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INFORMATION SKILLS 2009: JOURNAL DATABASES MANUAL

University of Sydney Library

    Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library

    Searching Music Databases & Electronic Resources

    For music Journals, Dissertations, and Manuscript Sources

What are journals?

    ? Publications that appear in successive parts, usually monthly or quarterly, sometimes annually.

? Journals, also called Serials or Periodicals, and can include a range of different types of

    periodic publication from newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, to peer-reviewed journals.

? Typically journals contain collections of articles by different authors, and depending on

    coverage, may also contain reviews of books, records and printed editions of music, as well as concerts.

What are dissertations?

? Dissertations are monographs on a particular subject presented by a student in full or partial

    fulfillment of the requirements of a degree (Doctorate, Masters, Bachelor, Diploma). Since only those dissertations stringently vetted and passed by academic examiners are listed in dissertation

    databases, we can be relatively sure of the general reliability of the contents.

Why do we need to use journals and dissertations?

    ? Journals and dissertations often contain the latest published research on a subject well before it reaches book form.

? Articles in peer-reviewed journals are critically vetted by other specialist scholars (the author’s

    academic “peers”) before publication to ensure the reliability of the data and arguments

    presented.

Journals & dissertations online and in hard-copy

    ? Until relatively recently, journals and dissertations have appeared in hard-copy (print) form, also in microform or microfilm format, and The University of Sydney Library, including the

    Conservatorium branch library still has large holdings of these.

? Now, however, the recent and historical contents of many journals, and dissertations, are

    available online. Currently enrolled students can download articles or complete dissertations in full-text or pdf formats through the library catalogue.

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Why do we need journal & dissertation databases?

? Journal databases enable us to search with ease a wide range of journals for articles on a

    particular subject.

    ? Searches yield either (1) citations alone (i.e. full bibliographic references, giving the author, title, journal name, issue and pages numbers) which then enable us to find the particular article in hard copy or search for it elsewhere online, or (2) citations with abstracts (i.e. usually a 150-250 word précis of the article’s subject and contents), or sometimes (3) citations with direct links that

    enable current students to download a full-text or PDF copy.

Learning outcomes

This module will enable you to:

? Find journal databases through the Databases & Electronic Resources portal in

    the University of Sydney Library Catalogue.

    ? Use databases to search for journal articles, dissertations, and manuscript sources.

    ? Use the catalogue to find the location of hard-copy journals.

    ? Critically evaluate the journal articles found.

The following music journal databases will be explored:

     Originally a print index, now an online index, of articles and Music Index Online

    reviews in currently more than 850 international music

    journals. Searches yield citations and some links to full-

    text/pdf downloads via JSTOR (see below).

     IIMP International Index to Music Periodicals

     An index of articles and reviews in more than 400

    international music journals; citations, abstracts, and some

    links to full-text/pdf downloads (commercial). Includes

    links to Naxos Music Library.

     A full-text and pdf archive of scholarly journals across many JSTOR

    disciplines, including some 55 major music journals (mostly

    English language) (not-for-profit).

     RILM Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

    (International Inventory of Musical Literature)

     A major bibliographic database of citations and abstracts for

    journals, dissertations, and books; no full-text/pdf links (not-

    for-profit).

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     RIPM Repertoire International de la Presse Musicale

    (International Inventory of Musical Periodicals)

    A retrospective index to musical periodicals published

    between 1800 and 1950 (approximately) (not-for-profit).

     RISM pertoire International des Sources Musicales

    (International Inventory of Musical Sources)

     A location tool for historical printed sources and

    manuscripts (dating from after c.1500); includes musical

    incipits and the name of the library which holds the

    manuscript; no full text (however, many of the manuscripts

    listed are available in published facsimile editions) (not-for-

    profit). NB: The complete RISM is not yet online, but print

    volumes can be found on Level 1 of the Conservatorium

    library (opposite the bottom of the stairs).

     Series A1 is a list of printed sources of works indexed under

    the name of individual composers; Series B is a list of

    catalogues and source materials; Series C is a directory of

    libraries that contains materials listed in RISM.

     A database of abstracts of university theses in the arts and Dissertations and Theses

    sciences, with North American emphasis; includes abstracts, Online

    with full-text/pdf links from 1997.

     A general reference database of the humanities and social ProQuest 5000

    sciences providing access to over 10,090 publications, more

    than 5,880 of those in full text; includes journals, and a large

    selections of specialist magazines and major international

    daily newspapers (commercial).

     Database of psychological literature from the 1800s to the PsycINFO

    present;.bibliographic references and abstracts to journal

    articles, book chapters and dissertations; some full-text

    (commercial).

     Formerly Australian Education Index: an index to journal A+ Education

    articles, books, conference papers, theses, research reports

    and parliamentary papers on Australian education. Abstracts

    only.

     Bibliography of Australian Music Education Research: a BAMER

    bibliography of theses in music education (both completed

    and in-progress); a majority of theses are from Australian

    universities; citations only.

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     Educational Resources Information Center: an index to ERIC

    journal articles and conference papers in education North

    American emphasis; abstracts; some full-text.

Which databases will you need to use?

ALL students will need to use:

    ? Music Index Online

    ? IIMP

    ? JSTOR

    ? ProQuest 5000

    Honours and postgraduate students also will use:

    ? RILM

    ? Dissertations and Theses

    Online

    Databases of relevance to students in particular disciplines:

? PsychInfo

? (musicology) RIPM & RISM

? (music education) A+ Education

    BAMER

    ERIC

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BOOLEAN SEARCHING

    Boolean searching can improve your search results. It helps in the construction of a logical search

    strategy.

    Boolean operators are AND, OR, NOT. They can be best conceptualized by using Venn diagrams.

AND narrows a search

Example: Handel and Telemann and Vivaldi

    This will retrieve articles/papers about all three composers.

OR broadens a search

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Example: Handel or Telemann or Vivaldi

    This will retrieve articles/papers about one or more of the composers.

NOT eliminates concepts

Example: Vivaldi NOT Handel.

    Finds articles/papers about Vivaldi not Handel

    Boolean searching helps in working out the key concepts in a search strategy and whether you need to AND, Or or NOT the concepts.

    Nesting or using parentheses or brackets around your synonyms of concepts that you’re ANDing, ORing or NOTing is useful. See the information provided about this on the library’s

    website about searching smarter and faster

    http://elearning.library.usyd.edu.au/learn/topic/index.php

    Truncation or wildcards should also be taken into account for a search strategy. Wildcards give you variations allowing multiple word endings analy? Can be

    Analysis, analyses, analytical.

    In some databases the symbol for truncation is ? and in others it’s *. Read the help notes for the database you’re using.

    Sometimes instead of truncation it’s necessary to put the individual words or variant spellings in

    e.g. counterpoint or contrapuntal or contrapuntus or kontrapuntus Mirror fugues or contrapuntus inversus

    Try formulating a search strategy for the topics below:

    ; The use of mirror fugues in Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) BWV 1080.

    Try formulating a search strategy for the topics below:

    ; The use of mirror fugues in Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue) BWV 1080.

    ; The influence of the gamelan in the music of Debussy with particular references to Piano

    Preludes Book 1.

    ; Sculthorpe’s use of repetition (as a stylistic feature).

    ; The use of counterpoint in Handel’s Concerti Grossi.

    ; The use of sonata form in Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. Opus 27.

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    ? Search Music Index for references to articles on Bach and Object

    counterpoint.

     Procedure

    ? Go to the Catalogue www.library.usyd.edu.au/

    ? On the dark blue task menu at the top of the page, click on databases & electronic

    resources.

? In the list of Databases by Subject, click on Music to open the Music Databases page.

? In the alphabetical table, scroll down to Music Index and click on open database.

? [If you are accessing the catalogue from a remote site, you will be asked to login

     by entering your student username and password.]

    ? On the page Usage conditions for Library electronic resources you will need to comply

    with conditions of use and click on I agree to continue to resource.

? Once in the Music Index homepage, on this occasion click on BASIC search.

? In the Key Word Field type “Bach counterpoint” and then click START SEARCH.

    ? You will have retrieved 78 brief citations (February 2009); they are shown not in

    alphabetical or date order, but according to a hidden algorithm; scroll down through them

    carefully until you come to the citation matching the following bibliographic reference:

     J. Dubiel, “When you are a Beethoven”: kinds of rules in Schenker's

     Counterpoint”, Journal of Music Theory 34 no2 (1990), 291-340.

    ? Click on the underlined title When you are a Beethoven”: kinds of rules in Schenker's

    Counterpoint.

? You are now viewing the full citation for the article in question; notice under the

    SUBJECTS heading at the bottom of the screen that your keywords BACH and

    COUNTERPOINT appear in red; other headings in the list could also be used as

    keywords in combination with BACH in additional searches, for example: “Bach

    composition” and “Bach analysis.

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    ? For now however, immediately under the TITLE line, click on the red icon:

    ? The first page of the article appears in the centre of the screen. To read the full article:

    Ensure Pop-ups are disabled (top of the page next to Bookmarks).

    Click PDF and the Duke University page will come up.

    Scroll sown the Duke University page to the article.

    Once the article has come up in the Adobe Reader, click on the print icon at the left of the

    taskbar at the top of the page.

    .

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    ? Search using the EXPERT option in Music Index Online Object

    to find articles on Schoenberg and counterpoint.

What is the benefit of using the EXPERT search option?

? Increased relevance of retrieval; the EXPERT option allows you to limit to particular fields,

    for example: Subject; or to particular Document Types, for example: Articles, but not Reviews. You may also set date ranges, for example, to retrieve only material dated after 2000.

     Procedure

    ? Go to the Catalogue www.library.usyd.edu.au/

? On the dark blue task menu at the top of the page, click on databases & electronic

    resources.

? In the list of Databases by Subject, click on Music to open the Music Databases page.

? In the table, scroll down to Music Index and click on title to open database.

? [If you are accessing the catalogue from a remote site, you will be asked to login

     by entering your student username and password.]

    ? On the page Usage conditions for Library electronic resources you will need to comply

    with conditions of use and click on I agree to continue to resource.

? Once in the Music Index homepage, click on EXPERT search.

? On the search page, under the heading Key Word Fields go to the Subject line and type

    in “Schoenberg counterpoint”; then, under the heading Search Options, scroll to

    Document Type and used drop-down menu to click on and select ARTICLE; finally,

    click on START SEARCH.

    ? You will have retrieved (approximately) 11 citations; scroll through them carefully until

    you come to the citation matching the following bibliographic reference:

     S. Neff, “Schoenberg's Kristallnacht fugue: contrapuntal exercise or unknown

     piece?”, The Musical Quarterly 86 (Spring 2002), 117-48.

     Note that there are two citations for articles by S. Neff of this title; however, only that in

    The Musical Quarterly is supported with a full-text option; so click on the underlined title

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    of The Musical Quarterly article to view the full citation.

    ? In this instance, the full citation contains no direct link to a full-text option, so you will

    need to quit the database and go to the library catalogue to get a copy of this article.

? Once back in the library catalogue search page, click on JOURNAL and then in the

    journal search box type in the journal title “Musical Quarterly” and click on Submit.

? In the results list, click on Musical Quarterly Online

? In the for electronic access box, you will see that at there are least 8 different full-text

    options available to you, the main difference between them being date limitations; the thSpring 2002 issue is only available in the 7 option, ProQuest 5000 International:

    1/4/2002 to 1/10/2002, so click on that.

? [If you are accessing the catalogue from a remote site, you may be asked to login

     again by entering your student username and password.]

    ? On the page Usage conditions for Library electronic resources you will need to comply

    with conditions of use and click on I agree to continue to resource.

? Once on the ProQuest Musical Quarterly page, under the heading Browse specific issues

    scroll to Spring 2002, Vol. 86, Iss. 1 and click.

? You now have a complete list of contents for the issue; so scroll down through them and

    you will see that the article you want to retrieve is item No. 6; to download a full-text PDF

    either click on the underlined title Schoenberg's Kristallnacht Fugue …, or on the PDF

    logo on the line immediately below it.

    ? Once the article has come up in the Adobe Reader, click on the print icon at the left of the

    taskbar at the top of the page.

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