Music & Meaning in Community

Course #: MU620

Library web site

  • the quickest tour ever: COVID-19, books, articles, journals, theses

Examples of research

Database searching tips

  1. Developing a research question: for graduate students
  2. Consider word variations and synonyms
    • think about how others might refer to your ideas
    • e.g, child death, perinatal death, neonatal death, stillbirth, sudden infant death, etc.
  3. Better searching using AND, OR, NOT
    • AND (all terms) OR (one of the terms) NOT (exclude terms)
    • Parentheses and Boolean operators can be used to set apart search groups
    • NEAR/# = search terms within a specified number of words apart, e.g., nursing NEAR/3 education
  4. Limit or expand terms
    • "quotation marks" (exact) truncat* (truncate, truncates, truncated, truncation, etc.)
  5. Employ search limiters (available limiters depend on the database)
    • peer reviewed, article type, date
    • in PsycINFO, can include: age group, population group, methodology
  6. Identify key publications and authors
    • note citations, and cited references, repeated author names
  7. Document and track everything you do in the steps above

Choosing a Library Database

Books

  • Search Omni to identify books at Laurier (COVID: requests to other libraries not possible)
    • limit to "Available Online"
    • limit to "Books and eBooks"
  • Search within ebook collections to search within the full text of eBooks
    • as opposed to searching just the title in Omni

Videos

  • popular motion pictures: ACF Cine, Criterion
  • documentaries: Docuseek, Films on Demand

Predatory Journals

Managing Citations