About Scholarly Research<br />Search several different places for sources<br />Search several different ways for sources<br />Be prepared to spend time searching for, selecting, and locating sources<br />Start searching early; allow time for requesting materials that are already checked out or are not yet owned by Cornell<br />Ask a librarian or your instructor for help if you are getting stuck or feeling unsure about your results<br />
Some Types of Research Tools<br />Subject encyclopedias (Garland, etc.)<br />Good starting point for getting background information<br />Bibliographies (pub’d separately, or with encyclopedia entry)<br />Good starting point for choosing sources<br />Periodical indexes/literature indexes (RILM, etc.)<br />Good for discovering other scholarly sources on your topic<br />Library catalogs<br />Good for locating known items and discovering related items<br />
Today’s Session: topic—dangdut<br />Please open four Internet tabs:<br />Google/Wikipedia<br />Can be a good place to start; definitely a bad place to stop!<br />Library Guide (from Blackboard)<br />Links to various useful tools selected for this class<br />Library Website<br />Access to two different library catalog interfaces<br />Research Databases TBA as the session progresses<br />Links from Blackboard<br />
Google—use sparingly<br />Search “dangdut”<br />Consult Wikipedia article for overview<br />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.)<br />A general Google search is all but useless for scholarly research, but tools like Google Books and Google Scholar have value.<br />
Garland Encyclopedia <br />Access through Library Guide<br />Major scholarly reference source for topics in world music—use in place of (or in addition to) Wikipedia<br />Search “dangdut”<br />Scan the bibliography, looking for items that are somewhat recent, and on topic (can be dangdut, or more generally Indonesian popular music)<br />Look for citations of these items in the context of the entry—press Ctrl+F (or Mac equivalent) to find instances of “dangdut”<br />
Library Catalog<br />Search title of overall work cited in Garland bibliography (not title of article or chapter) to locate it in the Cornell Library system<br />Advanced Search works well for known-item searching<br />Do not rely on library catalog for article-level/chapter-level indexing—it is only done sporadically<br />
RILM and Music Index<br />Indexes to the scholarly literature in the field of music<br />Can be searched separately or simultaneously<br />Why are these useful?<br />Article-level/chapter-level indexing<br />Variety of material types, including books, chapters, articles, dissertations<br />Detailed subject headings<br />Abstracts<br />Search “dangdut” as general keyword; can also specify to search for term in abstract, subject heading, title, etc.<br />
Back to the Library Catalog<br />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<br />Advanced Search works well for known-item searching<br />Do not rely on library catalog for article-level/chapter-level indexing—it is only done sporadically<br />
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses<br />Access to the full text of dissertations and theses by music scholars (soon-to-be faculty)<br />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 <br />Title usually differs somewhat <br />Content is updated, so prefer the book over the dissertation<br />
Library Catalog Again<br />Try different keyword searches to discover more sources<br />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<br />Also look at the call number, and browse the call number area for similar books<br />This can only be done in the “Classic Catalog” interface<br />Try browsing ML3502.I5 (popular music of Indonesia) in the “Classic Catalog”<br />
In Summary<br />Expect to see some of the same sources turn up in different places—that’s a good thing<br />Embrace serendipitous discoveries<br />Think of searching for sources as an iterative process<br />Find out about it<br />Find it<br />Find more like it<br />
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