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Dance Research Guide: MSU Libraries

MSU Libraries

The MSU Libraries home page is your gateway to the extensive resources and services of the Main Library and its branches. Search the online catalog (MAGIC) or explore our electronic resources pages and discover thousands of online indexes, full-text journal articles, e-books and much more.

Finding Books in the MSU Libraries


How do I search for books on my topic?

To search for books in the MSU Libraries on a topic, you will need to use the Online Catalog. The Online Catalog is a searchable listing of materials owned and located in the MSU Libraries, including: books, journals, government documents, microforms, videos/DVDs/CDs, etc.

When should I use the Online Catalog?

  • To find whether we own a specific book, including its location and call number
  • To browse for books on a topic
  • To find whether we subscribe to a specific magazine, journal, or newspaper

To search for books placed on Reserve for your class, search by course or instructor.

NOTE: You cannot use the Online Catalog to find individual articles within a magazine--you must use a periodical index for that.

Articles of Crticism in Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers



    Searchable database of the full text of journals in anthropology, Asian Studies, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, political science, population studies, and sociology. Years available vary with each title, but the most recent issues available in JSTOR will be 4-5 years old. Files are in .pdf format (requires Adobe Acrobat reader).

    Please read the JSTOR Terms and Conditions of Use at
  • Project Muse

    Two hundred journals from 29 not-for-profit, scholarly publishers are currently offered in Project Muse. Muse is a unique collaboration between the participating publishers and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at the Johns Hopkins University. Use the pull-down menu for additional information on individual journals in the collection. Years available vary but include only recent issues.
  • Humanities Abstracts

    Index to articles in over 400 humanities periodicals in archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history, and world literature.
  • ProQuest

    ProQuest Research Library contains over 2,000 periodicals (nearly 1,000 of them in ASCII full-text or full-image formats) in a wide range of subject areas. In addition to general interest publications, ProQuest Research Library covers titles in the following areas: arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests.
  • Periodicals Index Online

    Periodicals Contents Index (PCI) contains more than 1 million citations to articles in more than 3,000 journals from 1770-1995. These journals represent popular and scholarly titles in the humanities and social sciences. 1,000,000 citations are added annually. Although it is not yet complete, PCI Full Text is a growing repository of full-text articles enabling one to go directly from the bibliographic citation to the full text article.
  • Music Index

    This is and index to books and articles about music, but which contains many citations to resources about dance. THIS IS ONLY AN INDEX-- you must search citations in the library catalog to see if the library has access to the item.

Finding Assistance in the MSU Libraries

If we can provide any further assistance to you in your research, please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Call MSU: (517) 355-1855
  • Visit:
  • MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.
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