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Collections/Searching: Basic Reference Sources

While some of these tools are in the reference section of the library, some are circulating items. For which items are available use the library's online catalog. Others may also be discovered among the OhioLINK collections as circulating items using the OhioLINK online catalog.

Collections/Searching: Book Collections

The collections at Kulas Music Library and the Kelvin Smith Library mirror the curricula of the dance degree programs at Case and the research interests of the dance faculty. In broad terms these include: performance of contemporary dance, history and biography of contemporary dance, history of dance in the 19th century, kinesiology, and dance wellness. Because of the historical performance practice program within the music department, and curricula and research into historical dance within the music department, there are also materials on the history and performance of dance in the 16th - 18th centuries. Examples of materials covering different facets of dance include:

The best tool for discovering our holdings of books on dance is the library's online catalog and OhioLINK collections of books on music is the OhioLINK online catalog.

Collections/Searching: Journal Collections

The journal collections at Kelvin Smith Library and Kulas Music Library encompass journals we continue to collect in print format and which are housed in KSL and Kulas, both current issues and back runs; and extensive online full text journals for which access is provide by Kelvin Smith Library via our own subscriptions or subscriptions which are part of our membership in OhioLINK. The library's online catalog has records for all titles. Records for print titles will include the holdings for our back runs and the records for online journals will include links to the online journal where one may view the issues for which we have access.


The Kelvin Smith Library also provides an eJournal portal which allows one to search and find all online journals for which we have access, as well as the specific issues available to us.

Collections/Searching: Score Collections

Musical score collections are available at Kulas Music Library which include study scores, part sets for ensemble playing and reference scores for research. The circulating scores may be borrowed in a manner similar to books and follow the borrowing policies of the Kelvin Smith Library.


The part of the Kulas collections which is most enhanced by the OhioLINK collections is the score collection, and students and faculty are encouraged to take full advantage of the breadth of the OhioLINK score collections. Whether your need is for study scores, solo performances, parts for ensemble performces, or materials for auditions, always check OhioLINK after checking the collections at Kulas.

Collections/Searching: Audio and Video Collections

Kelvin Smith Library has a DVD collection of approximately 5,000 DVDs. The DVDs which the library owns which document specific dances, the work of specific dancers and choreographers, as well as dance companies are part of this collection.


Kulas has a CD collection of approximately 9,000 CDs and 500 DVDs. While the majority of this media is of classical repertoire, it also includes jazz, world music and various popular genres. These materials are available for use within the library by students and may be used by faculty for class lectures. All of these materials are listed in the library's online catalog and CDs which contain multiple works have add entries for each work so that one can find any individual work. CDs which contain many short works, such as CDs of art song, can also be searched in the catalog by using a word search and placing the title of the song in quotes.

Please note that many CDs and DVDs are listed on OhioLINK and that some libraries will lend these materials outside of their library and some do not.


Kelvin Smith Library subscribes to a rich collection of streaming audio databases. The works in these databases are available to be streamed to your computer and include. For dancers searching for music to choreograph to, or music which might fit choreography in progress, these databases are invaluable:

While all of these databases can be searched individually by database, all of them except DRAM can be searched using the KSL Summon Search Engine (which appears at the top of this page or the top of the KSL homepage). Note that within Summon the format limiter "Music Recording" represents online (streaming) audio and the limiter "audio recording" represents physical CDs in the collections at Kulas and OhioLINK.

Collections/Searching: Online Newspaper Collections

Historical Newspapers:

Several of our historical newspaper collections may be useful in finding articles related to performances which occured in New York or Washington D.C. during 19th or 20th century: The historical New York Times and Washington Post.

Current News:

Current events, including performances, premieres and interviews may be covered in our online current news sources. Using Newsbank, under America's News and then USA, you can search current events across multiple newspapers and regions of the United States.

International coverage can be accessed via LexisNexis Academic. Because LexisNexis covers so many sources it can be quite challenging to use. A basic procedure to get a reasonably small number of results to browse through:

1. Once you have accessed the database, under Search by Content Type, select All News.

2. Select Advance Options and you have many options to work with for which Date range, Source, and Article Type can often be the most helpful.

3. Source requires you to begin typing and then the database will suggest sources. By typing Times you will be led to Times (London). You may not pick a specific source, but you will need to limit the Date range quite severely.

Collections/Searching: Online Databases

The primary database which indexes the literature of dance is the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance. For the literature of music and dance use RILM, which is the best index of the literature of music.