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Dance: Reference

Guide to Dance resources in the UCSB Libraries

Why Use Reference Books?

Use reference books (encylopedias, handbooks, dictionaries etc.) to get an overview of topics you may be interested in researching. The more background information you have on a topic of interest, the more you will be able to think of promising research questions.  The information in reference books tends to be factual or widely accepted information, rather than critical and or debatable information and ideas.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • a collection of reference books
  • something on most topics
  • a good starting point

Reference Tools


Woman Dancing on Flower

Lithograph poster, [c. 1895].  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

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