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Music: Articles

Music-specific Article Databases

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Articles

Searching for Articles in OneSearch

In addition to using OneSearch for books, you can also use it to find articles, both scholarly and news. To access OneSearch, you can start by using the search box right on the library homepage.

search box

Here you can do a simple search by entering your search terms. For example:

  • Octavia Butler AND realism
  • science fiction AND black women AND young adult literature
  • science fiction OR afrofuturism AND young adult literature

Hint: use the filters on the right hand side of the results page to limit by either peer reviewed article OR news article.

Once you've found an article you want, click on the title. This will open up a longer description of the article.

article description

If the description looks good, click on the green Full Text Available link. This will bring you out of OneSearch and into the database where the full text is available. From there, you should be able to read and download the article. Don't forget to check out the related articles, which are suggested on the left side of this page.

find full text

Watch this short tutorial on using OneSearch to find ebooks and articles.

Multi Disciplinary Databases

Many databases have content in a wide range of topics, so if you're not sure what database to choose, any of these are good starting point. You can see the full list of databases that CCNY Libraries has access to on our Databases A-Z page. If you need help, ask a librarian! Below are some suggested multi disciplinary databases.

Watch this short introduction to the database JSTOR.

Watch this short introduction to the database Academic Search Complete.

Finding Subject Specific Databases

You can see the full list of databases that CCNY Libraries has access to on our Databases A-Z page. databases a to z subject dropdownThere is a dropdown filter for Subject, which allows you to choose a subject and see recommended databases. If you're not sure what database to choose, ask a librarian! Below are some suggested databases for a variety of subjects.

Finding News Specific Databases

CCNY Libraries has multiple databases that focus on news coverage. Below are a few to get you started. You can see many more on our News Research Guide.

Search Strategies

Start by doing a simple search on your topic in a database. See what kinds of results come back. Are the relevant? Are they what you were expecting to find? If they are relevant, great! If not, why not? Are your search terms too broad? Too narrow? Is there a better way to describe your topic? Try searching using different search terms. Or, explore your results using database filters. Here are some specific search strategies.

  • Build searches using your keywords instead of full sentences or questions
    • Instead of typing your research question or thesis into the database, create short search strings using your brainstormed search terms. Think about different ways to combine the parts of your topic to get different results. For example
      • Octavia Butler AND realism
      • science fiction AND black women AND young adult literature
      • science fiction OR afrofuturism AND young adult literature
  • Use multiple search boxesmultiple search boxes
    • You can build the above searches in a single search box or use one box per search term. This can help you easily change out a single term to narrow or broaden your results.
  • Use quotation marks around phrases or names
    • If you use a term that has multiple words in it, use quotation marks around the phrase to ensure that the database searches for the words together as a phrase, instead of wherever they happen to appear. For example
      • "Octavia Butler"
      • science fiction"
      • "young adult literature"
  • Use the language the database uses
    • You can also use key words or search terms you find in the subject terms or subject headings the database uses. This is sort of like talking to the database in it’s own language and how it tags or groups articles on similar topics. Often, this will increase the amount of relevant and specific results.

Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators are words that connect search terms or key words together to broaden or narrow the results retrieved. In library research they are often used with the library's research databases or the library catalog.

The three Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT.

  • AND narrows your search results by limiting your results to those that contain both words connected with AND.
  • OR expands your search results by including results that contain one word, the other word, or both words.
  • NOT narrows your search results by limiting your results to those that contain the word you designate before NOT, but not the word after NOT.

One way to visualize Boolean Operators is to use a Venn diagram. In a database, your Boolean searches would look like this

  • Peanut butter AND jelly
  • Peanut butter OR jelly
  • Peanut butter NOT jelly

3 venn diagrams