Guide to Music resources at Albertsons Library, Boise State University
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2012
Search for articles and books across multiple databases simultaneously.
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First, you need to know what tools you'll use. Then you'll need to know what you're looking for. So lets look at a few key points:
- Databases are ways of organizing and accessing many types and formats of information. Most of the databases the library offers contain articles from many different journals, magazines, and/or newspapers (though some also contain music audio files or scores) and are both searchable and browseable.
- So, what's the difference between journals, magazines, and articles and what do searchable and browseable mean?
- Journals are collections of articles on a particular subject - like magazines, except they're more specialized. They are written by scholars for scholars and frequently are peer-reviewed, which means that a group of scholars / experts in the field had to decide that the article was well enough written and researched to be published in the journal.
- Articles are sort of like the papers you write for class - except they're much longer, contain more in depth research, and are generally written by scholars.
- Searchable means you can search though all the articles in a database by Keyword (just like Google) or by Subject terms (sort of like tags in del.icio.us or amazon, but created by professionals / scholars in the specific field).
- Browseable means you can look through all the issues of a specific journal title within that database - sort of like pulling a copy off the shelf to look through, but electronically.
The databases below are helpful for finding online journal articles.
- International Index to Music Periodicals
Full-text database with International coverage of both scholarly and popular music journals from 1874 to the present.
- JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
JSTOR is a full-text database of scholarly journals in many subject areas including music. It is a retrospective index, meaning that the most recent 1 to 5 years of each journal are not available through this database. It can be searched by journal title or keyword, and its music coverage goes back to the 1800s.
- Music Index Online
Classical and popular music in all styles and genres of music. Includes some full-text of materials published from 1975 to the present.
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Comprehensive guide to the international literature on music and music-related subjects published from 1967 to the present including publications in over 240 languages, some articles may not be in English.
- Oxford Music Online
Online versions of New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford Companion to Music, and Oxford Dictionary of Music.
All of our listening databases - arranged alphabetically.
- American Song
Audio files of songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys as well as songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests and more.
- Classical Music Library
Selections include vocal/choral, stage/screen, opera/operetta, sacred, chamber, instrumental, and orchestral; database contains multiple recordings of most major works for comparative listening.
- Contemporary World Music
Contains 50,000 tracks plus liner notes. Covers all regions from every continent and includes multiple genres.
- Jazz Music Library
Contains thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres from legendary record labels, including Audiophile, Concord Jazz, Contemporary Records, Fantasy, Jazzology, Milestone, Nessa Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, and Prestige. Labels being added include Circle Records, GHB Records, Good Time Jazz, GRP Records, Impulse, Peak, Riverside, Solo Art Records, Stretch Records, Verve, and dozens more.
- Music Online
Search all the databases below at once.
- Opera in Video
Streaming video of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.
- Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Songs from the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.
Databases with content from multiple disciplines that may be useful for music research
- Academic Search Premier
Some full-text. Coverage from 1975 to the present. Contains 85 titles relating to music.
Full-text interdisciplinary database coverage starts in 1800s. Does not include the most recent 5 years! Contains over 50 journals relating to music.
- Project MUSE
Mostly full-text from 1993 to the present with links to JSTOR for backfiles. Contains 11 journals relating to music.
- World Cat
catalog of books, web resources, and other material worldwide of libraries belonging to OCLC. Good place to look if Albertsons Library does not have an item. You can find out whether an other local library may have what you need.
- Sage Premier
Fulltext database of journals and articles.
- Newspaper Source
National and regional newspapers
U.S. Department of Education website
- Dissertation Abstracts
Contains PhD abstracts since 1980 and thesis abstracts since 1988. Full-text available from 1997- .
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
Good source for popular music and music in the media
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Provides citation searching and indexing
- ScholarWorks, Department of Music
A great resource for programs of past performances of the Music department, as well as BSU faculty publications and presentations.
- ScholarWorks, University Publications
A source for university publications, including student newspapers, university catalogs, and books on the history of Boise State University.
- Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory
Source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Ulrich’s covers more than 900 subject areas. The records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.
- ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Dissertations cover 1861-present and theses cover 1920s-present.
- Historical New York Times
View scans of original articles in the NYT from 1851 through 2006. Includes reviews of performances and publications.
- Historical Los Angeles Times
View scans of original articles in the LA Times from 1881 through 1986. Includes reviews of performances and publications.