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A comprehensive guide to publications on music from all over the world, RILM Abstracts covers all literature about music, not just journal articles. Entries include abstracts in English. Coverage begins with 1967. Truncation symbol: *. Wildcard: ? for one character, * for multiple characters.
Try this for popular music. Indexes articles in more than 430 music journals from about 20 countries; selectively indexes some newspapers. Coverage begins with 1996 except for selected titles indexed in their entirety. Abstracts are provided for articles published after 1995.
Access a wide variety of journal articles in the humanities and other disciplines. Note: You may not be able to access the most current 2–7 years of certain journals—but many of these recent publications are found in Project MUSE.
Provides indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals and other publications. Access broad ranging resources that include full-text journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and video content from the Associate Press etc.
Access broad ranging resources that include full-text journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and video content from the Associated Press, etc.
Full-text access to news, business, medical, educational and legal sources. The sources include international, national, and regional newspapers; magazines; trade journals; newsletters; wire service reports; and transcripts of television and radio news programs.
Formerly LexisNexis Academic.
Scholarly v. Popular Sources
Scholarly-journal articles are appropriate for academic papers.
Popular-journal articles are especially useful when:
your topic is so current that scholars haven't written much about it.
you need first-hand, contemporaneous reports (such as a newspaper or magazine review by a person who attended a work's premiere).
Characteristics of Popular Publications:
Contain general information that appeals to a wide audience
Written by journalists or others who are not professionals in that field
Use easily understood language
Usually do NOT include citations or a bibliography
Limited or non-existent editorial review
May contain glossy photographs.
Examples include the New Yorker, Time, Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and Variety.
Characteristics of Scholarly Publications:
Report on primary research
Written by experts in the field
Written for other researchers/scholars
Use terms and language that are discipline-specific
Usually include in-text citations and a bibliography of cited sources
May include graphs, charts, etc. related to the topic
Often are peer reviewed by an editorial board of experts
Published by a professional organization or society, university, research center, or scholarly press.
Examples include Cambridge Opera Journal, Opera Quarterly, Journal of Musicology, American Music, Music & Letters, and Musical Quarterly.