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Dance: How to Find Books

Find Books @ CMU

The catalog searches for materials owned by the Tomlinson Library. You can do a title search for a specific book, ebook, media, etc., or a keyword search if you are looking for items on a particular topic. Or try a subject search based upon subjects you have already discovered in your searching.



You can also manage your library account including renewals and checking on holds you have placed from "My Library Account" at the Library Home Page.

The Book Stacks

Library Books on the Shelf

Using Subject Headings in the Catalog

To find books on relevant topics, search either the Tomlinson Library catalog or Prospector more in-depth by using LC Subject Headings. Pay attention to the subject headings used for books you've already identified in order to find other works on the same subject and also identify subject search terms.  Subject headings are assigned to the item by someone who has looked at the item, and can be more effective then regular keyword searches.

Try some of the following subject headings:

   Folk Dancing
   Modern Dance
   Clothing and dress

You can also add other words such as "history", or a country such as "United States"

   Ballet and History
   Dance and Study and Teaching
   Dance and United States and History

(Book image by Horia Varlan/Flickr Creative Commons)

Common Shelf Locations for Dance Books by Call Number

Dance materials are primarily located in the call number range GV 1580-1799

Some highlights of the range (not a complete list):

   GV 1585 Dictionaries, Encyclopedias
   GV 1588 Philosophy
   GV 1589 Study and Teaching
   GV 1590-1595 General Works
   GV 1596 Pictorial Works
   GV 1600 Dance Appriciation, Criticism
   GV 1601-1605 General History
   GV 1607-1619 History by Time Period
   GV 1621-1728 History by Region or Country
      GV 1621-1641 The Americas
         GV 1623-1624.7 United States
      GV 1643-1688 Europe
      GV 1689-1703 Asia
      GV 1704-1728 Arab Countries, Africa, Austrailia New Zealand, Pacific Islands
   GV 1743-1779 Social Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, etc.
   GV 1781-1795 Theatrical Dance
      GV 1782.5 Choreography
      GV 1784 Jazz Dance
      GV 1785 Biography
      GV 1787-1790 Ballet
      GV 1796 Miscellaneous Dances (alphabetical)

Some books are too large for the regular shelf and are located in the "Oversize" books.


If you find the Tomlinson Library does not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, a combined library catalog of large libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.

CMU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Tomlinson Library within a few business days.

See Interlibrary Loan for more information.



Interlibrary Loan

If you are aware of an item you need that we don't have, you can request it though interlibrary loan.  Try Prospector first, and if you don't find what you need, then request the item though interlibrary loan.  This following link will take you to more inforamation.