a database? (Video)
This short video gives a good overview of what a database is (in an Australian accent).
- Finding Articles
Use this tutorial to help you find articles if you aren't sure where to start.
- Citation Linker
Have the citation? Plug in what you know about the article and this tool will search our databases for a full text electronic copy.
- Scholarly vs. Popular
This tutorial will help you learn what a scholarly article is.
- Business Source Complete
Use to find information about running a business, starting a (dance) company, etc.
- Ethnic NewsWatch
Provides “additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press.”
Limit to scholarly articles if you need to avoid “popular” magazines and newspapers.
Full-text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas
- Academic OneFile
A database similiar to Academic Search Complete but has some articles from journals that are not available there.
- LexisNexis Academic
Covers newspapers from around the world. Use to find articles, dance reviews, and information about dancers.
Use these databases if you need to find historical or cultural information about a country or place where a dance originated.
- America: History and Life
Indexes articles for U.S. and Canadian history.
Links to full-text articles IF available from the Drake library, otherwise use Interlibrary Loan.
- Historical Abstracts
Indexes articles and books on history, excluding the U.S. and Canada.
Links to full-text articles IF available; otherwise use interlibrary loan.
We have the journal Contact Quarterly in print. You can search through its index online to find what articles it has.