Monday, October 26, 2009

New music database!

Hello all! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I know I did--I attended the Reinhardt Trick-or-Treat with my kids, Snake-Eyes and Bubbles the PowerPuff Girl. As usual, it was a riot. Kudos to you students who outdo yourselves every year with the costumes and the decorating! You make me so proud!

Some of you may not know that my primary responsibility at the library is the maintenance of our journal collection. I try to keep our subscriptions up-to-date and get the most useful titles for the Reinhardt community. At the same time, I try to save our budget and help out the environment by limiting our print journals to those not covered in the databases. As a result, I'm pretty familiar with what the databases cover. I was really thrilled to see one of our newest databases added to the collection: International Index to Music Periodicals.

It's rare to find a database that covers music journals, and I really want to thank our director, Michael Martinez, for getting this one for us. IIMP contains the full text of more than 100 music journals (some scholarly, some less so), and the indexes of more than 300 more. These contain a range of titles from International Journal of Music Education to Ethnomusicology to Rolling Stone. A wide range of subjects are included, from the teaching of music to music composition to performance in all musical genres. Whether you're researching Rachmaninoff or rap, you'll find a good resource here.

A couple of things I particularly appreciate about this database: you can easily limit your search to the full-text collection if you wish, and you can view title lists from both the complete collection and the full-text collection of journals. That not only makes my job easier, it makes it easier for you to find the resources you can use. Remember if you find an article you want, and it's not available in full-text from the site, we can get it for you through interlibrary loan.

Check this one out, music students!

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