Kelvin Smith Library
This online tutorial covers use of the advanced search space in online academic databases with emphasis on those databases of use to graduate students in music and music education.
Academic databases provide indexing, abstracting, and links to full text or facsimiles of primary and secondary materials for a specific academic disciplines or group of disciplines. These materials consist primarily of journal articles, chapters of books, and dissertations, but may include any material which serves in scholarly research.
An “advanced search space” in an online database includes multiple boxes for inputting search terms, coupled with the ability to choose which database indexes will be searched. An example of the advanced search space in RILM (the most important database for journal articles on music) with search terms entered and indexes chosen:
This search will retrieve all articles in the journal Early Music which have something to do with gesture.
Section 1: Understanding the advanced search space.