Online Resources for Music Therapy Majors Presented by the Stan Getz Library http://library.berklee.edu
Vocabulary - A Common Language
Search Techniques and Strategies
Primary Resources - Medline, PsycFirst
Locating Resources - Library Periodical Holdings and Interlibrary Loan
Secondary Resources - Britannica, Index to Music Periodicals
Secondary Resources 2 - The Internet
da.ta.base n (ca. 1962):
a usually large collection of data organized especially for rapid search and retrieval (as by a computer)
rec.ord n … (2):
a collection of related items of information (as in a database) treated as a unit
field n ... (10):
a particular area (as of a record in a database) in which the same type of information is regularly recorded
in.dex n … :
information extracted from a particular area (ie. a field in a database) and organized to facilitate searching
Keyword: Each word (from a field or fields) is indexed with a link to the originating record.
Alphabetical: Information (from a field of fields) is organized from the first character (letter or number) through the last.
Everyday Search Strategies
Examples of Keyword
Examples of Alphabetical
Keyword Search Tool Features
Truncation (Wildcard Characters)
The and operator will refine a search and reduce the volume of "hits" by requiring that more than one keyword is found in a record.
jazz and swing
alzheimers and music
mile and davis
The or operator will expand a search and increase the number of hits. The results will contain one or both of the keywords.
jazz or swing
alzheimers or music
miles or davis
The not operator will limit a search and decrease the number of "hits" requiring that the results contain all of the records that contain one keyword, except those that contain the second keyword.
jazz not swing
alzheimer’s not dementia
electronic not pop
Extending Boolean Operators
Truncation - Wildcards
Wildcard characters allow you to search for the root of a word. This also allows you to search for both singular and plural versions of a word.