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Music History 2020

a guide for students in music classes, created by librarian Maryke Barber

Recommended  Databases

Tips for database searching

Use AND to connect ideas
Use (  OR  )  to search synonyms or related terms:
(women OR female) AND (musicians OR singers)


Place names or other phrases in quotations:
“Brandenburg Concerto”

Use truncation to search all forms of a word:   
      music*
for music, musical, musician, musicians…


Use subject headings: find them under “subjects”, “thesaurus” or “index.” JSTOR doesn’t have s.h.’s; for more precision, search the abstract only.


Check HELP: not all databases use the same commands!!

How to search

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.