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  • 1. Tracey Snyder
    Assistant Music Librarian
    tls224@cornell.edu
    Music 2303: Library Research
  • 2. About Scholarly Research
    Search several different places for sources
    Search several different ways for sources
    Be prepared to spend time searching for, selecting, and locating sources
    Start searching early; allow time for requesting materials that are already checked out or are not yet owned by Cornell
    Ask a librarian or your instructor for help if you are getting stuck or feeling unsure about your results
  • 3. Some Types of Research Tools
    Subject encyclopedias (Garland, etc.)
    Good starting point for getting background information
    Bibliographies (pub’d separately, or with encyclopedia entry)
    Good starting point for choosing sources
    Periodical indexes/literature indexes (RILM, etc.)
    Good for discovering other scholarly sources on your topic
    Library catalogs
    Good for locating known items and discovering related items
  • 4. Today’s Session: topic—dangdut
    Please open four Internet tabs:
    Google/Wikipedia
    Can be a good place to start; definitely a bad place to stop!
    Library Guide (from Blackboard)
    Links to various useful tools selected for this class
    Library Website
    Access to two different library catalog interfaces
    Research Databases TBA as the session progresses
    Links from Blackboard
  • 5. Google—use sparingly
    Search “dangdut”
    Consult Wikipedia article for overview
    Look at list of bibliographical references—are these scholarly sources? (No, they are articles from magazines and newspapers. These can be of value, but they are not scholarly writings.)
    A general Google search is all but useless for scholarly research, but tools like Google Books and Google Scholar have value.
  • 6. Garland Encyclopedia
    Access through Library Guide
    Major scholarly reference source for topics in world music—use in place of (or in addition to) Wikipedia
    Search “dangdut”
    Scan the bibliography, looking for items that are somewhat recent, and on topic (can be dangdut, or more generally Indonesian popular music)
    Look for citations of these items in the context of the entry—press Ctrl+F (or Mac equivalent) to find instances of “dangdut”
  • 7. Library Catalog
    Search title of overall work cited in Garland bibliography (not title of article or chapter) to locate it in the Cornell Library system
    Advanced Search works well for known-item searching
    Do not rely on library catalog for article-level/chapter-level indexing—it is only done sporadically
  • 8. RILM and Music Index
    Indexes to the scholarly literature in the field of music
    Can be searched separately or simultaneously
    Why are these useful?
    Article-level/chapter-level indexing
    Variety of material types, including books, chapters, articles, dissertations
    Detailed subject headings
    Abstracts
    Search “dangdut” as general keyword; can also specify to search for term in abstract, subject heading, title, etc.
  • 9. Back to the Library Catalog
    Search title of overall work cited in RILM or Music Index (not title of article or chapter) to locate it in the Cornell Library system
    Advanced Search works well for known-item searching
    Do not rely on library catalog for article-level/chapter-level indexing—it is only done sporadically
  • 10. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    Access to the full text of dissertations and theses by music scholars (soon-to-be faculty)
    Keep in mind that each of these scholars usually publishes a book based on the dissertation several years later—search the author in the library catalog to find out if the book has been published yet
    Title usually differs somewhat
    Content is updated, so prefer the book over the dissertation
  • 11. Library Catalog Again
    Try different keyword searches to discover more sources
    When you find something promising, look at the subject headings, and use them in a new search (by clicking a subject heading, or by entering subject terms in an Advanced Search by Subject) to find similar items
    Also look at the call number, and browse the call number area for similar books
    This can only be done in the “Classic Catalog” interface
    Try browsing ML3502.I5 (popular music of Indonesia) in the “Classic Catalog”
  • 12. In Summary
    Expect to see some of the same sources turn up in different places—that’s a good thing
    Embrace serendipitous discoveries
    Think of searching for sources as an iterative process
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