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Library Resources and Services for A&HD 6049 - Introduction to Doctoral Inquiry in Dance Education


Library Resources and Services for A&HD 6049

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Barbara Bashaw's Spring 2019 course A&HD 6049, Introduction to Doctoral Inquiry in Dance Education. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected to support the purposes of the course, i.e., to “orient new students to the expectations of doctoral study and to build community among Dance Education doctoral students,” as well as to cover “issues that are central to students’ doctoral studies and professional development.” The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Online Catalogs


EDUCAT - The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO Catalog

CLIO Catalog - A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.


WorldCat - A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries.  To find works pertaining to doctoral inquiry in dance education and related topics,  it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Dance [GV1580-GV1799.4]
  • Dance -- Biography [GV1785]
  • Dance -- Cross-cultural studies
  • Dance -- History
  • Dance -- Philosophy [GV1588-GV1588.6]
  • Dance -- Production and direction [GV1782]
  • Dance -- Social aspects [GV1588.6]
  • Dance -- Study and teaching [GV1589-GV1589.4]
  • Dance for children [GV1799]
  • Dance in education
  • Dance teachers
  • Dancers
  • Performing arts

Periodical Indexes

Dance- and Performing Arts-Related Databases

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance with Full Text (CU) - Content includes nearly 200 full-text journals and nearly 370 full-text books and monographs; subjects covered include ballet, cinema, comedy, dance, drama, film, mime, opera, puppetry, and theatre.

Music Index (CU) - A comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature, featuring digitized content from 1970 to present, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (CU) - Previously titled the International Index to Performing Arts (IIPA), this database covers the contents of more than 395 journals – over 160 of which are available in full text - including American Theatre, Dance Chronicle, Dance Teacher, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Opera News, and more.

Physical Education Index - Covers peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, and articles from the popular press on physical education and related fields, from 1970 to the present.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (CU) - "Extensive collection of bibliographic records and abstracts focused on music reference and other music related fields. Offers international coverage of books, bibliographies, conference proceedings, catalogs, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, Festschriften, films, iconographies, and videos."

Education-Related Databases

ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to education-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.

Education Full Text - Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

Education Index Retrospective - Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.

Education Research Complete - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

Related Humanities Databases

America: History and Life with Full Text (CU) - "Index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. The database indexes journals from 1964 to present and includes citations and links to book and media reviews."

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (CU) - Provides citations and abstracts for publications related to world history, excluding the U.S. and Canada, from 1450 to the present.

Humanities Full Text (CU) - Indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs.

Humanities Index (CU) - indexes over 320 international humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Topics include architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, education, economics, foreign affairs, environment, cinema, current affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion, and theatre.

Related Social Science Databases

Anthropology Online - "Brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives."

Anthropology Plus (CU) - Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AnthroSource (CU) - Covers current issues of the American Anthropology Association's journals and bulletins, as well as archived issues of all of the AAA' s journals, newsletters, and bulletins.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (CU) - A valuable online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research, IBSS includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951, providing broad coverage of international material and incorporating over 100 languages and countries.

SocINDEX with Full Text (CU) - Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. The database contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908, more than 830 books and monographs, and over 16,800 conference papers.

Social Sciences Full Text - Provides coverage of English-language journals across social science disciplines, with indexing from 1983, abstracting from 1984, and select access to full text from 1984 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts (CU) - Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

Multidisciplinary Databases

Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.


E-Journals Available Through Teachers College and Columbia University Libraries

Dance Chronicle (CU)

Dance Education in Practice

Dance Research Journal (CU)

Dance Teacher (CU)

ICHPER-SD Journal of Research in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport & Dance

Journal of Dance Education

Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CU)

Research in Dance Education

Federated Search Engines

Super Search

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Quicksearch (CLIO)

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:   articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

The Dance Encyclopedia (1967)

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998)

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)

International Dictionary of Ballet (1993)

International Dictionary of Modern Dance (1998)


Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2nd Edition) (CU) - "Featuring 815 articles by distinguished scholars from many fields and countries, the [2014] Encyclopedia of Aesthetics is a comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts—from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture."

Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) - The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

International Encyclopedia of Dance (CU) - "With nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries, the Encyclopedia covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers."

The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance (CU) - Published in 2010, this resource is "based on the celebrated Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, and covers styles and movements, organizations, regions and traditions; it has a particularly strong focus on biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers. New entries cover the people and companies who have come into prominence since the publication of the Encyclopedia".

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (CU) - The second (2010) edition of this work "covers all aspects of the diverse dance world from classical ballet to modern, from flamenco to hip-hop, from tap to South Asian dance forms and includes detailed entries on technical terms, steps, styles, works, and countries, in addition to many biographies of dancers, choreographers, and companies."

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (CU) - This 2005 reference work "provides information about theater and performance from ancient Greece to current developments around the globe. Areas covered include performances in playhouses, dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performances."

E-Collections ( Film, Sound, Text)

Entirely Online Materials

Alexander Street Press Databases - Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender), American Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance in Video (streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century), North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950), Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video (containing performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.

Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Arts, Education, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

Oxford Scholarship Online (CU) - Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in art, education, music, and other disciplines.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

The Dance Handbook (1990)

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing (2017) (see e-version below)

Research in Dance: A Guide to Resources (1994)


International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (CU) - "Providing a distillation of knowledge in the various disciplines of arts education (dance, drama, music, literature and poetry and visual arts), the Handbook synthesizes existing research literature, helps define the past, and contributes to shaping the substantive and methodological future of the respective and integrated disciplines of arts education."

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment (CU) - This 2017 publication "brings together a cross-section of artists and scholars engaged with the phenomenon of reenactment in dance from a practical and theoretical standpoint. Synthesizing myriad views on danced reenactment and the manner in which this branch of choreographic performance intersects with important cultural concerns around appropriation this Handbook addresses originality, plagiarism, historicity, and spatiality as it relates to cultural geography."

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater (CU) - "Scholars of theater and of dance having long worked in isolation from each other, developing different theories and methodologies, have begun to identify and explore common ground and develop common methodologies. This work hopes to establish this research field, lay out its salient dialogues, widen horizons of scholarship in the performing arts, and move the fields of dance and theater closer together."

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing (CU) - "The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing adopts a broad understanding of wellbeing, considering various applications of dance in promoting it. The five sections encompass diverse perspectives on dance and related movement practices, including (i) physical, socio-cultural and emotional aspects, (ii) performance, (iii) education, (iv) community, and (v) dance in health care settings. Within these diverse contexts, theoreticians, scientists, researchers and practitioners from around the world engage, and invited readers to engage, in configuring dance, wellbeing and creative cross-overs."

The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies (CU) - This 2006 resource " brings together, in a single volume, discussions of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation" and aims to serve "artists, scholars, and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area."

Reviews of Research

Current Overviews of the Literature

Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in numerous disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Linguistics, Sociology, and others.

Review of Educational Research - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.

Review of Research in Education - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

Citation Indexes

Databases for Tracing the Influence of Authors and Writings

Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

Scopus - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.

Columbia University Libraries

Other Morningside Libraries

You will find a complete alphabetical listing of Columbia University Libraries collections and services by clicking on the LOCATIONS tab on the top page of the Columbia University Libraries website. You may want to explore the websites of individual Columbia libraries for descriptions of distinctive collections, subject and research guides, and other valuable information and resources readily available online. Columbia University libraries, centers, divisions, and e-resources you may find of special value include the Barnard College Library, with links to research guides on Dance and Theatre; the Music and Arts Library; and Butler Library, the main humanities and history collection, which provides access to the Research Guides and Course Guides page, with links to guides on many additional disciplines and areas of study.

Library Services

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian - To explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.

Course Reserves

E-Reserves - Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery

Document Delivery - The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Digital Archives

Online Digitized Collections

Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of  ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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