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International Encyclopedia of Dance

A good starting point for your research is the Dance Perspectives Foundation's International Encyclopedia of Dance, part of the Oxford Reference online collectioni.

Dance Portal

Wikipedia's Dance Portal is a good place to start if you want to explore what kinds of articles Wikipedia contains about dance. Articles featured on the portal's front page might also be good places to look for examples of how to put together your own Wikipedia article.

Researching Your Topic


Here are some pointers for finding information on your Wikipedia article topics:

  • Start by consulting the library's Dance Research Guide.
  • For newspaper articles on your topic, start with the Newspapers section of the Databases @ Emory site or the Newspapers in Print and Microformat research guide.
  • Don't forget to look in reference works such as subject-specific dictionaries and encyclopedias. They might have articles on your topic, and individual entries often include bibliographies of recommended publications. 
  • Think creatively about subject searching in the library catalog or elsewhere. (See "LC Subject Headings" below.) For instance, if you're researching the Ballets Russes, also try searching for information under "Diaghilev, Serge." This is where initial background research will be helpful. See the Dance Subject Headings page in this guide.
  • Also try searching under broader, related topics. For instance, if you're researching an artist who makes dance films, try looking in discoverE for more general books with the Library of Congress subject heading "Dance in motion pictures, television, etc."
  • Check WorldCat for books and other materials not held at Emory. You can often request them through Interlibrary Loan, and the turnaround time is usually very quick.
  • Try searching in Google Books to find any mentions of your topic within published works. Not all books are available for searchng in this manner, but it can often turn up books that you wouldn't have identified otherwise.

Subject Guide

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