Contemporary Dance: Modern 1/2

Spring 2013

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-115H; Catherine A. Wagner (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Journals
  • Citing Sources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (1974 to present)
Citations to and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art; some entries date back as far as the late 1960s.

Arts & Humanities Database
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

Full-text backfiles of over two thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)


Biographical Dictionary of Dance. Barbara Naomi Cohen-Stratyner. AC reference GV1785.A1 C58 1982

International Dictionary of Modern Dance. AC reference GV1585 .B46 1998

International Encyclopedia of Dance [online]. Selma Jeanne Cohen and the Dance Perspectives Foundation.

Dance on Camera: A Guide to Dance Films and Videos. Louise Spain, ed. AC reference GV1595 .D342 1998

Dictionary of Dance: words, terms, and phrases. Susan Macpherson, ed. AC reference GV1585 .D528 1996

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Debra Craine and Judith Mackrell. AC reference (+online) GV1585 .C78 2010


Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

The Joyce Theater on YouTube

New York Live Arts on Vimeo

Walker Art Center dance

Dance in Video (Online database, available at Smith and Mount Holyoke)


Contact Quarterly

Dance Chronicle

Dance Chronicle (Online)

Dance Index (1942-1948)

Dance Magazine

Dance Research

Impulse (1951-1970)


Performing Arts Journal (Online)

Theater (Online)

Citing Sources

MLA, Chicago, and APA formatting and style guidelines, from the OWL at Purdue
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide online, from the full Chicago Manual of Style