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When Should I Use a Database?
Since Primo Library Search includes articles in its results, you may be wondering why you would bother to search in a journal article database. There are several reasons for using an individual database:
- Noise - Say you're looking for information on zombies (computers that distribute spam) and you find articles on the walking dead, philosophy, anthropology, and other subjects; using a database that specializes in computer literature lets you focus on your topic
- Bells and Whistles - Some databases have specialized subject headings and powerful search features; most let you search within the full text of articles
- Thoroughness - not all database articles are included in Primo Library Search, for technical reasons; Education Full Text and CINAHL (Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature), and the databases on the Databases on the Web guide are not included in the Library Search
Use Databases to find Articles
Additional Indexes to Periodicals
The Bach Bibliography database is compiled and maintained by Yo Tomita, of the School of Music, Queen's University Belfast. It contains a large number of citations to journal articles, books, dissertations, and other materials relating to the study of J.S. Bach. "Since 2012 the Online Bach Bibliography is taken care of and continually enlarged by the Leipzig Bach Archive in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Yo Tomita."
The Beethoven Gateway, formerly the Beethoven Bibliography Database, is a comprehensive, "fully-indexed bibliography of published materials relating to Ludwig van Beethoven. … The database is a primary project of the Ira F. Brilliant Center forBeethoven Studies at San Jose State University." Many entries have abstracts or descriptions in the "notes" field.
CAIRSS for Music
CAIRSS for Music database of music research literature in music education, music psychology, music therapy, and music no longer exists separately; it has been incorporated into the UTSA library metasearch tool.
Canadian Music Periodical Index
Indexes Canadian music journals & magazines.
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