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Dance in Video Restricted Resource

Contains hundreds of hours 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.

Multidisciplinary Databases

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Project MUSE Restricted Resource

Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

MasterFILE Premier Restricted Resource

Be sure to use if researching ballet, since access to Pointe, the international periodical focusing on working dancers, is available here. This database includes popular, general-interest publications, so investigate your sources if you are limited to sch

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Databases for Related Disciplines

America: History and Life with Full Text Restricted Resource

Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.

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AnthroSource Restricted Resource

1888-present. Full-text online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists. Developed by the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

Bibliography of Asian Studies Restricted Resource

1971-present. An online index of scholarly literature on all subjects (especially humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia.

GenderWatch Restricted Resource

1970-present. A collection of hundreds of international journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, special reports, and conference proceedings devoted to the impact of gender across a broad range of subject areas.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource

Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.

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Sociological Abstracts Restricted Resource

1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.

American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies Restricted Resource

Good to use for dance in Eastern Europe, especially Russia, Poland, former Soviet Union. Draws from some important dance publications, with links to JSTOR full-text for older articles, and abstracts for newer articles, some of which are available in our print collection.

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Scholarly Articles

Dance Research Journal Restricted Resource

The Dance Research Journal is the official journal of the Congress on Research in Dance. DRJ carries scholarly articles, book reviews, a list of books and journals received, and reports of scholarly conferences, archives, and other projects of interest to the field.

Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD)
Print Location: Burling 4th Floor East v.52 (1981) - current

Locations: Burling 4th floor East; and, Current Periodicals.  Emphasis on dance and movement education. Indexed in Education Research Complete database.

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Print Location: Burling 4th Floor East v.51 (1980)- current

Locations: Burling 4th floor East; and, Current Periodicals Article topics include physiological and mental aspects of dance, as well as teaching. Indexed in Education Research Complete database. 

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource

Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries

Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.

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WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Center for Research Libraries

A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.

New York Public Library

The Dance Collection is the world's largest research collection dedicated to documenting dance;also search the Digital Collections for dance images.

Primary Sources


UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts.  All mate rials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s), and UbuWeb is completely free.

DRAM Restricted Resource

Streaming audio of hard-to-find music recordings from independent record labels and archives, such as New World Records and Composers Recordings, Inc. Covers a wide range of genres of American music. Also provides complete and original liner notes and essays.

Naxos Music Library Restricted Resource

Fully searchable streaming music service primarily for the genres of classical music, contemporary jazz, and world/folk, with New Age, pop/rock, and Chinese orchestral music represented as well. Also offers various reference materials and podcasts.

Naxos Video Library Restricted Resource

A streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries, including 300 full-length videos from which you can create custom clips to add to individual playlists. This international collection makes subtitles available in over 5 languages and is searchable by by category, role, composer, artist, production personnel, work, venue or festival.

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource

Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource

Gateway to music research and access point for full-text Oxford music reference publications, including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Current Biography Yearbook
Print Location: Burling Ref CT100 .C8

Covers 1940 to present.  Updated by Current Biography monthly supplement.

Core Collection in Dance
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor GV1594 .C67x

International Dictionary of Modern Dance
Print Location: Burling Reference GV1585 .B46 1998

International Encyclopedia of Dance: A Project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc.
Print Location: Burling Reference GV1585 .I586 1998

Web sites

Accelerated Motion: Toward a New Dance Literacy in America

A series of dynamic and interactive educational materials aimed at fostering a multidisciplinary understanding of how movement ideas are enacted in various aspects of American culture.  Produced by the Wesleyan University Press & the Academic Media Studio; supported by a grant from NITLE.


An online project under development at Florida State University.

Congress on Research in Dance

Publisher of the Dance Research Journal and CORD Newsletter. USE the DANCE COMMUNITY tab to find additional web sites devoted to special areas of interest such as dance education, dance therapy, dance films, sacred dance, etc.

Dance Films Association

Dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera.

Dance Heritage Coalition

Use ACCESS link. This website is a metasite for dance researchers, with tutorial, finding aids, and links to catalogs of major holdings of primary sources.

Library of Congress American Memory: Performing Arts & Music Collections

Select promising collections before trying your search words. See especially Variety Stage Motion Pictures.

Library of Congress Performing Arts

Search the Performing Arts Resource Guide OR for digital items also use the Performing Arts Encyclopedia search box.

Offers high-quality videos of full-length performances by some of today's most provocative artists working in dance, theater, music and other forms that defy categorization.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper

Collection of links to guides for citation styles, prepared by the Duke University Libraries via Fisher College.

Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: Perm Reserve Z253 .U69 2010

On permanent reserve at Burling and Kistle.

MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi
Print Location: Perm Reserve PN147 .G444 1998

This style guide is used frequently in the humanities.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.


Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

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