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Finding Articles

Step 1: Finding a CITATION to an Article and/or FULL-TEXT Online

Let's say you've chosen a research topic (such as "choral music of Igor Stravinsky"), and now you need to find related journal articles. You can start by searching an online journal index. (An index contains citations to articles, providing author, title, and subject information, plus a listing of the journal's name and volume. You are also often given an abstract--a brief summary of the article.)

Three essential music index/abstract databases to which we subscribe are Music Periodicals Database, Music Index, and RILM Abstracts.

In all three of these databases, you will find that many (but not all) of the search results will lead you to direct links where you can view the full-text of the article online. (If you can't access full-text online for the article you want, please proceed to Step 2.)

  • Music Periodicals Database (formerly known as International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text) covers a comprehensive range of subject areas in both scholarly and popular music journals, from 1874 to the present.
  • Music Index provides comprehensive coverage from more than 400 periodicals on the music field and every aspect of the classical and popular worlds of music, covering 1970-present.
  • RILM Abstracts includes citations (with abstracts) for books, chapters in essay collections, dissertations, and other sources in addition to journal articles. Coverage is 1967-present.

Another tip: you can also search your topic in Oxford Music Online (home of Grove Music Online). The article you select will likely have a bibliography section, citing several relevant journal articles and books for further reading.

Step 2: Finding the JOURNAL (if article isn't available full-text online)

Once you know which journal contains the article you want, you can use the Periodical List database to see whether Texas State has the journal--either in print or electronic form--and it will provide you with a call number to the print journal or a link for electronic access. (Type in the title of the journal you want, not the article title.) This comprehensive, searchable list of periodical titles includes:

  • Printed/bound and microform subscriptions (Note that print music and microform periodicals are located on the 3rd floor of the Alkek library, NOT at the Schneider.)
  • Electronic journal subscriptions
  • Full-text periodicals that are contained within databases to which the university subscribes (such as JSTOR and Project MUSE). Most of the e-journals and full-text databases can be accessed off-campus by students and employees with their TxState usernames and passwords. And anyone can access them password-free from the public-use computers at the Schneider and Alkek libraries.