Writing in dance seeks to examine and construct meaning by finding potential answers to questions. It is incredibly varied. It requires an attention to detail, a critical eye, and most important the ability to analyze and explain the “why” and how it may intersect with other disciplines, such as psychology.
REVIEW ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA: Always a good start
SEARCH STRATEGIES: Create a "search map" of keywords (what works and doesn't work). Is your topic too broad? Too narrow? Keywords will help narrow or broaden your search.
LOCATING SOURCES: Once you identify some sources using the library databases, scan and read summaries, intros, and determine what may or may not work based on your topic.
VARIETY OF SOURCES: Look for a variety of rich resources to help you shape your paper and topic. Once you have some sources, you will find some fit better than others after you dig a bit deeper into the content. The more you dive into your paper, you may discover some sources don't quite work anymore and you don't have to use them.
EVALUATE SOURCES: Don't use sources that either lack depth or are just descriptive. Consider several factors when examining a source: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Check the credentials of the author(s) of a work.
DOCUMENTATION AND CITING SOURCES: It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
HELP!: Need more research help? Contact me or chat with a reference librarian (in person (CCC 104), phone, email, chat, or text! So many options!).