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Theatre 325 Course Guide: Modern Dance I

Martha Graham, Edward Steichen, photographer, gelatin silver print, 1931, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

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The Cambridge Guide to Theatre [CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2000.
A wealth of information on the history and present practice of theatre in all parts of the world.

International Encyclopedia of Dance: A project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc., Oxford University Press, 2004.
Main Level, Reference: R 793.303 In8I [6 vols]

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2002.
"Offers wide coverage of dancers, choreographers, teachers, composers, technical terms, major works, important films, and organizations involved in the dance world. It embraces the new activity within traditional forms like ballet as well as the stream of new dance languages invented by fresh generations of choreographers and the many dance forms imported from the rest of the world. There is information on classical ballet, Spanish flamenco, Indian Bharata Natyam, Japanese Butoh, and jazz. The volume also covers post-modern dance, examining everything from Balanchine to recent practitioners of Eurocrash, minimalism, and contact improvisation. Ranging from the history of music to the changing design of the ballet shoe, this is a comprehensive dictionary compiled by two leading authorities on dance." ORO

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture [GVRL], Thomson Gale, St. James Press, 2000.
Also available in print, Main Level, Reference: R 973.9 Sa22S [3 vols]
Most of the modern dancers or choreographers for this class are covered in this online resource.

SAGE eReference Collection
This collection of over 40 authoritative and award-winning social sciences encyclopedias from Sage Publications is available online. Search across all titles for entries on Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, modern dance, etc.

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Biography Resource Center & The Complete Marquis Who's Who [Thomson Gale]
Biography Resource Center includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

Chambers Biographical Dictionary [CREDO Reference], Chambers Harrap, 2003.
Also available in print, Main Level, Ready Reference:
R 920.03 C355C



Citation Style   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
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  Modern Dance
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Academic Search Premier - Humanities [EBSCOhost]
Search this subset of full text peer-reviewed humanities journals indexed in Academic Search Premier.

Arts & Humanities Search [FirstSearch] 1980 - present  
The online equivalent of ISI's Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Provides complete indexing for many of the world's leading arts and humanities journals in a broad range of disciplines. Also includes individually selected, relevant items from thousands of the world's leading science and social sciences journals. 

An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

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The New York Times Archive
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

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Artlynx International Arts Resources: Dance
[Richard Finkelstein]
Choreographers, dance history, video sources, world & ethnic dance links, and more.

The Costumer's Manifesto: Dance Costume Links [Tara Maginnis, Ph.D.]

Dance Magazine.com [Macfadden Performing Arts Media LLC]
Online articles, videos, resources, blogs.

Dance in Photographs and Prints [NYPL Digital Gallery]
Scores of dance photographs feature specific dancers, and range from publicity stills to professional photographers' vintage prints.

Internet Public Library – Dance Resources [University of Michigan, Drexel University]

Librarian’s Internet Index - websites you can trust: DANCE [California Digital Library]
Try also searching “entire collection” for your choreographer.

NY Times Dance [New York Times]
Dance section online with reviews, news, multimedia slide shows, blog.

Voice of the Shuttle – Dance Links [Alan Liu]

Online Ballet Dictionary [American Ballet Theatre]
Video demonstrations by ABT Company dancers of ballet moves. "A unique interactive resource designed to bring dance to the Web and make it accessible to everyone. Dover Publications has graciously allowed the use of 170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, which are then demonstrated by ABT Company dancers." ABT

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