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DANC 265: Performing the Orient

Prof. Phil Chan - Fall 2022

Getting Started: Selected Reference Books

Use these sources at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms or related terms that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources also include bibliographical references that may prove helpful.

Finding Books


Catalyst is the shared online catalog of the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College. It provides an access point to the books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources available at Carleton or St. Olaf.

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases you can use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a keyword search, where you may use any words you like).

When starting out, it is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and then to examine the subject headings of the results you find relevant. Catalyst displays these subject headings as links and clicking on one of them will automatically conduct a subject search for that particular topic. If you have trouble finding relevant sources using a keyword search, ask a librarian for help.

Search WorldCat, an online catalog for libraries throughout the world, to take your search beyond Northfield.

Call Numbers
Browsing the stacks can help you evaluate the library's collection in a given field of study. The following call number ranges contain works relevant to dance:

GV1580-GV1799.4 - Dancing

GV1585 - Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
GV1601 - Dance – History
GV1743 - National Dances. Folk dances and dancing
GV1751-1753.5 - Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
GV1763 - Square dances. Quadrilles. Country dances.
GV1781-1783.5 - Theatrical dancing
GV1785-1786 - Dance – Biography
GV1787 - Ballet
GV1799 - Dance for children

ML3400+ - Dance music

Finding Articles

Use databases and indexes to locate articles and book chapters on your topic. Gould Library does not subscribe to all of the titles listed in these resources. If we don't have what you're looking for, take advantage of our InterLibrary Loan Services.