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Dance 100: Find Books

History and Appreciation of Dance

Finding Books at MSJC





Borrowing Items Between MSJC Campuses

Requesting a book to be delivered from the MVC or SJC Library. If you find a book in the catalog that is not at the campus you use, you can request that it be sent over to either San Jacinto or Menifee. Ask library staff to place the hold for you, or use the steps below to place the hold yourself from the catalog.

  1. From your search results page, click on the title of the book to get to the full record page. 
  2. In the Get It section, click in the yellow bar "Please sign in to check if there are any request options" to sign in to your library account using your mymsjc username and password. Note you can also sign in using the My Account link in the upper right corner of the search results page.
  3. Click on the Request option and fill in any necessary information.
  4. You will be notified through your student e-mail in 2-3 days when the book is available for pick up.

Reference Books

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)

  • International Dictionary of Modern Dance: REF GV1585 .B46 1998
  • Oxford Dictionary of Dance REF GV1585 C78 2000
  • International Encyclopedia of Modern Dance REF GV1585 .B46 1998

E-Books

Ebsco Ebooks. These are completely online full-text books. They are available to you as a student at MSJC.

Finding and Requesting Items from Other Libraries

If you don't find what you need in MSJC's collections, you can search the catalogs of other libraries and request that those titles be sent to your preferred MSJC campus through our interlibrary loan service. Typically there is no cost to you for this service, but please be aware that some libraries charge interlibrary loan fees. We will contact you for approval of any borrowing fees before requesting the items for you. It can take up to two weeks for items to be delivered, so be sure you give yourself enough time.

  1. Try UCR's catalog. Because UCR is so close, any books you request may get here more quickly if they are available..
  2. Request the books you found by filling out the MSJC Interlibrary Loan Request form and we will notify you at your student e-mail you when your books arrive.

Google Books

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.