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Dance: Dance Medicine

Starting points for research in dance

Dance Medicine/Science Databases


MedlinePlus * is a great place to get authoritative, but still understandable, health and medicine information. It includes information for both consumers and clinicians on the prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions.


SCOPUS * is a huge multidisciplinary database that leans heavily into the side of science. It's a really great place to find journal articles when you're getting started searching.

CINAHL Complete * is a nursing database that provides excellent information from journals, health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, book chapters, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, and clinical trials. Covers journals such as the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science.

PUBMED * is a medical database containing over 16 million citations on all aspects of medicine dating back to the 1950s.

AccessMedicine * is a database of medical textbooks and standard reference works. It's a great place to find authoritative medical facts.

Natural Standard * provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative therapies. It covers topics such as: Foods, herbs & supplements; Sports Medicine; Health & wellness; Comparative effectiveness; Medical conditions. All materials undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion in this database.

Performing Arts Medicine Association Bibliography bring together over 14,000 citations specifically related to performing arts medicine. Excellent resource to use because all resources are already focused on dancers and other performing artists. Find citations in this bibliography and then look for the full text using other library databases.

Web of Science * is a multidisciplinary database that has a large amount of medical information related to dancers, performing artists, and athletes.

Academic Search Complete * is a large multidisciplinary database with excellent coverage of dance, nutrition, exercise, etc.



Search Tips

Search Tips 

  • An asterisk (*) is a truncation symbol. It will retrieve multiple forms of the same word. For example, searching for "dance*" will retrieve dance, dancer, dancers, danced, and dancer's BUT NOT dancing.
  • Try searching for "dance*" AND your topic to retrieve articles that specifically address medical problems of dancers.
    • For example: "dance* AND nutrition"
  • If you can't find articles that specifically address your medical topic as they pertain to dancers (remember, the field of dance science is still relatively new) search for related artists and athletes like:
    • Music* AND nutrition; Performing artist AND nutrition; Gymnast* AND nutrition; etc.
  • Likewise, remember to search for synonyms of words as some research might refer to one concept with one word and another might refer to the same (or very similar concept) with a different word
    • For example: Nutrition OR Diet OR Lifestyle
  • If you initially retrieve too many results (or they aren't relevant to your search) try to limit your search by searching more narrow indexes like:
    • Title, Abstract, or Subject: Search words that appear in article titles, abstracts, or subject headings are much more likely to be relevant to your topic rather than just keywords (the default search option for databases) that happen to appear anywhere in the text


Anatomy TV * allows the user to interact with 3D models to learn about human anatomy. Students can choose anatomy by region of the body (e.g., hip, knee, foot) and also by therapy (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, pilates).