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The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in Dance. Most of these resources are located in the Knight Library on the second floor, with reference resources on the third floor in the Music Services reference collection.

Why use encyclopedias?

Use encyclopedias to compile background information on your topic.  Academic encyclopedias provide essay-type articles written by expert scholars, and usually include bibliographies for each entry, which can point you to recommended books and articles on your topic. Some of the encyclopedias linked here are online, while others are physical books located in the Dance section on the Index Table in the Music Reference area on the 3rd floor of Knight Library.


Consult these sources (as well as the encyclopedias below) for definitions of terms in dance:

Subject Encyclopedias

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Music and Dance Librarian

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Ann Shaffer
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I currently work on campus on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and work remotely on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. I am available for in-person research consultations on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and for virtual consultations (via Zoom, Teams, or phone) on any weekday.
Subjects: Dance, Music