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Widely Accessed Non-Music Databases with Important Music Content— Overview and Searching Tips Presented by Darwin F. Scott Creative Arts Librarian, Brandeis University for the New England Music Library (NEMLA) Spring Meeting at NELINET (Southborough, MA) April 29, 2005

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widely accessed non music databases with important music content overview and searching tips

Widely Accessed Non-Music Databases with Important Music Content—Overview and Searching Tips

Presented by

Darwin F. Scott

Creative Arts Librarian, Brandeis University

for the

New England Music Library (NEMLA)

Spring Meeting

at NELINET (Southborough, MA)

April 29, 2005

key non music electronic resources with significant music content five examples
KEY NON-MUSIC ELECTRONIC RESOURCESWITH SIGNIFICANT MUSIC CONTENTFive Examples:
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • America: History and Life
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • American National Biography
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WHY?
  • Can be more current than music citation sources.
  • Journals not indexed in music citation sources.
  • Interdisciplinary.
  • Newspaper coverage.
  • Way to get around electronic music resources you don’t have.
lexisnexis academic
LexisNexis Academic
  • Among its many features, offers full-text of 350+ newspapers and 300+ magazines and journals from the U.S. and around the world—many the same day of publication
  • Includes extensive archives—for example:
    • Boston Globe, 1994–
    • New York Times, 1980–
    • Washington Post, 1970–
    • Billboard, 1991–
    • Variety, 1993–
  • Extremely useful for:
    • locating performance reviews
    • information on contemporary composers
    • feature articles on performers
    • popular culture and music — popular music
    • world music
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LexisNexis Academic: News — “Formula” for Searching Concert Reviews, Music and Popular Culture, World Music, etc.
  • Tips on how to fill in the boxes:
  • Step One — News category: Arts & Sports News
  • Step Two — Select a news source:Entertainment newsor Book, movie, music, & play reviews
  • Step Three — Enter search terms:select Full Text (rather than Headline, Lead Paragraph, etc.)
    • Useandbetween search words, such asmusic and globalizationor klezmer and jazzor metropolitan and parsifal.
    • Put quotes around expressions, such as"popular music" or"united states"— combine as "popular music" and "united states".
    • Wild cards: * for each letter; ? for indeterminate number of letters.
  • Step Four — Select the appropriate date range(default Previous six months is usually too narrow)
  • Step Five (optional) — Limit the publication (New York Times, Boston Globe, etc.) — enter
  • automatically from Source List link next to Step Two box.
lexisnexis academic news search for peru negro
LexisNexis Academic: News — Search for Peru Negro

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

  • Step One — News category: Arts & Sports News
  • Step Two — Select a news source:Entertainment newsor Book, move, music, & play reviews
  • Step Three — Enter search terms: “peru negro”— select Full Text
  • Step Four — Select the appropriate date range: Previous five years
  • Step Five (optional) — Limit the publication —left blank
lexisnexis academic news search on peru negro sorted by date
LexisNexis Academic: News — Search on Peru Negro, Sorted by Date

Listings interfile with more substantive articles

and reviews.

lexisnexis academic news search on peru negro sorted by relevance
LexisNexis Academic: News — Search on Peru Negro, Sorted by Relevance

More substantive articles tend to fall at the top of the list.

america history and life
America: History and Life
  • ABC-Clio product.
  • Provides bibliographic references with abstracts to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.
  • Articles date back to 1954.
  • Reasonably up to date; April 28 search showed 557 citations to 2005 publications.
  • Covers 2,000+ journals published worldwide.
  • In addition to covering all key English-language historical journals, includes selected historical journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Includes citations for dissertations and book and media reviews.
america history and life a few searching tips
America: History and LifeA Few Searching Tips
  • Use quotation marks around phrases.
  • Boolean AND is default between search words.
  • Truncation: * = multiple letters; ? = single letter. (Exactly the opposite of LexisNexis! Lesson here: always check the truncation symbols for each product; there is little consistency across databases.)
america history and life mozart and franklin search
America: History and Life — Mozart [and] Franklin Search

s

Brandeis SFX link

Latest hit on Mozart and Franklin in RILM is 1996!

america history and life mozart and franklin search following the sfx link
America: History and Life — Mozart [and] Franklin Search — Following the SFX Link

Clicking leads to:

s

america history and life mozart and franklin search full text of article via psycarticles ebscohost
America: History and Life — Mozart [and] Franklin Search — Full Text of Article via PsycARTICLES (EBSCOhost)
america history and life hip hop rap music search
America: History and Life — Hip-Hop / Rap Music Search

Keyword Search:

(hip-hop or hiphop or “rap music”) and music

Eliminated books from search.

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America: History and Life — Hip-Hop / Rap Music Search Results — First 8 of 54, with Sample Subjects from Full Records

Subject:Rap music.Popular Culture.Political Commentary.Music.Internationalism.Hip-hop.

Subject:California (Los Angeles).Music.Ethnic identity.Akwid (musical group).Mexican Americans.

Subject:Rap music.Music.Social networks.

Subject:Psychoanalysis.Death and Dying.Music.Rap music.Real (term).Hip-hop.Shakur, Tupac.

Subject:Religion.Rap music.Music.Blacks.Black Nationalism.

historical abstracts
Historical Abstracts
  • ABC-Clio product.
  • The “rest of the world” equivalent of America: History and Life—covers 1450 to the present—but completeness of world coverage controlled by the journals indexed.
  • Published since 1954.
  • Covers 2,000+ key historical journals published worldwide as well as a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of special interest to researchers and students of history
  • Also selected books and dissertations.
historical abstracts french jazz search results
Historical Abstracts — French Jazz Search Results

Subject: Popular Culture.Jazz.France (Paris).

Subject: National Self-image.Jazz.France (Paris).Debates.

Subject: Jazz.Hot Club de France.France.Blacks.Americans.

sociological abstracts some music interdisciplinary topics
Sociological Abstracts —Some Music / Interdisciplinary Topics
  • Popular culture
  • Popular music and society
  • Mass media
  • Ethnic issues
  • Women and music
  • Entertainment industry
sociological abstracts homepage
Sociological Abstracts — Homepage

Default is Relevance — you may want to change to Date (descending order)

american national biography music occupations and realms of renown
American National Biography: Music — Occupations and Realms of Renown

Comb Players                CornetistsFiddlersFlugelhorn PlayersFlutistsGuitaristsHarmonica PlayersHarpsichordistsHorn PlayersKeyboard PlayersOboistsOrganistsPercussionistsPianistsSaxophonistsSitar PlayersTrombonistsTrumpetersVibraharpistsViolinistsViolists             Types of Music and SingingBlues Musicians / SingersCantorsChantersConcert SingersCountry Musicians / SingersFolk Musicians / Singers                Gospel Musicians / Singers                Jazz Musicians                Jazz Singers                Opera Singers                Popular Singers                Ragtime Musicians                Reggae Musicians                Rhythm and Blues Musicians / Singers                Rock Musicians / Singers                Soul Musicians / Singers                Western Swing Musicians

Performing Arts

Radio and Television            Disc Jockeys            Radio / Television Engineers            Radio / Television Personalities            Radio / Television Producers / Directors            Radio / Television Writers            Religious Broadcasters         Theater and Live Entertainment            Acrobats            Burlesque Performers            Circus Performers            Clowns            Comedians            Costume Designers            Cowboys            Daredevils            Impersonators            Magicians            Midgets            Mimes            Minstrel Show Performers            Monologuists            Orators            Puppeteers            Rodeo Performers            Sharpshooters            Siamese Twins            Stage / Screen Actors            Theatrical Designers            Theatrical Producers / Directors            Toastmasters            Vaudeville Performers            Ventriloquists

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OTHER NON-MUSIC ELECTRONIC RESOURCESWITH SIGNIFICANT MUSIC CONTENTNote: I have tested all of these resources for music content; coverage varies, but if used with limited expectations, the results can often be surprising and retrieve materials not found in the standard music resources.List is based on what is available from Brandeis University.

American Music (through 1876)

  • Early American Newspapers, 1690–1876 (Readex)

Asian Music

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies

Eastern European Music

  • American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies

Greek and Roman Music

  • L’année philologique
other non music electronic resources with significant music content
OTHER NON-MUSIC ELECTRONIC RESOURCESWITH SIGNIFICANT MUSIC CONTENT

Jewish Music

  • Index to Jewish Periodicals

Latin American Music

  • Handbook of Latin American Studies Online
  • Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI)

Music Aesthetics

  • Philosopher’s Index

Music and Medecine

  • PubMed (Medline)

Music and Society (Popular Culture)

  • Social Science Abstracts

Music Cognition

  • CogNet (MIT Press)
other non music electronic resources with significant music content39
OTHER NON-MUSIC ELECTRONIC RESOURCESWITH SIGNIFICANT MUSIC CONTENT

Music Education

  • Education Index

Psychology of Music

  • PsycINFO or PsycARTICLES

Women and Music

  • Contemporary Women’s Issues
  • Women’s Studies International

World Music / Ethnomusicology

  • Anthropology Plus (Eureka; combines Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature)