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Library Research Guides


This is a guide to finding Library materials and getting started with research in the area of dance.

Selected Reference Sources

Call Numbers for Dance

Click here to see an outline of Library of Congress call numbers for dance.

Mirlyn Search Tips

1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase: e.g., "martha graham" or "contact improvisation"

2. Use “AND” to combine multiple search terms: e.g., dance AND anthropology

Finding Books on Dance

Use Mirlyn, the online catalog of the U-M Library, to search for books. You'll find a link to Mirlyn in the upper-right corner of any library webpage.

If you know the name of the book you need, simply perform a title search in Mirlyn. Use quotes around phrases for the best results.

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To find books on a particular topic, try an "All Fields" search or, if that retrieves too many results, try a "Subject" search to focus your results. You may find it useful to use the "Advanced Search" page, as that also allows you to narrow your results by format, if desired.

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Navigating Your Results

Once Mirlyn has retrieved your results, you can use the refining options on the left to narrow the results further, if necessary. Otherwise, look for relevant items and click on the title to see more information about the item.

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Once you're in the catalog record, you can see more information about the item using the tabs labeled "holdings," "description," etc. With many materials, the table of contents is viewable too.

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