Evaluating Scholarly Credentials. The Performing Arts Music and Dance. Anne Harlow, Reference Librarian Performing Arts Subject Specialist Temple University Libraries February 18, 2004. Impact of Creative Work. Publications Performances People Places - Performance venues
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Evaluating Scholarly Credentials The Performing Arts Music and Dance Anne Harlow, Reference Librarian Performing Arts Subject Specialist Temple University Libraries February 18, 2004
Impact of Creative Work • Publications • Performances • People • Places - Performance venues • Prizes and Awards
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How to Get to the Library’s Databases • Library homepage www.library.temple.edu • All Research Databases • All Research Databases by Title
Alphabetical List of Databases Can also scroll down Navigational Alphabet
Publications • Books • Journal Articles • Conference Papers • Recordings
Tools for Evaluating Publications • Web of Science – Citation Studies for journal articles • WorldCat – Books, Journals, Sound Recordings • RLG – Research Libraries’ Group • PapersFirst – Conference Proceedings • Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory– journals • Reviews
Web of Science • Select “Full Search” for access to General Reference and Cited Reference searching. • Can limit to Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, or simultaneously search across multiple indexes. • Select “General Search” and enter author’s name for a summary of article publications. • Select “Cited Reference Search” to search for articles that cite an author or article that you specify.
Web of Science – Types of Searches Choose appropriate index or indexes. Choose General Search or Cited Ref Search.
WorldCat WorldCat contains over 41 million records of the member libraries that contribute to the database, including books, computer files, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, and video tapes.
WorldCat - Searching • Choose the “Advanced” search option, on a tab at the top left of the screen. • Enter the title, keywords, ISSN or ISBN number. • Limit format
WorldCat Initial Screen Advanced Search gives you more options.
WorldCat - Advanced Search Screen Advanced Search Screen Click on the drop-down boxes for searching options
WorldCat Drop-Down Boxes Drop-down boxes allow you to chose what kind of search to enter.
WorldCat – Entering Searches Keyword searching is most effective for performers on recordings. Search limited to sound recordings.
WorldCat – Reviewing Results • More than one record may display. (This reflects the different information that libraries provide to the database.) • Look at the records that truly reflect the title being researched. • The “List of Records” displayed indicates the total numbers of libraries that own the item. • If there are multiple records, add the total numbers of libraries. • This database gives the truest indication of the total number of libraries that own this item.
RLG Union Catalog The RLG Union Catalog is the major union catalog of the holdings of the largest and most prestigious research and academic libraries in the world. Many of these libraries add their information to WorldCat, but not all do so.
RLG - Searching • Choose the “Advanced Search” from the options on the top right of the screen. • From the pull-down menu on the right, choose your search type. • Enter keyword, title, ISBN, or ISSN.
RLG – Reviewing Results • More than one record may display. Select all that apply. • Select “Brief” display. This will output a brief bibliographic record with listings of all individual libraries that own the item. Note: Use this database as an indicator of quality and prestige, more than an indicator of sheer numbers of libraries owning an item.
Tools for Finding Reviews of Books and Recordings • Academic Search Premier • Book Review Digest • International Index to Music Periodicals • International Index to the Performing Arts • Lexis Nexis (for complete indexing of The New York Times.) • RILM
Conference Proceedings • Number of participants at the conference. • Number of members in the organization. • Type of organization • Check the database PapersFirst, for an indication of the accessibility and merit of the presentation. Often the website of the organization will have information concerning the number of members. Another good source for this information is the Encyclopedia of Associations, Paley Ref. Desk HS17.G32.
Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory • Circulation figures - an indicator of quantity. • “Academic/Scholarly” designation - an indicator of quality. • Refereed status - an indicator of quality. • Description • Abstracting and indexing services by which the journal is covered (an indicator of quality, an indicator of accessibility: the more indexes include a journal, the more researchers are led to it. • Indication of inclusion in JSTOR.
You can use the “Quick Search”, which is fairly straightforward, or the “Advanced Search” which gives you more options.
Ulrich’s – Evaluative Features Notice the tab for “Abstracting, Indexing, and Article Access”. Indicators of the validity of this journal Scroll down for more information.
LexisNexis for... • Reviews of performances. • The only way to get the entire full-text of The New York Times. • Book Reviews. • Information about performance venues. • Information about prizes and awards.
LexisNexis – Initial Screen Click here and use the Guided News Search.
In Lexis Nexis you must specify... News Category News Source Search Parameters Date Range
Use the drop-down boxes to chose News Category - General News
Full-text searching is best for performers, performances, venues, and awards.
Remember to specify the date range!
What do the results mean? • Lin Kun-Yang has been reviewed in The New York Times and other publications frequently. • Go to the Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media, Paley Ref Desk Z6951.A97 2003, to find circulation statistics forThe New York Times.
International Index to the Performing ArtsandInternational Index to Music Periodicals • Reviews of performances • Reviews of recordings • Reviews of publications • Information about performance venues • Information about prizes and awards.
You can scroll down to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals if desired.
Anne Harlow Reference Librarian Performing Arts Subject Specialist Samuel Paley Library Temple University Telephone: 215-204-1399 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org