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  • You won’t just be reading books. Your task is to digest several pieces of scholarly literature in various formats and demonstrate your command of the literature in your paper. It all begins with compiling a bibliography of writings, which is its own distinct process. You can learn a lot just from gathering sources to read.
  • You’ll find writings in some of these formats. Journal articles are a hugely important component of the scholarly literature. Why you want articles—explore a narrow topic in good detail.
  • The writings will shed light on the music in different ways. They may discuss the music and text, provide social commentary relevant to the time and place, or summarize historical perspectives on the music.
  • But rather than search one format at a time or one content type at a time, you are going to search everything at once in a three-part journey, that begins with Grove Music Online (or some other reference source), proceeds to Cornell’s catalog, and then to periodical indexes. I’ll explain what all of these things are.
  • Phase one. Who has used Grove? It’s a good starting point for music research.
  • Now that we have a few citations and we’ve located some chosen items, we’re ready for phase two, where we expand our search and look for additional items. We’ll do that in the catalog.
  • And here we are at the last leg of this journey.
  • It’s an iterative process. You might think of it as…And if you do that,…
  • Music Research Illustrated

    1. 1. Music Research Illustrated Tracey Snyder Assistant Music Librarian
    2. 2. Building a bibliography more books books other stuff Your bibliography
    3. 3. The formats you’ll find books book chapters journal articles dissertations conference papers
    4. 4. The content you’ll read elements of the music social context of the music historical perspectives on the music
    5. 5. The tools you’ll use Cornell’sGrove, Oxford, Periodical catalog and Garland, etc. indexes articles tab Grove Music Online, Oxford History of Western Music, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Encyclopedia of Popular Music
    6. 6. Cornell’sGrove, Oxford, Periodical catalog and Garland, etc. indexes articles tab • Select citations from the bibliography of the article about the genre, composer, etc.
    7. 7. Cornell’sGrove, Oxford, Periodical catalog and Garland, etc. indexes articles tab • Locate the selected items (catalog for books, articles tab for e-articles) • Search for additional items (subject headings, etc.)
    8. 8. Cornell’sGrove, Oxford, Periodical catalog and Garland, etc. indexes articles tab • Search for additional articles etc. Search for additional in RILM, Music Index, etc. articles etc. in:
    9. 9. Summary: discovering writingsGrove, Oxford, Cornell’s catalog PeriodicalGarland, etc. and articles tab indexes • Select • Locate the • Search for citations selected additional from the items articles etc. bibliography (catalog for in: of the article books, • RILM about the articles tab • Music genre, for e-articles) Index composer, • Search for • (RIPM) etc. additional • (ProQuest) items (subject headings, etc.)
    10. 10. Following the trail of citations Find Find it more like it Find out
    11. 11. Mastering the bibliographic universe