MUSC 103 American Popular Music

Databases for News, Magazine, and Journal Articles

Newspaper and Magazines:

Newspapers, Magazines, and Journal Articles:

Journal Articles Only:

Databases for Historical Newspapers

Search Tip: Try Different Searching Strategies

Searching the resources we have at Holman Library can be overwhelming! To help you narrow or broaden your search so that you can find sources effectively and efficiently, try these things:

1. Use the Advanced Search instead of a basic search

Rather than searching all of your keywords on one search line, try combining keywords on different lines and use Boolean operators ( AND / OR / NOT )

2. Put phrases in quotation marks

Instead of searching popular music, try searching "popular music". This will search the words in that specific order, as a set phrase.

3. Use truncation symbols (such as * ) 

When you use the asterisk ( * ), you can search all forms of a word. For example, if you search music* , you will get results for not just music, but also musician, musical, etc.

Search Tip: Use Filters to Narrow Down Results

Once you do a search, the library search tool will show you many different results. Don't be afraid to use the options to narrow your search by date or adding more related ideas-- you can explore and find good information this way!

(We're looking at ProQuest below, but using the narrowing options and clicking on titles for more details are skills you can use in many different library search tools.)

You can see an example of how to find the narrowing options and the full text in ProQuest below:

ProQuest Results

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Use Holman Library One Search to:
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Use filters on the left to limit by specific source type, date range, and more.

Primary & Secondary Sources

Primary Source Information
income_graphcomes directly from real life data or from the time of an event.

Examples include: statistics, laboratory experiments and reports on the results of those experiments, news reporting that occurs when an event happens, diaries/journals, transcripts of speeches.

Use primary source information to show the impact your composer had on society at the time they were working / living.


Secondary Source Information
Reference Bookcomes from a collection of primary-source data that is drawn together to provide a larger picture view of an event or to provide a recommendation or review.

Examples include: most textbooks, summaries of past research (called "literature reviews"), overviews and encyclopedia summaries, policy or product recommendations.

Use secondary source information to show the impact your composer's work has had over time