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HUM 101 - Introduction to Humanities

This guide supports research support for all sections of HUM 101.

Performing Arts

When thinking about the "performing arts" as a category or particular type of "the arts," music, dance, and theatre are probably the types of performance most people think of first. These are also sometimes called the "traditional" forms of performing arts. It should also be noted that other, sometimes less frequently studied forms of performing arts include: mime/pantomime, oral histories, magic, festive rites and rituals, and more.

Recommended Databases

Background Information

Try searching the following reference databases for great explanations, overviews, and basic information for topics in the performing arts. 

Research Databases

Use these databases to search for magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles on arts topics.


EBSCOhost eBooks

eBooks on EBSCOhost

eBook collection covering a wide range of subjects.

Search Strategies for Performing Arts

Start with What You Know

  • If you have the artist's name and/or the name of a specific work, then enter these as keywords and phrases.
  • You can also search by Genre and a particular culture. See the table below for more information and examples.
Table showing options for combining keywords. Do a search using a word/phrase from the Genre column and a word/phrase from the Culture/Home of the Culture column.
 Genre Culture/Home of the Culture
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Opera
  • Musical Theatre
  • Recitation
  • Oral History
  • Mime
  • Pantomime
  • Magic
  • Ritual
  • European
  • United States
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • Italy


  • African
  • Asian
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Native American
  • China
  • Aboriginal Australia



Comparing/Contrasting Western & Non-western Performing Arts

Western Performing Arts Example

Scene from Act V of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet from a film version produced in 1948 by CTE Carlton in which Laurence Olivier plays the title role. Accessible to HACC students and staff through the Films on Demand database. 

Non-western Performing Arts Example

Segment from the video Performing Arts: Part One, a program that examines the revival of indigenous art forms. This clip shows Australian Aboriginal music and dance. Accessible to HACC students and staff through the Films on Demand database