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Dance: Start Here

Resources from the West Valley College Library and elsewhere

About this Guide

Welcome to the Dance Resource Guide

On these pages you will find information to help you with researching topics for PE.TH 051 - Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective. Review each of the tabs above to see how to find relevant information quickly on your topic.  If you are having difficulty, call the Reference Desk at the Library: 408-741-2029.

Research Steps

  1. Watch the video to the right
  2. Read about your dance in the International Encyclopedia of Dance
  3. Go to the "Find Books" tab and search for books on your dance.
  4. Go to the "Find Web sites" tab and search for reputable web pages/articles on your dance.
  5. Go to the "Formatting your Paper" tab to learn how to write citations and format your paper in Microsoft Word.

Using the Encyclopedia of Dance

This short video will explain how to use the International Encylopedia of Dance to start your research.

Tips for Online Students

The International Encyclopedia of Dance can be found in most reference sections of large public libraries. If you are taking this class from another region, search "Encyclopedia of International Dance" in Worldcat to find a library near you.Worldcat is the world's largest library catalog:

West Valley College Library

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Reference Desk: 408-741-2029