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- Write out your search terms and keep track of what you've already tried
Example: "block scheduling" AND music AND "high school"
Is there another way to describe what you want?
Example: elementary school could also be K-5
more search tips...
- Try the Everything search on the Libraries Home Page
You'll see lots of full text articles and books that may be relevant to your topic. The more relevant articles will appear first but the number of results can be overwhelming.
- Next search Music Index and RILM Music Abstracts. These databases are not included in the Everything results because they are from a competing vendor. They are specifically indexing music journal titles so you don't really need to add music as a search term like you often do in interdisciplinary databases.
- ProQuest and ERIC are really good for education articles. You can often find full text music related articles in them.
- You might also try Google Scholar. There's a way to configure it so you can see what CMU has full text.
Language and Date Range are two quick ways to narrow down your search results.
Look for the Get It button within databases to see if there's full text, or if we subscribe in print, or to request materials via Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). The Journal Search will also give you an idea of what we have access to online for journal titles.
Notice the length of the article you find. Is it substantial enough for this assignment along with being from a scholarly publication?
Use Ulrich's to find out more information about a journal title (e.g. is it scholarly? which databases are indexing content?).
List of Databases with Descriptions
Citations of articles about classical and popular music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals. Covers 1970-present.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Citations and abstracts for scholarly articles, books, commentaries, conference proceedings, dissertations, festschriften, reviews, internet resources, motion pictures, sound recordings and technical drawings of musical instruments are all covered by RILM. Concert reviews, recording notes, and pedagogical manuals are indexed if they are of scholarly interest. Covers 1967-present.
Mega-database that searches many interdisciplinary databases together - journals, newspapers, magazines; also industry reports.
Articles in important academic journals from all disciplines (latest few years not available); also eBooks from leading academic publishers.
ERIC: Education Resources Information Center (ProQuest)
Central resource for articles and documents on all aspects of education. Contains citations, abstracts, and some full text. Database Guide
1894-present.The full text of nearly 80 journals from the American Psychological Association as well as its imprint, the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor and errata from each journal.
1887-present. American Psychological Association's renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, it is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Database Guide
. Also see definitions of methodologies