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Dance/Movement Therapy

  1. Suggested Databases
  2. Electronic Journals
  3. Electronic Books
  4. College of Nursing and Health Professions Dance/Movement Program
  5. Selected Web Resources:
    1. Academic and Professional Associations
    2. Other Resources
    3. Directories

Suggested Databases:

  • CINAHL (1982-current)  Indexes books, journals and dissertations in nursing, physical therapy, medical technology and allied health areas.
  • ERIC (1966-current)  Educational Resources Information Center: contains citations to education-related research and technical reports, and to journal articles.
  • HAPI (Health and Psychosocial Instruments) (1985-current) Provides information on measurement instruments (questionnaires, etc.) for the health and psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.
  • International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance Full Text (1989-current) A fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance. Full text available includes more than 100 journals.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) (1864-current) Provides indexing, abstracts and selected full text from sources including dance.
  • MEDLINE (via PubMed and OVID) — MEDLINE is the premier database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It contains over 20 million records of journal articles in all areas of the life sciences, with particular emphasis on biomedicine.
  • Proquest Digital Dissertations & Theses With more than 1.5 million entries, Proquest's Dissertation Abstracts database is the one central, authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses.
  • PsycARTICLES From the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 163,000 articles from more than 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal.
  • PsycBOOKS From the American Psychological Association (APA), includes over 38,000 chapters in PDF from over 2,500 books, published by the APA and other distinguished publishers, and includes digitized content of historical significance from the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP) collection . It also contains over 1,600 classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology dating from the 1600s, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.
  • PsycCRITIQUES Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), is a database of full-text book reviews featuring current scholarly and professional books in psychology. It also publishes reviews from a psychological perspective of popular films and trade books, and includes approximately 40,000 reviews dating back to 1956.
  • PsycINFO ( 1872-current) Covers books, dissertations and journals in the psychological and behavioral sciences, including the creative arts therapies. Uses the OVID interface and the Thesaurus of Psychological Indexing Terms.
  • PsycTESTS Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), serves as a repository for a growing selection of psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage spans more than a century.
  • RefWorks allows users to format their citations and papers into a particular format, export or manually add references into RefWorks, and share their references or entire database. Users must create a RefWorks account. Write-N-Cite, an application that must be downloaded, enables users to insert in-text citations from their references into their papers. When using Write-N-Cite from off-campus, enter RWDrexelU as the Group Code, in addition to the RefWorks account login. The Group Code is case sensitive.
  • Wilson OmniFile (1983-present) Covers English-language periodicals in the social sciences, humanities, science, and business.

Electronic Journals:

Check catalog for electronic and print journals; for a comprehensive list, search “Dance Therapy Periodicals” as a Subject.  Also see the alphabetic listings of Electronic Journals.

Keep in mind when searching for journal titles that many journals use an acronym as the actual title, for example: Get It! Linking is provided from citations in databases such as CINAHL and MEDLINE to the Libraries’ journal collections; look for Get It! button.  Get It! window will display options for obtaining the full-text of an article, including fulltext choices, possible print volumes available in library, or use on Interlibrary Loan services.

Electronic Books:

Any textbooks and reference books such as dictionaries, as well as other books relevant to Dance and Movement Therapy are available electronically through the library catalog.  Search by title, keyword or subject heading selecting “All Electronic Resources” to focus on electronic books.

Selected Psychology & Psychiatry e-books can be found in the list of Core Health Sciences E-books. Creative Arts in Therapy Theses collection at iDEA: Drexel E-Repository and Archives. iDEA is a centralized virtual space to access unique digital resources produced by the Drexel community. The Creative Arts in Therapy Theses collection has a number of digitized theses by Drexel alumni in Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy. (Check catalog for full listing of print and electronic theses; for a comprehensive list, search "dance therapy thesis" as a Keyword.

Selected Web Resources:

Academic and Professional Associations:

Other Resources:

  • Accessible Arts Inc. Based in New South Wales, Australia, this organization promotes "creative expression and participation in arts and cultural activities by people with disabilities."
  • American Art Therapy Association The major association for art therapists, AATA provides resources for both art therapists and students.  The website has information on conducting research and a bibliography about art therapy outcomes and single subject studies.
  • American Psychiatric Association The major association for psychiatrists which is dedicated to providing effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.
  • American Psychological Association APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.  The website has extensive sections for students and publications.
  • The Arts and Healing Network Focuses on the healing potential of art and the creative process.  Includes information on classes, community projects, and an online newsletter.
  • Artslynx Artslynx is a resource dedicated to the healing power of the arts. This website was created for the Colorado Council on the Arts after the Columbine High School tragedy.  The website has an extensive list of links related to dance, theater, and more.
  • Association for Play Therapy APT was founded in 1982 to promote the use of play therapy and to conduct research. Includes links for credentials, education, and ethics.
  • Center for Kinesthetic Education Founded by Martha Eddy, RSMT, Ed.D., CMA, and based in New York City, the center provides professional training, individual sessions, and programs geared towards people with conditions like asthma, chronic pain, and cancer.
  • Dance Notation Bureau This nonprofit organization creates dance scores using Labanotation so performances may continue after an artist's passing.
  • Integrated Movement Studies IMS is a group of faculty who believe "An understanding of human communication requires an intelligence grounded in the body."  They offer certificate programs in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies and additional workshops.
  • International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation Founded in 1959, the goal of the ICKL is promoting Labanotation.  Website includes an online bibliography of Laban Notation Scores.
  • Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies Based on the teachings of two of the most influential movement theorists, this organization is dedicated to educating people about their teachings.  Offers certification programs, workshops, and cultural events in New York City.
  • National Association for Drama Therapy Association discusses how drama therapy blends together areas of study such as role-playing and puppetry to developmental psychology and group process.  Includes information on becoming a drama therapist, conferences and workshops, and job postings.
  • National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine NCCAM is a center of the National Institutes of Health established in 1998 to "stimulate, develop, and support research on CAM for the benefit of the public."  This site offers news, grants and research information, as well as health information for the public.
  • The Nonverbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues An extensive dictionary produced by the Center for Nonverbal Studies, a nonprofit research center that looks at nonverbal communication from the viewpoints of anthropology, art, biology, evolution, and neuroscience.
  • VSA Arts Formerly Very Special Arts, VSA Arts is an international organization offering arts-based programs to people with disabilities. Online exhibits of artwork and a searchable web resources database are highlights of this site.


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