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Start with these databases
The following three databases are the best starting point for research related to music:
MegaFile MegaFILE is comprised of EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases.
JSTOR Full-text archive of leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select books and other materials.
Education Research Complete Includes all levels of education and specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1840 journals, as well as full text for more than 950 journals, many books, and conference papers.
Communication & Mass Media Complete CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles in the areas of communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. The database includes full text for over 450 journals.
Need more options?
If you weren't able to find what you were looking for, try these instead:
Project MUSE Full-text articles in humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.
PsycINFO Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations. Contains over 2.5 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the early 1800s. Journal coverage includes material selected from more than 2,200 periodicals in more than 27 languages.
ScienceDirect Covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature.
Using Google Scholar
Google Scholar can be a great place to begin your research, especially if the topic is new to you and you're uncertain of what kinds of keywords you should be using to find articles in library databases.
If you're on campus, the books and articles at the SMSU Library are automatically linked up to your Google Scholar results. Never fear, however-- you can connect Google Scholar to the SMSU Library from wherever you are.
Here's what you do:
- go to scholar.google.com
- click on "settings" (the icon looks like a gear)
- click on "library links" on the left side of the page
- type in "Southwest Minnesota State University"
- checkmark the two boxes that appear beneath the search box with SMSU's name next to them
- click save
If you have a Google account, as long as you're logged in, Google will remember that you are searching SMSU. If you don't have an account, you'll need to repeat this process every time you open a new browser window or search on a new computer.