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Dance Resources

The following is an overview of resources for Dance Studies at Kent State University. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Voelker at

Reference Books for Dance

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Biographical Dictionary of Dance
Profiles 2,900 figures in Dance History from Europe and the Americas.

Dance Words
Dance vocabulary arranged by topic matter. Includes an index of terms.

Dancer's Resource
A guide to workshops, conferences, artist's colonies and academic programs in dance.

International Dictionary of Ballet
Provides 750 entries on topics related to classical ballet. Coverage is international and ranges from the Renaissance to the present.

International Dictionary of Modern Dance
Contains over 400 entries on all aspects of modern dance, from biographical material to essays on movements and more.

International Encyclopedia of Dance
Six volume, comprehensive encyclopedia for the field of dance. Provides a bibliography of materials for each entry.

Oxford Dictionary of Dance
Provides concise definitions and explanations of terms, movements and individuals in the field of dance.

Research Databases

Follow this link to go to the Libraries' list of  "Theatre and Dance Databases", available from the Research Databases by Subject page.

Most Highly Recommended Databases for Dance

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • New York Public Library Dance Collection Catalog

Finding Books and Other Materials

Use KentLINK to search the holdings of the 14 Kent State Libraries. Most of the dance books are shelved within the GV1580-GV1799 call number range in the Main Library.  If we don't have what you need...send your search into the OhioLINK Library Catalog to find statewide holdings.  Items ordered from an OhioLINK institution take 3-4 days to arrive and circulate for 3 weeks (one renewal allowed).

Finding Dance Videos at Kent State

Go to the KentLINK catalog and perform a KEYWORD search for your key terms, selecting  "AUDIOVISUALS" as the material type limit.

Other Services

Setting up Print and Electronic Reserves

Go to the following website to learn about setting up reserves for your courses:

Interlibrary Loan

Use interlibrary loan to access books not available in KentLINK or OhioLINK and articles not available on the Kent Campus.  Go to the Interlibrary Loan page for more information.

New Materials in the KSU Collection

Search by fund code and date to see new items added to our collection. The New Materials search form is accessible from the libraries home page by clicking on "Locations and Hours" and then on "Services and Departments." Scroll down the alphabetical list to get the "New Library Materials" link. You may also go directly to:  

See your departments' Library Representative for purchase requests: Rosemarie Bank.

Copyright Resources for Educators

These websites provide summaries of copyright law for educators to help them make decisions regarding the need to get clearance for use of various copyrighted materials.

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This colorful, entertaining tutorial, prepared by librarians at University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, outlines the basics of copyright as well as new legislation, such as the TEACH Act.

Copyright information from the American Library Association. This web page highlights copyright and intellectual property issues important to librarians and information professionals.

Copyright and intellectual property information from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Includes policies, news, information on recent statutes, legislation, court cases, etc. on a variety of topics including Google Book Search, orphan works, fair use, digital rights management, etc.

The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse is a collaboration among law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation which aims to support lawful online activity against unwarranted legal threats.

Published by the Association for Research Libraries (ARL), this code is a statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use. It was developed by and for librarians who support support academic inquiry and higher education. This web site contains the text of the Code, FAQs for librarians, faculty, and students, plus other copyright education materials.

This resource presents a code for fair use to guide educators using media literacy concepts and techniques.

Created by Kenneth Crews, founding director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, this site contains information on identification of copyright holders, copyright scenarios, court case summaries, and more.

Provides an overview of copyright as pertains to public performances, including both theatre and dance, and provides guidelines for obtaining permissions for legal use of copyrighted works.

Sponsored by the American Library Association Office for Information Technology policy, this site serves as a resource for librarians who have copyright questions.

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) serves as an intermediary between copyright holders and content users, facilitating the exchange of reuse rights and royalties through its licensing services. CCC manages the rights to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators.

Created by attorney Georgia Harper, this is a step-by-step tutorial designed for the academic community and contains information on the basics of fair use, how to determine who owns copyright on a work, and how to obtain rights to use copyrighted works. The Ask A Lawyer service is limited to the UT System community.

This companion web site to the PBS documentary film "Copyright Criminals," examines the history of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation and creativity in the age of intellectual property. To understand the complexity of the debate over sampling and copyright law, visitors should check out the link "Sampling" near the top of the page, which provides "Sampling: an Overview", a "Timeline", which can be viewed as a flipbook, list, map, or traditional timeline, and a "Glossary of Terms". The "Classroom" feature for the film is for 9th-12th graders, as well as for college students. Video modules explain the different issues in the debate, such as "Can You Own a Sound?", "Sampling in Other Forms of Media and Industry", and "Hip Hop Sampling Theft or Tribute?" All the "Educational Materials" including "Educator Guide", "Teacher and Student Handout", and "Discussion Guide" are available below the video modules, and are free to download.

Copyright guidelines, provisions, and resources, from the Music Library Association.

Links to Cornell University's copyright policies, guidelines, services, and resources.

Chart maintained at Cornell University, listing copyright terms of various types of published and unpublished works, with dates those works fall into the public domain.

From the Copyright Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries, this page offers an excellent overview of copyright law, "hot topics," current issues, and resources.

The purpose of this weblog is to educate about copyright, licensing and digital property in plain English and to provide resources from articles to discussions to newsletters to courses and books. Created by Lesley Ellen Harris, lawyer, author and educator.

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization dedicated to flexible copyright licenses for creative works.

A bibliography of current copyright news.

The Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) White Paper on Educational Fair Use, authored by Jonathan Band, a lawyer in private practice, adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and noted intellectual property and Internet expert.

This tool can help educators assess whether they may, under U.S. Copyright Law, use copyrighted works in their teaching without first seeking permission of the copyright owner.

Maintained by the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, this checklist can assist in evaluating whether or not a use of a copyrighted work might be considered a fair use.

This tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, can help assist in evaluating whether or not use of a copyrighted work could be considered a "fair use" under the United States Copyright Law.

From the University of Texas System, this is a detailed guide to searching for copyright owners and asking permission to use copyrighted works. This site includes information on textual works, as well as art, music, plays, movies, and foreign works. Also discusses unidentifiable or unresponsive owners.

Circular 22 from the United States Copyright Office on how to investigate the copyright status of a work.

From the Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office, this guide provides the basics on locating and contacting authors, publishers, and other copyright owners.

From the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, this step-by-step guide outlines the process of identifying and locating copyright owners for researchers.

From the Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office, this site offers advice as well as a model letter for seeking formal copyright permission.

The University of California System provides an excellent overview of the permissions process, along with a sample letter.

From the Society of American Archivists comes a guide for archivists and others to use when a copyright owner cannot be located or contacted. This guide focuses primarily on the types of unpublished materials typically found in archives.

From the North Carolina State University Office of the Provost, this guide to seeking copyright permissions is in a question-and-answer format and provides sample letters for a variety of scenarios, including classroom use.

From the Citizen Media Law Project hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, this blog entry explains the four factors of Fair Use.

This sliding copyright tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, helps determine if a work first published in the United States has fallen into the public domain.

From the University of Texas System Crash Course in Copyright, a straightforward sample copyright permissions letter is provided, adaptable to a variety of material types.

This tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, can help librarians and archivists determine if reproducing all or part of a work is allowed under Section 108 of the United States Copyright Law.

Maintained by Stanford University, this site provides links to copyright information, plus commentary and analysis by legal and library professionals.

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), this curriculum is written for K-12 teachers to present basics on copyright to students, including copyright history, the concept of fair use, peer-to-peer file sharing, and more.

The Future of Music Coalition works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish and are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want. Learn about related issues and research and read the FutureBlog.

Links to key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations, and more.

Search records of registered books, music, art, periodicals, and other works, and documents recorded by the U.S. Copyright Office since January 1, 1978. Includes copyright ownership documents.