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General guide to print and online resources for dance studies

I need books

The Rutgers Libraries have many books, including online books. To search for books, use the Rutgers Libraries catalog.

  • Detailed instructions on how to use the catalog can be found  here
  • If you find a book located on another campus and you would like it delivered to a more convenient location, click on the button on the right of the record, "Book Delivery/Recall."

I can't get to the library, what books do you have online?

  • You can search the catalog for online books.
  • After you enter your search term, click on the filter on the left that says "Available online"
  • Your search will return only items that are available online.

Dance subject headings

These are general subject headings related to dance.  When you click on the link, you'll see related subjects and more specific subjects listed below the main topic. 

Browsing for Books

Libraries at Rutgers University are organized by the Library of Congress classification system, which organizes books on the shelf by their subject. Here is a list of the call numbers where you can find books on dance on our shelves:

GV 1580: Dance periodicals
GV 1585: Dictionaries, encyclopedias
GV 1587: Terminology, abbreviations, notations
GV 1587.5: Directories
GV 1588: Philosophy and theory
GV 1589: Study and teaching
GV 1590-94: General overview of dance
GV 1595: Special aspects of the subject
GV 1596: Pictorial works
GV 1596.5: Juvenile works
GV 1597: Dancing as a profession
GV 1600-1620: Dance criticism, appreciation, history
GV 1621-1728: the above by geographical region
GV 1735: Apparatus and equipment
GV 1740-41: Ethics; Dancing and the church
GV 1743: National dances. Folk dances (general)
GV 1746-1771: Social dancing. Ballroom dancing
GV 1781-1795: Theatrical dancing
GV 1782.5: Choreography
GV 1783: Modern or expressionistic dancing
GV 1783.5: Religious dance
GV 1784: Jazz dance
GV 1785: Biography
GV 1785.8-1786: Dance groups or companies
GV 1786.32-1790: Ballet
GV 1793: Clog dancing
GV 1794: Tap dancing
GV 1796, A-Z: other dances, alphabetical by dance name
GV 1798: Gymnastic dancing; rhythmic exercise
GV 1799: Dances for special classes of persons

ML 3400-3465 - Literature on dance music

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