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Remote Research and Dance: Databases Through NYPL

This guide brings together the varied resources available to our patrons while conducting their research remotely.


Full List of Databases:

Databases Available from Home:

The New York Public Library offers access to dozens of databases. Included in this are a number that can be accessed outside of the library. Upon navigating to each database's website, you will be asked to enter your New York Public Library card barcode and PIN. From there you will have limited, if not full, access to all their resources. Below are a selection of databases that should prove helpful.


Digitized Newspapers can be a great asset in lieu of the clippings files that you would normally access at the Library for the Performing Arts. The New York Times 1980-Present is one database that is always accessible remotely. Currently we have expanded home access to the following databases; The New York Times 1851-2013, The Wall Street Journal 1889-Present,, and America’s Historical Newspapers through the Readex Databases. Through all of these you will be able to find reviews, dance news, obituaries, and any number of helpful articles. 

Performing Arts Databases

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online and Credo Reference both contain great quick reference guides to the dance world and can hopefully point you towards more specific resources.

General Databases

If you are looking for Academic Articles related to dance, we have a variety of databases that are accessible from home. Academic Search Premier, ProQuest Research Library, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library are always accessible remotely. Currently we have expanded access to JSTOR during the period of our temporary closure as well. All four databases cover a variety of disciplines, with the performing arts and dance forming just part of their collections.