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Dance: Books

A guide to resources for study and research in Dance

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Find books, articles, and more at WMU

Dissertations & Theses

Many dissertations are available online. If not online, they can usually be borrowed through interlibrary loan.

Finding Books in WMU Libraries

Find books and e-books using Library Search (search box to the left).

Searching hints:

  • Type keywords in the box to the left, click on "Search."
  • Once you have completed a search, you can try an Advanced Search from the results screen and combine several terms to find books on specific topics.
  • To find a book by a person, search the name as an author.
  • To find a book about a person, search the name as a subject.
  • To limit Library Search to only books, scores, and other items owned by the WMU Libraries, click on the "Books and Media" tab.
  • Use categories on the left of the results screen to narrow your results.

Before going to the stacks:

Be sure to look at the location and status of the book in Library Search. Most books are shelved in General Stacks, but some are in the Reference, Textbooks, or Oversize areas.

Call Numbers for Dance

The dance collection is primarily in the Music and Dance Library at these call numbers.

  • GV 1588 Philosophy, study and teaching, etc.
  • GV 1600 Criticism and history
  • GV 1621 Dance by region or country
  • GV 1743 Folk and social dance, including jazz
  • GV 1753, GV 1784 Jazz
  • GV 1781- 2 Production, choreography, etc.
  • GV 1783 Modern dance
  • GV 1785 Biography
  • GV 1786 Ballet
  • GV 1788 Ballet - Technique and teaching
  • GV 1794 Tap
  • GV 1799 Dance for children and other special groups
  • RC 1220 Dance medicine and therapy

Additional books on dance education and therapy may be located in Waldo Library and the Education Library.

Finding books in other libraries

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