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General guide to print and online resources for dance studies

Background Information

This page highlights some of the sources for background information available through the Rutgers University Libraries and online. These sources are great starting points to understand specific terminology and gain basic understanding of various topics.



Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


These reference sources for biographies give short and simple overviews of the careers of major figures in dance. They also point to major research sources for investigating these figures further.


Bibliographies help guide researchers through the literature of what has been published up to that point. They are useful for understanding the scope of research at a certain point in time, and may highlight resources that you may not discover through keyword searching.


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