The play’s the thing

As many of you know, we acquired many theatre-related materials from the English Library over the Spring and Summer. We’ve got
—> periodicals (1st floor, on the new periodicals shelves facing the reading room and in the periodicals stacks near the reading room).
—> new playscripts (1st floor, on the shelves facing the M3 reference scores)
—> older playscripts (1st floor, Dewey sequences 811 (for American drama) or 822 (for English drama)
—> books (1st floor; Dewey sequence 792 and 808-830 (roughly); LC sequence PC-PS)

the end is in cite

Perhaps you haven’t started writing those term papers yet, or perhaps you are knee-deep in your thesis or dissertation. In either case, if you need a quick reminder about how to cite things in your paper, see the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style.

More help is available under the “How do I manage my research” section of the new Research Guides page of the MPAL website.

Welcome students!

If you are new to the Music and Performing Arts Library or if you forgot everything over the summer, here is a guide to get you started.

Please stop by the reference desk with any questions, or contact us via phone 217.333.7095 or email

The Squeezebox is Back

Under the Needle: Family business ready for its encore
Mike Lewis
Seattle P-I

“The accordion was, post-war, the most popular instrument in America by far,” Petosa said, sitting in his desk at Petosa’s Accordions and Accordion Museum in Wallingford.

Back then, the legendary Dick Contino, a squeezebox prodigy from Fresno, Calif., ranked among the nation’s most popular musicians, and only flamenco accompanists, lonely cowboys and luckless bluesmen plucked the guitar’s limited sonic range.

Death by Dancing

‘Dancing Plague’ and Other Odd Afflictions Explained
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
Aug. 1, 2008

In July of 1518, a woman referred to as Frau Troffea stepped into a narrow street in Strasbourg, France and began a fervent dancing vigil that lasted between four and six days. By the end of the week, 34 others had joined her and, within a month, the crowd of dancing, hopping and leaping individuals had swelled to 400.

Authorities prescribed “more dancing” to cure the tormented movers but, by summer’s end, dozens in the Alsatian city had died of heart attacks, strokes and sheer exhaustion due to nonstop dancing.