Requesting a book from the MSJC Library. If you find a book in the catalog that is at the MSJC campus you can request that it be sent over to Menifee. You will need to have a MSJC library account. If you don't have an account, click here to see how to get your account set up. Follow these steps when you need a book from the MSJC library.
Browsing the stacks can help find topics for your research paper. You can find titles on the subject of Dance in the in the GV 1580-1799 range.
Why reference books? Reference books provide you with background information on a topic, important dates, individuals and terms. In other words, after reading one of these entries, you should have a better idea of where to focus your research and the important topics/concepts/persons that you want to research further. If you don't have a topic, these resources can provide a good starting point because you can browse them for potential topics.
International Encyclopedia of Dance - With nearly 2,000 articles written by scholars from fifty countries, the Encyclopedia covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance. Cultural and national overviews are accompanied by entries on dance forms, music and costumes, performances, and biographies of dancers and choreographers.
Other Reference titles (these are in the Reference area in the Library)
If you don't find what you need in MSJC's collection, you can search the catalogs of other libraries and then request that those titles (up to five) be sent to you at your preferred campus. There is a $2.00 per book charge for this service that you pay when you pick up the book/s. Make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the books to get here.
Google Books is a project that involves scanning in millions of books from a number of library collections and publishers. You can read about this project here. Copyright laws prevent Google from providing the full text of most titles.
The only titles that have full text are those that are out of copyright. Here is a list of full text books on the subject of Dance. Notice that most of the titles are from the early 1900s! If you want to search Google's entire book collection click here.