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Dance History & Criticism (2020)

A guide for students in dance, created by librarian Maryke Barber

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New York Times Subscription

The Library offers a free group subscription to The New York Times for current faculty and students. To use this subscription in Summer 2020, email a request to Maryke Barber at

Database Search Tips

Use AND to connect ideas
Use (  OR  )  to search synonyms or related terms:
(women OR female) AND (choreographers OR directors)

Place names or other phrases in quotations:
“contact improvisation”

Use truncation to search all forms of a word:  
for performer, performers, performance, performances…

Use subject headings: find them under “subjects”, “thesaurus” or “index.” JSTOR doesn’t have s.h.’s; for more precision, search the abstract only.

Too-short articles? Specify length. Lexis-Nexis uses “and length>400”

Check HELP: not all databases use the same commands!!

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.