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Dance: Books and eBooks

Starting points for research in dance


There are thousands of eBooks available through the UCI Libraries. Some of the essentials for dance include:

Oxford Handbooks Online: Dance *

International Encyclopedia of Dance *

Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2nd edition) *

EBL Collection *

  • Database with thousands of full text ebooks on all subjects, including dance.

For additional information about ebooks, see the eBooks Collections Guide.


Find Books

If you are searching for a particular book or want to discover a book on a certain topic, you should use a catalog to locate a book.

MELVYL is the library catalog that can search just the UCI Libraries, the libraries across the entire UC system, or thousands of libraries worldwide. This is an excellent tool to not only discover materials on our shelves but also those not held locally that you can then request through Interlibrary Loan.

The best way to locate a biography on a dancer or choreographer is to search for their inverted names (e.g., Nijinsky, Vaslav) as a SUBJECT search.

If you want to browse the dance collections to discover something new then head up to the 3rd floor of Langson Library. Dance materials (history, biographies, performance related topics, etc.) are found between the call numbers GV1580-GV1800. While browsing can be a great way of discovering what's on the shelves, don't forget that you will probably need to use many different materials that aren't focused specifically on dance (such as political, racial, and gender theories) to help frame your discussion.

Materials related to dance medicine will generally be found in the Science Library. Books actually about dance medicine are found in RC1220.D3; however, many physical therapy, athletic training, and medical books also located in Science Library will also be relevant depending on your topic.


Performing Arts Librarian

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Scott Stone
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