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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 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”
overview of citation databases
Overview of citation databases

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)
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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