Encyclopedias and Background Information
The Oxford Dictionary of Dance Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010
International Encyclopedia of Dance New York: Oxford UP, 2005
International Dictionary of Modern Dance Detroit: St. James P, 1998
Dancers and Choreographers: A Selected Bibliography Wakefield: Asphodel P, 1995
The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology New York: Routledge, 2012
Click on the blue headings below to explore additional recommended sources for research in Dance.
You can also browse all dance journals.
To find out if SMC owns a specific journal use the Periodicals List. Use ILLiad to order articles not available at SMC. To check to see if a journal is peer-reviewed, look up the journal title in Ulrich's Periodical database. A referee icon indicates that the journal is peer-reviewed.
Performing Arts / Humanities databases:
Full-text access to journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and other presses....
Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in the...
The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts...
Indexes and abstracts 1,470 arts and humanities journals Provides the number of times cited and...
Dissertations & Theses database:
Includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester; those...
Discover articles and books from many of our databases.
Search Albert, the SMC Library's online catalog, for books, films, and music available at SMC. To search for a specific book, search by author or by title. To search for books in general about a particular topic, try several of the following subject searches:
Ballet -- History
Choreographers -- United States
Dance -- Anthropological aspects
Dance -- History
Dance -- Philosophy
Dance -- Political aspects
Dance -- Reviews
Dance -- Social aspects
Dance -- Sociological aspects
Dancers -- United States -- Biography
Halprin Anna (e.g.)
Sex in dance
Or try different keyword combinations, e.g. keywords:
Brazil and (music or dance)
China and dance
To search the contents of ebooks try:
Ebrary Academic Complete is a highly interactive eBook database from ebrary that covers all...
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive, a free, online, video resource in which visitors to the site can view dance clips and information from the 1930s to today.
To search Albert for films type keywords or a title into the search box then click on the arrow on the right and change "Entire Collection" to "Films Videos".
The accepted citation style for dance is MLA (Modern Language Association) style which is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. For help citing use the MLA Style Guide from SMC Library and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.).
Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.
- Writing and Composition: Custom Edition for Saint Mary's College ENGL 003 and 004 (call #808.042 Sa24
- Writing research papers across the curriculum, by Susan M. Hubbuch (call #808.042 H862 at the Circulation / Reserves Desk)
The Writing Center
Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (CWAC), or "The Writing Center" offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by De La Salle - next to Hagerty Lounge, or call: 925.631.4684
Locating Theses in Proquest
To locate, for example, MFA in Dance theses, you can use the following search fields:
Degree -- DG (m.f.a.) AND Subject -- SU (“dance”)
Crews, Kenneth D. and ProQuest. Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities. 2013.