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Music 1341 wayang

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Music 1341 wayang

  1. 1. Music 1341: Library Research Tracey Snyder Assistant Music Librarian tls224@cornell.edu
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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)
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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)
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. 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

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