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Choreographing Your Search

Dance Collection, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Library of Congress Click to connect directly to the new Library of Congress online catalog, and search in real time, following the Library of Congress online instructions.

Also, note the wealth of information at the Library of Congress website, including


The Library of Congress has at least 17 reading rooms offering archival and manuscript materials. Dance researchers, depending on their topics, may find useful materials in any of them, and each offers guides to their collections.
To practice using the Library of Congress Catalog, review the screens below describing a name-browse search for materials relating to Bob Fosse.

The opening screen for searching the Library of Congress Catalog looks like this:

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When you click on SUBJ-NAME-TITLE-CALL#, the following screen appears:

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Click on the Name Browse circle, type fosse, bob into the search box, click on SEARCH, and the following appears:

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Click on item 2, Fosse (Bob)/Verdon (Gwen) Collection (Library of Congress), and you see this list:

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If you click on the first item, Ann Reinking demo tape / Y.C. Productions, you will see the information on that videotape, and can determine whether it is useful to you. If so, you will find options to print, save or e-mail the catalog record. You can note its location, and that an appointment is necessary to see it.

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An overview of the Library of Congress online catalogs, with methods of access, can be found at http://lcweb.loc.gov/catalog.

Note that LOCIS, the former main-frame based Library of Congress catalog, was closed in August 1999.