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MU 211 Miles Ahead: The Miles Davis Years: Music Databases

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Full Text

If a database doesn't give you the full text of article, just click on the Tutt Link logo.

Tutt Link will search to see if the article is available

1) in another Tutt database
2) in print (second floor)
3) through Interlibrary Loan 

Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies

Footnotes and bibliographies are a quick way to find related materials and track the names of popular authors.

Best Bets for Music Databases

          Text Databases

          Grove Music Online

Use this resource to locate background and specific information on specific types of music (search by the name of the composer if you know it, or by the genre of music). Contains good bibliographies and links to other Internet resources. Provides sources on classical music, ethnomusicology, opera, jazz, and much more…

The Music Index

Scroll down to this title and click on the link.

Use this resource to gather citations to national/international journal articles, book reviews, etc, with an extensive coverage of music topics. It contains access to over 700 music journals; many of them will have links to full text you can print.


JSTOR is a scholarly journal archives with many music titles. It's a great place to find full-text scholarly articles. Although many journals in JSTOR are archives only, JSTOR is now starting to host current content (the most recent issues). It's best not to limit your search to music journals; you will find articles about music in journals principally devoted to other disciplines.

If you are doing some interdisciplinary work involving music, you may want to check out suggested databases for other disciplines.

Also, check out Academic Search Complete. Coverage: 1865 - current. It's a large database with extensive full text access to journals, in addition to abstracts and indexing. Subject coverage is general and broad. If you click on Choose Databases at the top of the search fields you can select many database to search at once.

Streamed Audio Databases

Streamed audio databases provide sound recordings 24/7 on and off campus. These include:

American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Database of Recorded American Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

The Music Library also has a large CD collection; you'll find many musical genres available for checkout.

Create a Keyword List

The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.

  • Start by compiling a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
  • Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
  • Try boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to link your terms together into a single search.
  • Look for additional terms in your search results. Add these to your list.
  • Search Google Books for keywords in the title, table of contents, subject headings, and text of books.

You may need to do multiple searches in each database to research your topic. However, with patient and persistence, you'll find relevant material.

Music Librarian

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Daryll Stevens
The fastest way to reach me is via the "Email Me" link above. You may also reach me at 389-6126, or 389-6560

Keyword Thesaurus

Use all variations of a keyword.

The Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus will help you find variations of keywords and subject headings.

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