on Dance Topics
Books and Videos | Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles | Websites
Subject Searches| Keyword Searches| Useful Starting Points| Palomar College Databases| NYPL Dance Catalog
Books and Videos
In order to locate books and videos on dance topics students should start with a library catalog. Some good catalogs to use are:
The call number range for dance topics is from GV 1580 to GV 1799, with dance bibliographies shelved at Z 7514. Some sample subject searches:
Dance--Cuba (or the name of another particular country)
Name of dance (such as Rumba)
Folk dancing--Mexico (or the name of another country or region)
Choreographers--United States (or another region)
Dancers--United States (or another region)
Keyword Searches for a Type of Dance
When the student has a particular dance to research (example the Hora), it is better to keyword search the catalog for the name of the dance. A keyword search will scan the content notes of any videos the library has on folk dance or world music. These videos often include footage and commentary on the dance. Keep in mind that if your specific dance and country name does not show up in a search of the catalog, you may have to think in terms of a region rather than a country.
Search South Pacific or Polynesia rather than just Hawaii for Hula
Search Indonesia rather than just Bali or Thailand
Search the Middle East rather than just Iran or Persia
Books and videos that focus on the culture and/or travel to a particular country can also be sources of locating information on dance topics
If materials are located at another library, consider Inter-Library Loan services to request materials not available at Palomar College Library. The Reference Desk can assist with this request and fees are nominal.
Useful Starting Points
Some of the more helpful starting points in researching dance, located at Palomar College, are:
- International Encyclopedia of Dance, Palomar Library Reference, GV1585 .I586 1998.
- The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance [video recording], Palomar Library Circulating Media, M1627 .J3 1988. This set contains folk dancing and folk dance music information for many regions of the world. Written pamphlets accompany the video set.
- International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Palomar Library Reference, GV 1585 .B46 1998
- JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance [video recording], Palomar Library Circulating Media, ML 3580 .J83, 1996 (Europe); ML 3760 .J83 1996 (Africa); and, ML 3549 .J83 1995 (Americas).
When searching for dance topics do not overlook the fact that many music encyclopedias and resources may also have dance information within them. Many ballet and dance theater materials are shelved within the music books and videos. Also, many of the world and ethnic music books have dance information mentioned as well.
Images for dance can be found by using the following sources:
Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Articles
Students will need to locate magazine, newspaper, and journal articles on their dance topics. Magazines can be a good source of reviews of particular dance companies or for biographical information on dancers. Newspapers often review dance performances. Journals provide scholarly research on dance topics. Palomar College Library subscribes to many databases helpful to the dance researcher. Some suggested starting places for finding this type of resource are:
Palomar College Databases
New York Public Library Dance Collection-Catalog
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dance Collection
an online catalog which indexes books, programs, tapes, records, clipping
files, illustrations, and articles in periodicals relating to dance. This
catalog is an extremely useful tool for finding information and articles on
Palomar College librarians have created a set of subject links on Dance.