Music 1341: Library Research Tracey Snyder Assistant Music Librarian email@example.com
Today’s Session: topic—wayangPlease 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
Google—use sparingly Search “wayang” Consult Wikipedia article for overview Look at list of bibliographical references—are these scholarly sources? Are they relatively recent? A general Google search is all but useless for scholarly research, but tools like Google Books and Google Scholar do have value.
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 Cornell’s catalog and Cornell’s articles tab Good for locating known items and discovering related items
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 “wayang” Scan the bibliography, looking for items that are somewhat recent, and on topic (can be wayang, or more general)
Cornell’s Catalog (Books) Search title of overall work cited in Garland bibliography (not title of chapter) to locate it in the Cornell Libraries Advanced Search works well for known-item searching
Cornell’s Articles (Articles) Search title of article cited in Garland bibliography to access the article if available in electronic form Advanced Search works well for known-item searching * If the article is only available in print form, search title of journal (not title of article) in Cornell’s catalog
ProQuest Dissertations andTheses 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
RILM and Music Index Indexes to the scholarly literature in the field of music Can be searched separately or simultaneously— some overlap Why are these useful? Article-level/chapter-level indexing Variety of formats— books, chapters, articles, dissertations, etc. Detailed subject headings Abstracts—truly helpful! Search “wayang” as general keyword; can also specify to search for term in abstract, subject heading, title, etc.
Back to Cornell’s Catalog andArticles RILM and Music Index often link directly to the article if it is available in electronic form (Get It! Cornell) If not, search in Cornell’s catalog and articles tab, as before Use catalog for books Use articles tab for articles (in electronic form) Use catalog for journals (for articles in print form) Use ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (for dissertations)
Cornell’s Catalog and ArticlesAgain Try different keyword searches to discover more sources Catalog: 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 Articles: Browse subject headings etc. using the facets on the left; try out different possibilities
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
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 Find out about it Find it Find more like it