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Dance & Choreography: Start

Use basic research tools, databases, and dance performance criticism to illuminate the language of the body, movement practice, choreography, dance performance.

From our library collection

Start with OneSearch (Library Home Page)

Think about Research Strategically

  • Do a quick scan first for background information:
    • Use One Search, the default search box on the library home page, to find a few articles
    • Use Dance and Theater Encyclopedias recommended on this guide
    • Search for the choreographer’s website
    • Look at Wikipedia.
  • Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for:
    • Journal articles using databases recommended on this guide.
    • Reviews of dance and theater performance in the major newspapers and magazines.
    • Books that provide a larger context for a specific dancer, choreographer or performance practice.
  • Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source, to find for leads to more sources
  • Evaluate the sources you have found. Where is the information coming from, is it biased, is it scholarly, is it up-to-date, can you retrace where the author found the informaiton? Are you using primary material (e.g. videos, interviews with the choreographer, photographs, reviews of opening night in newspapers).
  • Cite all of your sources of information using MLA Style.

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