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Dance: Books

Provides links and library resources in the field of dance. By librarian, and ballet dancer, Gareth Scott

Getting Started: Online Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great place to get an overview on a topic and identify some keywords you can use to search for articles.

Some Keywords for Dance include:

  • african american dance
  • ballet
  • belly dance
  • break dancing
  • dance
  • folk dancing
  • hip-hop AND dance 
    (hip-hop on it's own will also bring up all the music-related materials)
  • jazz dance
  • modern dance
  • swing dance

Super Search: print and electronic books

Try searching for print and electornic books in Super Search.

1.  Enter your search terms

2.  In the sidebar on the left, under Source Types, click Books

Dance Books

Find Books

The Peninsula Library System Catalog includes books from libraries throughout San Mateo County.  To search only for books at Cañada,under location select Cañada.

To request books from other libraries, place a Hold.  You will be asked to enter your library card number and PIN.  The book will be sent to Cañada in 3-5 days.


EBSCO Academic ebooks  70,000 full-text ebooks on academic subjects from business to science and engineering to the humanities.

Sample Book/Ebook

Encyclopedias in our reference collection provide overviews on topics in anthropology.  They are good starting points: