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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. Karl W. Gehrkens, ‘Why Music Camps? Why Music Camps?’, in Music Educators Journal , 21/1 (Sep. 1934), pp. 15-23. How to find literature about music. Clemens Gresser Deputy Head of Music Cambridge University Library / Pendlebury Library.

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How to find literature about music

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

Karl W. Gehrkens,

‘Why Music Camps? Why Music Camps?’, in Music Educators Journal, 21/1 (Sep. 1934), pp. 15-23

How to find literature about music

Clemens Gresser

Deputy Head of Music

Cambridge University Library /

Pendlebury Library

Peter Coulson Edwards

‘Cheap Music Books’, in

The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular, 24,/ 490, 1 Dec.1883, p. 684


Why should i bother

Why should I bother?

  • To speed up how and where you find music literature

  • To find quality academic sources for your research

  • To produce better work more quickly

    so that…


Why should i bother cont

Why should I bother? – cont.

  • you have more time to play music

Bill Sargent


Why should i bother cont1

Why should I bother? – cont.

  • you have more time to listen to music


Why should i bother cont2

Why should I bother? – cont.

  • Or more time for…

…. anything really.


Where do i start

Where do I start?

Depends…..

Where you are starting from?


Start at the very beginning not knowing anything about the subject

Start at the very beginning – not knowing anything about the subject

Gamelan?

-> Start with Oxford Music Online -> simple search:


Start at the very beginning oxford music online ng

Start at the very beginning – Oxford Music Online/NG


Start at the very beginning oxford music online ng1

Start at the very beginning – Oxford Music Online/NG


Start at the beginning mgg analogue

Start at the beginning – MGG (analogue!)


Start at the very beginning mgg analogue

Start at the very beginning – MGG (analogue!)

  • Section II. and section II.b. and section II.g.

  • Then go to end of entry on “Indonesien”


Start at the very beginning mgg analogue1

Start at the very beginning – MGG (analogue!)


One easy step ahead oxford music online ng 2

One easy step ahead: Oxford Music Online/NG (2)


One easy step ahead oxford music online ng 21

One easy step ahead: Oxford Music Online/NG (2)


One easy step ahead oxford music online ng 22

One easy step ahead: Oxford Music Online/NG (2)


One easy step ahead oxford music online ng 23

One easy step ahead: Oxford Music Online/NG (2)


Overview of citation databases

Overview of citation databases

  • Citation databases (via [email protected])

  • Either via

    http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources/

    Or


Overview of citation databases rilm

Overview of citation databases - RILM

RILM: www.rilm.org/

  • over 500,000 records in 214 languages (plus abstracts in English)

  • from 151 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe

  • over 10,000 journals covered / mostly scholarly journals

  • from 1967 to present


Overview of citation databases ripm

Overview of citation databases - RIPM

RIPM: www.ripm.org/

  • 555,000 citations, for journals -> 19+ countries

  • Annotated index to 135 historic music journals

  • New titles added every six months

  • Detailed C19 ‘chronicle of music and musical life’

  • Covers 1800 to 1950.


Overview of citation databases music index

Overview of citation databases – Music Index

Music Index

  • over 1 million records to mostly indexes to English-language publications

  • very useful for non-classical music, also for music business-related journals

  • from 1970 to present


Overview of citation databases wok a hci

Overview of citation databases – WoK (A&HCI)

Web of Knowledge

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index covers 1,160 highly-academic journals

  • since 2000, author abstracts available with citation

  • offers an alerting service and citation mapping.

  • from 1975 to present


Overview of citation databases scopus

Overview of citation databases – Scopus

Scopus

  • indexes nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from across all disciplines together

  • Useful for ‘music & science’ research


Overview of citation databases bhi

Overview of citation databases – BHI

British Humanities Index

  • More than 750,000 records

  • More than 300 humanities journals, magazines and newspapers published in the UK plus journals published in other English-speaking countries

  • At least 30 publications deemed useful for music searches (in “narrow sense”).


Overview of citation databases bmo

Overview of citation databases - BMo

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums online www.musikbibliographie.de/

  • free web resource

  • despite its name: English interface, international and polyglot

  • since 1950!


Overview of citation databases google scholar

Overview of citation databases – Google Scholar

Google Scholar scholar.google.co.uk/

  • free web resource

  • use Advanced Search for greater control (e.g. search only in Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities).


Further ways of finding literature on music

Further ways of finding literature on music

JSTOR

  • On campus via http://www.jstor.org or via [email protected]

  • Search full-text via all journals and disciplines

  • Search all music journals (out of 82, we have access to 67 -> Advanced Search

  • Search only 1, or a secletion of jnls -> advanced Search


Further ways of finding literature on music1

Further ways of finding literature on music

Dissertations & Theses

(ProQuest Digital Dissertations)

  • On campus via [email protected]

  • Under ‘Database’ pick ‘Interdisciplinary – Dissertations & Theses’

  • Search!

  • Can “Limit results to: “Full text documents only”


Issues to be aware of when searching full text

Issues to be aware of when searching full-text!

  • Modern concepts might not have been known by modern name:

    e.g. a text on ‘gender’ and ‘music’ might neither contain the words “gender” nor “gender studies”

    -> citation databases have that option of updating and contextualising text


Issues to be aware of when searching full text1

Issues to be aware of when searching full-text!

  • Occasionally modern spelling vs. old spelling

  • Indexing and abstractingadds layer of interpretation & information

    -> citation databases -> keywords and additional information which are not in the text at all


Issues to be aware of when searching full text2

Issues to be aware of when searching full-text!

i.e. concepts which are underlying a text, but are not articulated:

e.g. New German School ("Neudeutsche Schule") only introduced in 1859, but a member of this “movement” might have written a text expressing aesthetics before than


Search strategies boolean parameters 1

Search Strategies – Boolean parameters 1

  • AND, OR and NOT create relationships between keywords

  • Use several search strategies and databases and compare results

  • First use primary search term/keyword

  • Then turn 1 concept/keyword into synonyms or related search terms


Search strategies boolean parameters 2

Search Strategies – Boolean parameters 2

  • So: for gamelan

    -> use ‘gamelan’

    -> ‘percussion AND Indonesia’

    -> ‘percussion AND Bali’

    -> ‘instruments AND Indonesia’


Search strategies boolean parameters 3

Search Strategies – Boolean parameters 3

Important:

Be aware of the database you are searching!

A general database (e.g Web of Science)will result in a lot of “non-music” references for certain search terms!

  • Or: instead of ‘requiem’

    -> use ‘death AND music’

    -> ‘Mass for the dead’

    -> ‘Missa pro defunctis’

    -> ‘death AND society’


Search strategies other hints

Search Strategies – other hints

  • Some databases and searches allow use of quotation marks;

    e.g. ‘Mass for the dead’ returns different results than

    Mass for the dead

  • Another way is search as phrase


Search strategies other hints1

Search Strategies – other hints

  • However, be aware of narrowing down too much -> fewer hits

  • Replace a letter:

    e.g. to find either ‘globalisation’ or ‘globalization’ –

    use the question mark: ‘globali?ation’


Search strategies other hints2

Search Strategies – other hints

  • Replace any number of letters:

    e.g. to find ‘pastoral’, ‘pastoralism’, ‘pastoralists’ –

    use the asterisk: ‘pastoral*’; e.g. ‘pastoral*’ and ‘Beethoven


Course handouts slides etc

Course handouts, slides, etc.

If you log in to

http://training.cam.ac.uk/cul/course/cul-musonline or

http://training.cam.ac.uk/cul/ and find the How to Find Literature about Music session

Under Further resources: you will be able to download:

  • these sessions slides (after 1st February session)


Course handout

Course handout


Literature search keyword grid

Literature search keyword grid


Practicals

‘Practicals’

  • Explore several search strategies with several databases and online bibliographies.

  • Please email me your findings, I would like to know what you think and what you have ‘discovered’.

  • If you have any questions or problems please let me know.


Practicals 2

‘Practicals’ - 2

  • If you prefer leave the IT training room now, and do such searches another time, please do; HOWEVER:

  • Before you leave please fill out the Feedback forms!

  • Leave Feedback forms

  • either with me, or

  • hand in in CUL’s tea room -> you will get a FREE cup of tea or coffee


Any questions

Any questions?

  • Thanks for coming, and attending this session.

    Any questions?

    Clemens Gresser

    -> cg474


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