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Selected Resources for Dance History & Ethnology Classes

Fall Semester 2017

Books | Periodicals | Web Resources


Note: many of these headings may be subdivided geographically, e.g:

Dance--Sri Lanka




Dance History

Dance--Religious Aspects

Dance--Social Aspects


Folk Dancing [subdivide geographically, e.g. "Folk dancing -- Jamaica"]


Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At other Ohio Libraries OhioLINK Catalog
In North America For ILL WorldCat


Reference Books

International Encyclopedia of Dance
Ref. GV 1585 .I586 1998
Encyclopedia of World Cultures
Ref. GN 307 .E53 1991
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Main Stacks: ML100 .G16 1998, 10 vols.
Includes some dance-related articles
A Core Collection in Dance
Main Stacks: GV 1594 .C685 2001
Note: bibliography, not text; this book is a guide to books and other resources
The Music and Dance of the World's Religions: A Comprehensive, Annotated Bibliography of Materials in the English Language
Main Stacks: ML 128 .S17 R87 1996
Note: bibliography, not text; this book is a guide to books and other resources


Indexes to periodicals for Dance Research

Other useful indexes and databases

Academic Search Complete Indexes about 2000 periodicals -- both scholarly journals and popular magazines; covers 1986-Present, with some fulltext coverage starting in the early 1990s.
New York Times Index Index Table 2 and Older Indexes
Index to the New York Times, starting in 1851.
Nexis Uni 20 years of full text general, governmental & industrial news, including reviews
Other Anthropology/Ethnography Databases

Locating Journals:

At Wittenberg:
Online Fulltext Journal Listing -- covers print and electronic periodicals
At other Ohio academic libraries:
OhioLINK Central Catalog (Note: you cannot get periodicals through OhioLINK)


Evaluating Web Site
Citing Electronic Source
International Folk Dance, Dayton and Ohio
Local folk dance organizations in information
Dance Studies Assn: Online Resources
Dance Styles from Sapphire Swan Dance Company
Links to information on various styles of dance from around the world.
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia constantly under revision by its users. Because it may be edited by anyone, it is not the most reliable source in the world, but it is generally good for basic background information, and can be an excellent source of links to other websites.

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Compiled by Ken Irwin.

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