Guide to Library Research in Music

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Overview

A Guide to Library Research in Music introduces the process and techniques for researching and writing about music. This informative textbook provides concrete examples of different types of writing, offering a thorough introduction to music literature. It clearly describes various information-searching techniques and library-based organizational systems and introduces the array of music resources available. Pauline Shaw Bayne has cleanly organized the material in three succinct parts, allowing for three independent tracks of study. Part I treats essentials of the research process. It explains starting point resources like library catalogs, dictionaries, and bibliographies; addresses scholarly documentation, the use of style manuals, and basics of copyright; and provides samples of common written research products. Part 2 develops skills and strategies for library and Internet-based research, describing database structures and library catalogs, subject searching in catalogs and journal indexes, keyword searching techniques, related-record searching and citation databases, and the use of experts, the Internet, and thematic catalogs. In Part 3, Bayne describes music uniform titles and select resources that follow the organization of a music library, such as score collections, books and journals in music literature, and music teaching publications. Each chapter concludes with learning exercises to aid the students' concept application and skill development. Appendixes provide short cuts to specific topics in library organizational systems, including Library of Congress Subject Headings and Classification. The concluding bibliography provides a quick overview of music literature and resources, emphasizing electronic and print publications since 2000, but including standard references that all music researchers should know.
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Editorial Reviews

(Online Blog) Robinson Music Library
Pauline Shaw Bayne provides a comprehensive manual on the intricacies of research methods and information tools in the field of music. June 19, 2009
June 2009 Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Teachers of music research classes and students or scholars who are learning, honing, or updating research skills have an urgent need for excellent and current sources, and this book fits those criteria. Bayne gives a masterful overview of present-day serious music research, and astutely acknowledges the vital importance of online resources early on. Bayne's book has extensive material specifically designed to help students. Any librarian who helps patrons do advanced research in a music library will perceive the extensive music reference experience that guided the author.
May 2009 American Reference Books Annual
A work for students of music history and theory and those pursuing public or private music teaching and performance....Useful in any academic or special library with a large music focus.
June 2009 Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Teachers of music research classes and students or scholars who are learning, honing, or updating research skills have an urgent need for excellent and current sources, and this book fits those criteria. Bayne gives a masterful overview of present-day serious music research, and astutely acknowledges the vital importance of online resources early on. Bayne's book has extensive material specifically designed to help students. Any librarian who helps patrons do advanced research in a music library will perceive the extensive music reference experience that guided the author.
Fontes Artis Musicae
Ambitious and concisely written, A Guide to Library Research in Music will undoubtedly be a valuable resource for music librarians and music scholars in need of updating their knowledge; a worthwhile preparation tool for music graduate students who will be tested on music resources or source studies; and a helpful instruction guide for educators teaching music research and/or music information literacy.
Australian Library Journal
A Guide to Library Research in Music will be an important addition to the collections of music libraries and university libraries, as well as being essential reading for any student anticipating or embarking on postgraduate music research and for the reference and collection development librarians working to support them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810861480
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/2008
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pauline Shaw Bayne is assistant dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee and teaches the graduate course in Music Bibliography at the School of Music at Tennessee.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Dedication Part 2 List of Figures Part 3 Preface Part 4 Part 1. The Short Course: Music Research and Writing Chapter 5 1. The Research Process Chapter 6 2. Starting-Point Resources: Reference Books Chapter 7 3. Starting-Point Resources: Journals Chapter 8 4. Starting-Point Resources: Bibliographies Chapter 9 5. A Case Study Chapter 10 6. Scholarly Writing Chapter 11 7. Writing Samples Part 12 Part 2. How to Discover and Use Resources Chapter 13 8. Browsing as a Discovery Strategy Chapter 14 9. Databases: Structured for Searching Chapter 15 10. Subject Searching in Library Catalogs: Controlled Vocabulary Chapter 16 11. Subject Searching in Indexes and Abstracts Chapter 17 12. Keyword Searching Chapter 18 13. Related-Record Searching and Citation Indexes Chapter 19 14. Other Discovery Methods: Experts and the Internet Chapter 20 15. Using Thematic Catalogs Part 21 Part 3. Resources: The Literature of Music Chapter 22 16. M: The Music—Scores and Recordings Chapter 23 17. ML: Music Literature Chapter 24 18: MT: Instruction and Study Part 25 Appendix 1. Form Subdivisions: A Selective List from the Library of Congress Subject Headings Part 26 Appendix 2. Outline of the Library of Congress M-Class Part 27 Appendix 3. Topical Guide to Music in the Library of Congress Classification Part 28 Appendix 4. Bibliographies by Topic in ML128 Part 29 Bibliography Part 30 Subject Index Part 31 Author-Title Index
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