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Music: Articles on Your Topic

Resources for study of Music.

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Discover (almost) everything that the library has on your topic!

Search for Articles on Music in these Databases

Below is a selection of online resources that include a vast number of articles on topics in Music, including history, theory and criticism. The resources on this page include articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.

Database Search Strategies

Once you've identified the keywords and phrases for your topic, you can start to search the e-resources for articles on that topic. For example, if you want to write about how painters of the Dutch Golden Age depicted music, turn your topic into a keyword search like this:

Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
Dutch and painters and music

Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
Dutch and paint* and music*

Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
Dutch and paint* and (music* or instrument* or concert*)

Truncate keywords where applicable.  Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term.  Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term.  Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.

 Music*

 Paint*

 Instrument*

 

Will Find:

 

 Music
 Musical
 Musician
 Musicians

 Paint
 Painting
 Paintings
 Painter
 Painters

 Instrument
 Instruments
 Instrumentation
 Instrumental

Developing Search Terms

The first step in picking a topic is to brainstorm by asking yourself a few questions.  What do you already know about this topic from your course readings?  Are there similar ideas that you might want to explore?  What are the key concepts that you're interested in pursuing?

Once you've spent a bit of time answering these questions, you can take the concepts you've identified and use the keywords and phrases to start searching for information.  Keep in mind that you'll need to build a base of knowledge before you can write effectively.

Search Google Scholar

Looking for more articles?  Search Google Scholar for additional information on your topic.

Finding Full Text

How to find the Full Text of articles

Search results list:

 

In detailed record (once you click on the article title in the search results list):

 

If you click a green Find Full-Text button, one of three things can happen. 

1) It will link to the article and you're all set!

2) It will link to a website, and you will need to search for the article there

3) Simmons doesn't have access, so you'll see the second screenshot with an option to search via Google Scholar, or request from another library (Interlibrary Loan)