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I need articles about choreographer Mark Morris.

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Interviews, descriptions of his unique style, and critiques would be most helpful!

Answered By: Trustee Library
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 29

The best place to start is our Dance LibGuide, located at http://libguides.brenau.edu/dance. In the LibGuide, click on the yellow tab for Articles.
 
In the center of the page, you'll find a listing of databases where you can search for your topic. The best for your needs is probably International Bibliography of Theater and Dance with Full Text. Click on the title and log in with your username (the part of your email address that comes before @tiger.brenau.edu) and your 6-digit student ID number, and you'll arrive at the main search page.
 
Enter your first search: try "Mark Morris" AND interview. Note that there are quotation marks around the whole term "Mark Morris"These marks tell the search engine to only look for articles where those two words appear side by side as one phrase, which focuses your results and eliminates clutter you have to look through. You'll also note the use of the Boolean search technique of adding the conjunction AND between the two terms - this tells the search engine that you want articles with both these things in it, not just one or the other. (Imagine having to look through all the articles on Mark Morris to find the interviews, or all the interviews to find the ones about Mark Morris!)
 
This search will yield results like this one, in which dancer and Mark Morris Dance Group member David Leventhal discusses teaching Mark Morris's choreography:
 
Holleran, Leslie. "David Leventhal." Dance Teacher 32.9 (2010): 38.
 
You can also run a search for just "Mark Morris", again keeping the quotation marks in place, to retrieve hundreds more results about him! For example, this particular search initially yields 520 results, but you can narrow things down to find what you need. To limit your results to just the items that provide the full article as a PDF file or webpage, use the Refine Your Results options on the left side of the results page and choose Full Text (which yields 200 results). You can narrow things down even further by options like Source Types, located below Refine Your Results on the left of the results page, where you can pick just the articles from academic journals and magazines, depending on what your professor would like you to use for your assignment.
 
When you are done with the first database, try these same searches and more in another of the databases in the LibGuide list. Each database has a unique collection, so keep trying different databases if you are not satisfied with your results - you may find additional articles in one database that were not available in the other.
 
If you need more, respond and let us know!

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