Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Dance Research Guide

Your guide to Dance resources in the UMD Libraries!

Search WorldCat

Use the Library Catalog to search for

  • books
  • journals
  • audio and video recordings
  • archival material
  • and more!

Shhh! Librarian Secrets Revealed!

Secret #1: Truncation - To save yourself double or triple searching, any time you search for the word "Dance," "Dancer,"  "Dancing," etc.

Use "danc*" instead.

Librarians call the * the "truncation tool." Use it to truncate the root of a word from the variant endings, that way you only have to search once!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Secret #2: Use "quotation marks" to tell the catalog to search for terms as a phrase: 

"united states" NOT united states

"african american*" NOT african american*

"Harriet Tubman" NOT Harriet Tubman

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Secret #3: Use (parenthases) to search for synonyms/alternative words:

SUBJECT = danc*

AND

SUBJECT = (black* or "african american*")