COM LIT R1B: Literary & Philosophical Representations of Music

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These notes contain additional suggestions about how you might proceed to best use the resources outlined in this class guide.  They presume familiarity with the general concepts and information addressed in the other tabbed pages of the guide.

Suggested resources


  • find books on your topic
  • find periodicals identified as having article content on your topic
  • find encyclopedias to get background information
  • see search tips section on this page

SUBJECT article databases

  • identify article and essay content on your topic
  • results from resources in chosen discipline
  • see search tips section on this page
  • subjects: Literature, Philosophy, Music, History, etc.

  • MLA is a recommended database for literature
    • citation only (e.g. no full text)
    • use UC-eLinks locate article text

GENERAL article databases (interdisciplinary)

  • many have popular sources (magazine & news) as well scholarly
  • see search tips section on this page

  • JSTOR is a recommended database
    • scholarly journals
    • full text resource
    • use advanced search mode (if want to narrow to specific discipline)


Literature Resource Center

  • online encyclopedia for literature
  • biographical information about authors
    • access subject databases for literature
    • use sidebar menu to link to encyclopedias
    • link to the LRC and select a Person search
    • results will be tabbed (see biographies tab)
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Search tips

  • Recommended Tips for searching databases (also consider limiting by language)

  • Catalog searching (for books about a topic)

    • search 2 or 3  terms representing key concepts of your focus
    • try different combinations of terms
    • try synonyms and related terms
    • try adding the term criticism for literary analysis
    • try adding terms for specific types of materials:  encyclopedias, biographies...

      Sample keyword searches...

      kurosawa and criticism
      macbeth and criticism

      shakespeare and criticism and love
      mann and biography
      opera and encyclopedias

    • Limit by language - modify search to limit by selected language
    • If your search is too broad, use Modify button for search limits

  • If you get stuck try the chat reference feature (Help tab)
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Last Update: January 27, 2011 10:05