Visual & Performing Arts Research Guide

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Visual and Performing Arts SG Intro

Welcome to the CSUSM Visual and Performing Arts Subject Guide. The resources identified in these pages may be only available to CSUSM users, but every attempt has been made to identify appropriate non-commercial free resources when possible.

Aren't finding what you need? Please contact the librarian for more help.

General Helps--Locating Books

CSUSM Library Catalog

provides information on books at Cal State San Marcos that are available either in paper (on the shelf) or electronic format (click on the WWW link in the catalog record for 2-hour access.)

Other Options (not at CSUSM)

may be locally held or be brought from across the country. To find out that a book exists, you need to search one of these three catalog databases. Once the material is in, you pick it up at the Library's Checkout desk.

  • Circuit is the joint catalog for CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD with delivery in 1-3 days.
  • Melvyl searches the entire University of California catalog system and delivers in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan.
  • WorldCat searches a 'universe' of library catalogs and delivers in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan.

Useful Keywords

Keywords can be subject to interpretation by a computer search function in ways you never imagined! Try to be specific in your search. Use 'modern dance' rather than 'dance' if you are looking for that specific form. 'African art' will bring back art in Africa as well as art by African-American artists.

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Art' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific artist, culture, etc. Here are a few examples:

Art Appreciation

Art, African -- 20th Century

Art And Morals

Painters -- Mexico -- Biography

Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 (note the last name, first name when looking for a person as subject, this also is the format to use when looking for a work by author)

Art Criticism

Browse the Book Stacks

Sometimes, just looking through the shelves can turn up works you would not have considered otherwise. Using the Library of Congress subject system, Art is shelved in the N call number area. The Wikipedia online encyclopedia provides a list of the subclasses in the N area so you can see how this is organized.

Genre Headings

Genre refers to a type of book or other information (e.g., videos) rather than the topic (as with a subject heading search.) A very important type of information in the Art discipline is exhibition catalogs. CSUSM has a number of these, and to find them is by selecting GENRE as the search field, instead of the default KEYWORD, and then type in Exhibitions. There are other art-related genres such as Video Art (recordings made of interviews with artists or exhibits) and Electronic Journals--Arts (full text journals in our databases or on the internet.) The searchable categories for this type of search continues to grow, so explore!

Locating Materials

The library catalog tells you what we own in either physical or virtual form, but what if you need something that we don't own?

Books can be ordered through Circuit (look for the Circuit button in the library catalog.)
Articles can be located by clicking on the Check SFX for Availabilitybutton in the database you are using OR through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL should be an option in Check SFX for Availabilityif there isn't a copy available in our research database collection.
Dissertations are very rarely needed, but if available for loan, can be requested through ILL.
Videos are normally not lent out through ILL, you need to go to the library that holds the item to view there or borrow yourself. You may find a video available for rent online, but they are normally very expensive.


Image Collections

Before download or use, check for any copyright or usage restrictions. Most images are provided with the intent of limited educational and scholarly use, but that does not mean they can be reproduced for widespread use or in products intended for sale.
If you are using the image for a class activity or assignment, consult the Visual Resources Association's Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research and Study to see what kinds of uses are advisable.  See especially Principle #4.
A great site for addressing copyright issues more generally is "Crash Course in Copyright" offered by the University of Texas. Resources for reading and links to previous conferences on copyright are available from the University of Oregon at Christine L. Sundt's Copyright & Art Issues.

General Image Collections

BUBL Link: Image Collections
A list of over 160 image collections with brief descriptions. Some links are broken, but the range of topics, from history, science, art, animals, grafitti and more in this list is worth the browse.

British Library Images Online
A marvelous collection of images, 72 dpi or educational use is free. Other resolutions require payment and more than single-use requires permission.

Chicano Art Digital Image Collection
Hosted at University of California, Santa Barbara, these images are restricted use, but offer a growing overview of Chicano art.

Cornell University Image Collections
A variety of collections including birds, political Americana, Indonesian art and more.

George Eastman House
The Collections Online link offers a large assortment of historical still images.

Gallery of the Open Frontier
University of Nebraska Press has assembled a large collection of photographs from the National Archives in relation to the Westward Expansion and American West.

Google Images
Probably the world's largest image collection, this scans a wide variety of sources in photographic, hand-drawn and computerized images.  Newly added as of November 2008 is a search of Life Magazine images.

Image Collections and Online Art
Maintained at University of Michigan, this relatively short list offers links to some of the best. Divided by geographic region, photography and 'collections, galleries & sources' with brief descriptions of each collection.

Internet Archive: Moving Picture Archive
A wide variety of films and stills from movies and television. This material has relatively unrestricted use, but do check for any restrictions before downloading.

LUCI--Materials held in the University of California system by seven participating campuses. Materials range from ancient Greek and Roman classics to California and public art. Be sure to read the page on 'How to Use LUCI" to understand the collection and get the best results.

Mother of All Art: Image Collections and Online Art--from University of Michigan offers links by geographic and genre headings.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery
A wide-ranging collection of images (photographs, prints, and more) from the massive collections held by NYPL. Sorted into subject-related collections or fully searchable from the home screen, these range in date, subject, media and purpose. 

Visual Collections-- A collection of over 30 online collections assembled by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates. Most collections are freely available, but may require a one-time software download available from the site. Collections include cartography, fine arts, architecture, photography and other. 

WikiMedia Commons--An image and media collection assembled in the wiki format. Searchable by subject, type and collection. Verify usage permissions before download.

World Images
A collection being assembled by the CSU with over 65,000 images has a broader range of content, including political and cultural history. Tutorials are provided for maximizing your use of this collection. This is a growing project with subject-specific image collections planned. 

 


California & CA History

California Heritage Collection

Hosted by UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, this site offers over 30,000 images of California history. Also searchable through the Online Archive of California collection.

CalPhotos
From the University of California, Berkeley. Collection is browseable or searchable and does include images from other than California. Images are provided under differing copyright usage permission, so be sure to check before using.

Online Archive of California--Primarily historical images of California or material held by California museums, libraries and archives, this site offers access to photographs, paintings and prints and some texts. Searchable by artist name, subject and media.

See also: American Memory under the Museum & Exhibitions listing

 


Museums & Exhibitions

Museum collections are valuable resources for art in all forms. Painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, jewelry and more are assembled in historical, cultural and geographic categories. Some museums have specializations in their collection activity and exhibits change frequently.

American Memory
Thematic collections gathered by the Library of Congress. Images (photographs, prints, line art, etc.) are available in nearly every collection. Click on the "More Browse Options" to access the Browse Collections function that offers a 'Photos & prints' option.

National Gallery of Art
Located in Washington, DC, this is the art gallery for the nation, but collects much more than US artists. Works are available to view and in many cases have a bibliography link to find more information.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Exhibitions link on the home page reveals several digitized exhibitions, mostly of Mexican art, but also Native Californian and general art.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art E.Space
An experimental project from SFMOMA to develop online art using a variety of media.

Smithsonian Image Gallery
Over 138,000 images digitized from photographs, slides, paintings and much more. Searchable by using the AMP catalog (includes documents and other materials as well as images) or browse the groupings by type of original media, Smithsonian collection group, or most popular use.

Timeline of Art History
A site provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art using images from their vast collections. 

University of California San Diego Slide Collection
The images are NOT online, but if you need to know what they have before going to visit the collection, this is the search tool for you. Many of the items are held in the Arts & Architecture Library.

Victoria and Albert Museum: Access to Images
A massive, searchable collection of images from the collections of the V&A Museum in London.

More links to collections, artists, and museums are discussed in David Mattison's article "Looking for Good Art: Web Resources and Image Databases, Part 1". He has some other useful articles on his bibliography at his web site.

Art

VPA - Art


Art Resources

Getting Started

Keywords: Think about the titles of works that you need to study (be aware that if the original title was in another language, you might find variations on the translated title), the genre (classical, modern, Dadaist, flash...), and artists and groups that are involved in the form you are researching. Boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross perceived boundaries. This can give you many choices for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a topic precise enough for a good paper.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries and indexes are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

  • Dictionary of Art; REF N31 .D5 1996
    Published by Grove, one of the premier publishers on art and music topics.
  • Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History; REF N5300 .F64 2000
  • Atlas of Western Art History: Artists, Sites, and Movements from Ancient Greece to the Modern Age; REF G1046 .E64 S7 1994  
  • International Dictionary of Art and Artists REF N40 .I55 1990

Books

A research paper on art is not a review of a exhibit you attended or what you think about an artist. It should study the artist's life, influences or other topic as your instruction specifies. You need to do research and find the number of materials required by your instructor on your topic to write a decent paper. Depending on how much time you have, you have a couple of options for where you can search:

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Art' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific artist, culture, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Art Appreciation

Art, African -- 20th Century

Art And Morals

Painters -- Mexico -- Biography

Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973 (note the last name, first name when looking for a person as subject, this also is the format to use when looking for a work by author)

Art Criticism

 


Articles

Arts-related journals include some of the latest research in the field as well as discussion of specific aspects of art such as history, genre, artists and movements. Journals are a good source for finding very detailed information on your topic. It is best to start with a couple of books before diving into journals to get ideas on terms to use in your search as you will get so many hits on the 'big picture'. To search for articles, you need to start with research databases.  Each will allow you to search hundreds or even thousands of journals at once. Some databases are directories, rather than full-text collections. Use the Check SFX for Availability link to check our other resources for the full text of the article. The first choice to make is which databases to look in first! Check the Visual Arts Databases link for recommendations.

Depending on your topic, you may find other databases useful as well (e.g., Art History should search the History databases, any research into creativity or psychology can use the psychology databases.)

 


Internet

 

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web. NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and look for references lists and citations for supporting documentation. Without careful fact-checking and research, you don't know what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know! Click on a link below to open a page of reliable sites you can check out:

Before getting started, you might want to refer to this reference book in our collection: Art Information and the Internet: How to Find it, How to Use It at REF N59 .J66 1999. This discusses, among other topics, museum web sites, search strategies and more. See the Museums page for online art collections hosted by museums from around the world.

ADAM(The gateway to art, design, architecture and media information on the internet)
Although not currently growing, this provides a search engine to excellent links gathered by British librarians.

Art on the Web
Calendars, guides, and a variety of sources sorted by topics in art history make this a good place to visit.

ArtsEdge
From the Kennedy Center for the Arts, this site is devoted to arts education, but offers some research resources as well.

Artslynx/Visual Arts
A nice site on visual arts with different categories including sculpture, journals, photography, and research sources.

InfoUSA: Visual Arts Overviews
Short list of government web pages on visual arts. A longer list of sites on the Current Arts Scene provides statistics, summary reports and a list of non-government organizations about the arts.

Insecula: L'Encyclop�die des artes et de l'architecture
Although an English site version is offered, you will need to be able to read French to use this site. A large listing of international art museums, artist biographies and more assembled by Antoine Kuipers. 

Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page
Maintained by the School of Art & Design at University of Michigan, this site provides links to art schools/departments, research resources, collections, exhibitions, museums and new media.

National Endowment for the Arts
The US government agency which funds art activities and programming. The website offers limited information, but as a Federal depository CSUSM collects a number of the NEA publications which are held in the Government Documents collection of the library.

Recursos a internet d'art i arquitectura
Although the site is in Spanish, the links provided to a wide variety of art are primarily in English.

Voice of the Shuttle: Art and Art History
A large and well-organized site of links on a wide variety of art topics.

Free-access Journals

ArtNexus.com
Online magazine featuring Latin American artists with online archive. Not all older issues are digitized and materials may not be in English.

ArtsJournal.com
A combination of weblog and newswire, updated daily, that examines issues affecting the arts such as copyright, artists, performers and more. You can follow the Visual Arts link to focus on more specific postings.

Directory Of Open Access Journals
Click on "visual arts" to see freely-available full text of arts-related online journals.

n.paradoxa
Although not the same as the print journal by the same name, this offers a wide range of articles on women's art 1996-2002.

PsyArt: An Online Journal for the Psychological Study of the Arts
Just like the title says, this peer-reviewed publication focuses on the psychological aspects of art, literature and other humanities and artists. Indexed in PsycInfo and MLA databases.

Local Sources

UCSD Arts Libraries
Located in the Geisel Library (used to be Social Sciences & Humanities, known as the 'spaceship') this collection can be viewed onsite. There are three collections: Arts & Architecture, Film & Video, and Music.

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Subjects of interest are Artist Profiles, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Public Art & Installations.

Art History

VPA - Art History


Art History Resources

Getting Started

Keywords: Think about the titles of works that you need to study (be aware that if the original title was in another language, you might find variations on the translated title), the genre (classical, modern, Dadaist, flash...), and artists and groups that are involved in the form you are researching. Boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross perceived boundaries. This can give you many choices for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a topic precise enough for a good paper.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries and indexes are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

  • Dictionary of Art; REF N31 .D5 1996
    Published by Grove, one of the premier publishers on art and music topics.
  • Penguin Concise Dictionary of Art History; REF N5300 .F64 2000
  • Atlas of Western Art History: Artists, Sites, and Movements from Ancient Greece to the Modern Age; REF G1046 .E64 S7 1994  

Books

A research paper on art is not a review of a exhibit you attended or what you think about an artist. It should study the artist's life, influences or other topic as your instruction specifies. You need to do research and find the number of materials required by your instructor on your topic to write a decent paper. Depending on how much time you have, you have a couple of options for where you can search:

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Art' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific artist, culture, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Art--History

Art--History--20th Century (note the time limiter, there can also be geographic limiters)

National Endowment For The Arts--History  (history of an arts-related agency or organization)

Art, Primitive

Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959  (note the last name, first name format when looking for a person as subject. This also is the format to use when looking for a work by a specific author.)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) Museums or other exhibition sites can be listed as alternate authors or subjects.

Mural Painting And Decoration--Ancient Egypt (type of art, limited by geographic region and time period)


Articles

Arts-related journals include some of the latest research in the field as well as discussion of specific aspects of art such as history, genre, artists and movements. Journals are a good source for finding very detailed information on your topic. It is best to start with a couple of books before diving into journals to get ideas on terms to use in your search as you will get so many hits on the 'big picture'. To search for articles, you need to start with research databases.  Each will allow you to search hundreds or even thousands of journals at once. Some databases are directories, rather than full-text collections. Use the Check SFX for Availability link to check our other resources for the full text of the article. The first choice to make is which databases to look in first! Check the Visual Arts Databases link for recommendations.

Depending on your topic, you may find other databases useful as well (e.g., Art History should search the History databases.)

 


Internet

This is a representative sample of Art History sources on the web. Check the Museums tab to see other sources on Art History.

Art History Resources on the Web
Maintained by Christopher Witcombe of Sweet Briar College, this site offers links to materials either by time period or geographic region.

Eighteenth-Century Resources: Art, Architecture, Landscape Gardening
Resources, museums and sites sorted by artist at Rutgers University. 

Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page
Maintained by the School of Art & Design at University of Michigan, this site provides links to art schools/departments, research resources, collections, exhibitions, museums and new media.

Resources in Art History for Graduate Students
A list of links, conferences, research award, publication opportunities and for the graduate researcher in Art History.

Timeline of Art History
A very detailed site provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art using images from their vast collections. Included are special topics indexes, artist index, subject index, maps and more. The periods covered run from prehistory through present day. 

The Victorian Web: Arts in Victorian Britain
Links to a variety of resources on Victorian art, printmaking, photography, fine arts and more.

Voice of the Shuttle: Art History
A large and well-organized site providing links to art history topics divided by general, geography, theory and more categories.

World Wide Web Virtual Library: History of Art
A short list of links to extensive pages of links on various aspects of art history and related areas of interest.

Artists & Movements

VPA - Artists & Movements


Research on Artists

Artists

Books

Subject search the library catalog by artist's last name, first name to get the most relevant materials. Keep in mind that the artist may be included in larger works and not listed in the catalog record. To locate 'hidden' materials, expand your search to the artist's genre, contemporaries or general art books and check the index for the artist's name.

Online

Sites that provide links to biographical materials, interviews and web sites for artists from all time periods and genres. 

Art History--Famous Artists--Master Index
This site claims to list over 22,000 artists by name, century, or nationality.

WebMuseum, Paris
Although no acknowledgement is apparent for the biographical information given on this site, the brief biographical information is accompanied by examples of the artist's work


Art Movements Research

Books

Each movement may be searched in the library catalog by its name (e.g., Postmodernism) or by practitioner by specific name (e.g., Dali, Salvadore) or term such as postmodernist.

  • Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords  STACKS N6490 .A87 1990
  • Artspoke: A Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements and Buzzwords, 1848-1944  STACKS N6447 .A85 1993
  • Dictionary of the Arts  REF NX80 .D53 1994
  • Encyclopedia of World Art  REF N31 .J32 1975b
  • Encyclopedia Persona A-Z  STACKS N6537.A2845 A4 1993 
  • Glossary of Art, Architecture, and Design Since 1945. Terms and Labels Describing Movements, Styles, and Groups Derived from the Vocabulary of Artists and Critics  STACKS N34 .W34
  • New International Illustrated Encyclopedia of Art  OVERSIZE  N31 .N4

Online Resources

Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online
Provided by the Getty Museum, this resources provides short definitions and descriptions of art terminology.

Art History--Art Movements
Links to brief descriptions of art movements from Abstract to Vorticism, identified by time period. Each page about a movement provides links to representative artists.

Art Movements Directory
From England, this site provides brief descriptions by either movement or timeline and representative artists. Some, but not all artists names will link to biographical information and images of their work.

Artcyclopedia: Artists by Movement
A short entry on each movement is accompanied with links to representative artists. The artists' pages offer links to museums where their works are held.

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art
Online courses offered by the Tate Museum.

Open Directory--Arts: Art History: Periods and Movements
Part of the DMOZ Open Directory Project, this site offers links to both movements and artists. Some target links have not been maintained, but this is one of the more comprehensive portals.

Dance

VPA - Dance


Dance Resources

Getting Started

Keywords: Think about words that describe your topic and the variations of that word as well as artists and groups that are involved in this form. Boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross perceived boundaries. This can give you great angles for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a topic precise enough for a good paper.

Encyclopedias and indexes are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

International Encyclopedia of Dance  REF GV 1585 .I586 1998
This addresses dance in all forms, with an emphasis on classical.

International Dictionary of Ballet
REFERENCE GV 1585 .I57 1993

Music Index
BOOK STACKS and REFERENCE ML 118 .M84  
Dance is a topic included in this yearly index from 1961-on.


Books& Videos

Samples of what a research paper can be: an analysis of a body of work, summation of others' research or discussion of a development of a dance style. A research paper on dance is not a review of a performance you attended or what you think about an dancer. For a proper research paper, you need to investigation in the literature on the topic and find 5-10 books, as well as articles, to write a decent paper. To search for books, you need to use a library catalog. Depending on how much time you have, you have a couple of options. 

Books at Cal State San Marcos

Library Catalog

Search our local collection of about 250,000 books. 

Other Options

Circuit (1-3 day delivery)
Search the collections of other San Diego area libraries -- about 3,000,000 books. Find and request books directly online; pick them up at our Library in 1-3 days.

WorldCat (5-10 day delivery)
Search the collections of libraries world-wide -- about 52,000,000 books. Find a book in this database, and fill-out an Interlibrary Loan delivery request. Book will be delivered to Library for pickup.

Library of Congress: Search Music, Theatre, and Dance

This agency works to collect all materials published in the US as well as all English language materials, so the coverage on any research topic is extensive. The catch is that the LoC does not lend materials, so try ordering through our Interlibrary Loan office if you find something you must have. The search information offered on this page is very useful in understanding how an academic library collection works.

Useful Keywords

Keywords can be subject to interpretation by a computer search function in ways you never imagined! Try to be specific in your search. Use 'modern dance' rather than 'dance' if you are looking for that specific form. 'African dance' will bring back dance in Africa as well as dance performances by African-Americans.

Useful Subject Terms

A more focused search of a library catalog is to use specific subject headings. These are labels used to group related books together. 'Dance' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific performer or choreographer, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Browse the Book Stacks

Sometimes, just looking through the shelves can turn up works you would not have considered otherwise. Using the Library of Congress subject system, Dance as performance is shelved in the GV call number area.

Videos

While generally not used for research in most disciplines, due to the visual nature of dance, video recordings of dance performances can be very important in your research. The videos will be located in the CSUSM Media Library using the same call number system as you used to find books on your dance study.

 


Articles

Dance-related journals include some of the latest research in the field as well as discussion of specific aspects of dance such as history, genre, artists and movements. Journals are a good source for finding very detailed information on your topic. It is best to start with a couple of books before diving into journals to get ideas on terms to use in your search as you will get so many hits on the 'big picture'.

To search for articles, you need to start with research databases.  Each will allow you to search hundreds or even thousands of journals at once. Some databases are directories, rather than full-text collections. Use the Check SFX for Availability link to check our other resources for the full text of the article. The first choice to make is which databases to look in first! Check the Dance Databases link for recommendations.

Depending on your topic, you may find other databases useful as well (e.g., Kinesiology studies will provide sources on movement and training.)


Internet

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web. NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and look for references lists and citations for supporting documentation. Without careful fact-checking and research, you don't know what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know! Click on a link below to open a page of reliable sites you can check out:

Before getting started, you might want to refer to this reference book in our collection: Art Information and the Internet: How to Find it, How to Use It at REF N59 .J66 1999. This discusses, among other topics, museum web sites, search strategies and more. See the Museums page for online art collections hosted by museums from around the world.

Artslynx/Dance
A nice site on dance including ballet and choreographers.

Dance Links
An extensive list of sites hosted by Gaynor Minden.

Dance Notation Bureau
Site devoted to the Laban method of dance notation.

National Endowment for the Arts
The US government agency which funds art activities and programming. The website offers limited information, but as a Federal depository CSUSM collects a number of the NEA publications which are held in the Government Documents collection of the library.

Southern California Dance Directory
Extensive list of links on dance, performances, jobs, local choreographers...

Voice of the Shuttle: Dance
A large and well-organized site of links on a wide variety of dance topics.

Free-access Journals

ArtNexus.com
Online magazine featuring Latin American artists with online archive. Not all older issues are digitized and materials may not be in English.

ArtsJournal.com
A combination of weblog and newswire, updated daily, that examines issues affecting the arts such as copyright, artists, performers and more. You can follow the Visual Arts link to focus on more specific postings.

Directory Of Open Access Journals
Click on "visual arts" to see freely-available full text of arts-related online journals.

Local Sources

UCSD Arts Libraries
Located in the Geisel Library (used to be Social Sciences & Humanities, known as the 'spaceship') this collection can be viewed onsite. There are three collections: Arts & Architecture, Film & Video, and Music.

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Subjects of interest are Artist Profiles, Fine Arts, Media Arts, Public Art & Installations.


Choreography

Useful Keywords

Keywords can be subject to interpretation by a computer search function in ways you never imagined! Try to be specific in your search. Use 'modern dance' rather than 'dance' if you are looking for that specific form. 'African dance' will bring back dance in Africa as well as dance performances by African-Americans.

Useful Subject Terms

A more focused search of a library catalog is to use specific subject headings. These are labels used to group related books together. 'Dance choreography' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific performer or choreographer, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

 


Internet Sources

 

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web. NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and look for references lists and citations for supporting documentation. Without careful fact-checking and research, you don't know what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know! Click on a link below to open a page of reliable sites you can check out:

Before getting started, you might want to refer to this reference book in our collection: Art Information and the Internet: How to Find it, How to Use It at REF N59 .J66 1999. This discusses, among other topics, museum web sites, search strategies and more. See the Museums page for online art collections hosted by museums from around the world.

Copyright of Choreographic Works
Although a bit dated (written in 1994), this is important information for both complying with and protecting your work by proper use of copyright.

Dance Notation Bureau
The mission of this group is to preserve dance through the use of symbol notation (Labanotation).

Dancers and Choreographers
Web site from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on employment opportunities, job outlook and education and training requirements in the field of dance.

Institute for Choreography and Dance
While European-focused, this site does offer limited information on performances and publications.

National Dance Association
A sub-group of AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) includes calls for competition and event announcements a well as educational resources.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, Inc.
An organization to "foster, promote and develop the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers" providing communication, employment advice and more.


Dance Performance

Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Dance performance' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by genre, artist, culture, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Genre Searches
CSUSM uses an additional search access called a "Genre/Form" search. This will allow you to look for materials by type (electronic journals or videos) on a topic. Select the GENRE/FORM search option on the library catalog's search page. Here are some examples although some items will fall into more than one genre:

 


Internet Sources

This is a representative sample of Dance Performance sources on the web.

CyberDance
Links to a variety of resources for ballet and modern dance.

A Dancer’s Journal: Learning to Perform the Dances of Martha Graham
Presented in a 'journal' style, this site discusses a dancer's experience in learning four of Martha Graham's challenging dances. Macromedia Flash is needed to view the site and dances.

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Performing Arts: Dance
A directory of websites subdivided by style, resources and more.

Free to Dance
PBS three-part documentary about African-American contributions to dance. While designed to supplement the televised series, this site is helpful and infomative on its own.

KET Arts Toolkit: Dance
While primarily focused on teaching dance through Kentucky's Educational Television, the site offers a glossary, videos demonstrating teaching and styles, and a discussion on "responding to dance" that are helpful to anyone.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): The Arts
The NAEP is called the "nation's report card" for assessment of learning. This site provides the assessment tools and current results for all arts. Do a search on Dance to locate all specific information on the site.

National Peformance Network
Created to support the independent performer by linking them to local organizations and performance opportunities.

Voice of Dance
Sponsored by Danskin, the site offers a wide variety of resources, event listings, and a limited number of short video performances.

Dance Performance (California K-12 Standards)
If you are going to teach dance performance in the PreK-12 system, this site provides the information you need on the five standards of perception, expression, history, aesthetics, and connections.

Digital Art

VPA - Digital Art


Digital Art

Getting Started

Think about the terminology that you need to 'capture' the material needed. Keep in mind, boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross perceived boundaries. This can give you many choices for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a topic precise enough for a good paper. This is also a newer field, so some of the more traditional resources such as encyclopedias may not hold much for this topic, but this will change as publications become more available.

  • Internet Art  N7433.8 .G73 2004 
  • Digital Art N72.T4 P38 2003 
  • Snap to Grid: A User's Guide to Digital Arts, Media, and Cultures  QA76.9.C66 L86 2000

 


Useful Keywords

Keywords can be subject to interpretation by a computer search function in ways you never imagined! Try to be specific in your search. Use 'virtual art' or 'computer-generated art' instead of 'digital art'. You can also look for specific tools. media or artists. 

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Art' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time period, geography, style, specific artist, culture, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Browse the Book Stacks
Sometimes, just looking through the shelves can turn up works you would not have considered otherwise. Using the Library of Congress subject system, Art is shelved in the N call number area, but digital art involving computer technology or technique can also be found in the QA76.9 area. The Wikipedia online encyclopedia provides a list of the subclasses in the N area so you can see how this is organized.

Genre Headings
Genre refers to a type of book or other information (e.g., videos) rather than the topic (as with a subject heading search.) A very important type of information in the Art discipline is exhibition catalogs. CSUSM has a number of these, and to find them is by selecting GENRE as the search field, instead of the default KEYWORD, and then type in Exhibitions. There are other art-related genres such as Video Art (recordings made of interviews with artists or exhibits) and Electronic Journals--Arts (full text journals in our databases or on the internet.) The searchable categories for this type of search continues to grow, so explore!

 


 

Internet Sources

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web. NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and look for references lists and citations for supporting documentation. Without careful fact-checking and research, you don't know what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know! Click on a link below to open a page of reliable sites you can check out:

Before getting started, you might want to refer to this reference book in our collection: Art Information and the Internet: How to Find it, How to Use It at REF N59 .J66 1999. This discusses, among other topics, museum web sites, search strategies and more. See the Museums page for online art collections hosted by museums from around the world.

Art Links Art Gallery Worldwide: Digital Art
List of links to artists and galleries in no particular order. Click on the MORE to see a fuller description of each site.

Digital Millenium Copyright Act
Protect yourself by knowing the law regarding use of digital images and information. It is NOT true that anything on the web is free for use. The US Copyright Office offers a summary.

Digital Performance Archive
Based in England, this site attempts to archive current activity in digital arts as well as provide access to past work.

Histories of Internet Art: Fictions and Factions
A variety of interactive and digital art and artists (including biographical information and interviews), hosted by the University of Colorado Art Department.

International Digital Art Awards
Provides both information on the award (The Harries) and digital exhibition space.

MAAP : Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific
Links to artists, organizations, resources and events for the artist working throughout Asia (including Australia and India)

Truly Virtual Web Art Museum
Current and archived exhibits of cyberart, virtual art and animation.

Wikipedia: Digital Art
While any content in Wikipedia should be evaluated carefully, this site offers useful links to various aspects of digital art.  

Free-access Journals

ArtsJournal.com
A combination of weblog and newswire, updated daily, that examines issues affecting the arts such as copyright, artists, performers and more. You can follow the Visual Arts link to focus on more specific postings.

Crossings: Electronic Journal of Art & Technology
Peer-reviewed journal looking at all aspects of art and technological applications.

deviantART
Much of the site is commercial, but the images and blog could be useful.

DigitalThread
Much of the site is commercial, but there are useful links to fonts and Photoshop coding.

Directory Of Open Access Journals
Click on "visual arts" to see freely-available full text of arts-related online journals.

Google Directory of Arts>Digital>Magazines and E-zines
Mixed bag of links to theory, art and more.

Film

VPA - Film


Film

Getting Started

Keywords: Think about words that describe your topic and the variations of that word, as well as directors, performers, and technologies. Boundaries are not clear-cut between film genres and some of the people involved cross perceived boundaries. This can give you great angles for your research, but can also make it difficult to stay focused on a topic precise enough for a good paper.

Encyclopedias and indexes are good places to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper and often include useful bibliographies.

Film Encyclopedia REFERENCE PN1993.45 .K34 1994
Encyclopedia of Novels Into Film OVERSIZE P1997.85 .T54 1998
Film Literature Index REFERENCE Z5784 ,M9 F45
Film Studies Dictionary REFERENCE PN1993.45 .B53 2001


Books

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Film' is such a large topic and can be defined in multiple ways, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down by time period, title, director, genre, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to consider:

Browse the book stacks

Sometimes, just looking through the shelves can turn up works you would not have otherwise considered. Using the Library of Congress subject heading system, you will find FILM is shelved in the PN call number area, ranging from PN1993 to PN1997.85. The Wikipedia online encyclopedia provides a list of the subclasses in the PN area so you can see how this is organized.


Articles

Film journals include some of the latest research in the field as well as discussion of adaptations, genres, directorial styles, and historical developments. They are a good source for finding very detailed information on your topic. It is a good idea to start with a couple of books before diving into the journals to get ideas on terms to use in your research as you will get a larger number of articles to look through than you will find in books. To find articles, you will need to start with research databases in the Visual Arts Databases link provided. Each will allow you to search hundreds of journals at once. The problem is to decide which databases to look in first! Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text.

 


Internet Sources

Online Journals
Not all journals need to be accessed through the research databases, here are some additional titles:

CSUSM Catalog: Electronic Journals Film
A listing of all the full text journals available on film topics offered by CSUSM either through the databases or on the open internet.

Bright Lights Film Journal
Covers a wide variety of genres, reviews, and people in the industry.

Fade in Online
An emphasis on directors and trends in Hollywood.

FilmMaker: The Magazine of Independent Film
An emphasis on technical and promotional topics of interest to the filmmaker along with resources.

Film Score Monthly
If soundtracks and music in support of the visual images is your interest, this is a must-visit site.

Images: A Journal of Popular Film and Culture
Discussion of films, genres, and directors along with reviews of both theatre-release movies and video.

Scope
From the University of Nottingham Department of Film Studies, this free journal addresses meaning and representation rather than the technical aspects of various films. Covers a wide range of cinema as well as book and film reviews.

Other Internet Sources

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web, but remember NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and look for reference lists and citations for supporting documentation. Without careful checking and research, you don't know what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know! Click on a link below to open a page of reliable sites you can check out. 

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
This is the organization that selects the Academy Award winners to receive the coveted Oscars. Information winners in all categories can be found here.

American Communication Association
A portal to journals and academic sources on film, film studies and the business of film and screenwriting.

American Film Institute
The largest organization concerned with the moving image from commercial, education and preservation aspects.

American Popular Culture: Film
A list of websites, online articles and a bibliography to a variety of sources on film in American culture.

Artslynx Film Resources
A wide variety of links on film, filmmaking and more.

BBC-Film
From the British Broadcasting Company, this site offers reviews, filmmaking advice, and information on alternative films among many other useful pieces.

British Film Institute
Offering links on history, film reviews, scriptwriting and much more, this provides more of the European view of film.

Creative Planet Communities
Online news, articles and discussion boards for technical assistance on specific film making an editing tools.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Click on the "performing arts" category to see freely-available online journals including film journals.

Fathom Archive
A collection of online seminars, exhibits and other materials from reputable institutions and organizations, most is freely available. Check the Course Directory tab to find the free seminars and websites on film and cinematography.

Film/Video/Radio Resources
A list of organizations and funding agencies assembled by the National Endowment for the Arts.

FlixFind
An assortment of review sites, blogs and online publications. Genre categories offered in the left navigation bar are particularly helpful as are the screen snapshots provided when you mouse over the link.

H-FILM
Discussion and resource site for cinema history and uses of media.

InfoUSA: Links to Cinema Resources
Compiled by the US State Department, this is a list of links to archives and organizations on film and the film industry.

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive
A very large collection of public domain films of documentary, entertainment and historical interest.

Internet Movie Database
For basic information about a film, this is one of the more complete sites. "A search on adaptations" returns a variety of links to foreign-language-adaptations, adaptations by the writer and more. /p>

Masters of Cinema
Focusing on World Cinema topics and filmmakers.

Moving Image Collections: A Window to the World's Moving Images
A catalog of archives with access information provided when known. This site does not provide online viewing, but the information about each item is extensive.

National Film Preservation Board: Other Film Resources
Links to research centers, film schools, legal resources and historical research sources.

Selected Web Sites for Film History and Criticism
Short list of sites assembled by a Yale University Librarian, much of the rest of the site is focused specifically on accessing Yale's resources, but the Genres and Themes and Social and Other Aspects of Cinema pages are useful to CSUSM researchers as well.

Video on Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to browse the offerings (try starting with the Arts & Music collection and then select the "by subject" tab. A title/keyword search option is available. Of interest are the Media Arts and Artists Profiles sections.

 


Other Film Resource Helps

Adaptations

Genres

Reviews

Screen and Script Writing

Techniques


Film Reviews

Books

Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Film' and 'review' are such large topics and can be defined in multiple ways, so you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director, genre, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to consider:

 


Articles

Journals provide access to new movie releases much more quickly than a book--either in print or online, many journals are indexed in the research databases. Two titles of special note are: 

  • Literature/Film Quarterly--print in the Library at PERIO PN1995.3 .L57 or through the Communications and Mass Media Database (1973-on)
  • New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (2002-on in Communication and Mass Media Database)

When looking for film reviews in a research database, the easiest way is to type the title of the movie. Add the word 'review 'as an additional search term to help focus your search. If the movie is an adaptation of a book, adding the additional term 'movie' or 'film' will eliminate most book reviews. Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text. Specialized or foreign films that have been reviewed may also be found in some of the more specialized databases such as Ethnic Newswatch or Womens Studies International.

Academic Search Premier
Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles./p>

Art Abstracts
Includes abstracts from periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, competition and award notices, exhibition listings, interviews, film reviews, and more.

Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200 communication journals.

MLA
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary and language journals.

ProQuest Direct
Includes complete ABI Inform (business) and Newsstand publications. As these will be mostly reviews published in newspapers and more popular magazines, they may not be the scholarly quality your instructor wants. Check with your instructor or the librarian.

 


Internet

These may not be as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware of the credentials of the reviewer.

Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
As determined by the New York Times reviewers with plot, and reviews. Reviews are accessible after registering.

Greatest Films
One individual's lists of the greatest films, but reviews, plot summaries, and histories of the films make this valuable along with a "Tips on Viewing Films Critically". Chronology, glossary, Academy Award winners and more.

Images: A Journal of Popular Film and Culture
Discussion of films, genres and directors along with reviews of both theatre-release movies and video.

Internet Movie Database
For basic information about a film, this is one of the more complete sites. The comments from other visitors are NOT scholarly, so don't rely on that part the site.

Movie Review Query Engine
This site collects reviews from a variety of resources for over 45,000 movies.

Rotten Tomatoes
A bit light-hearted in its treatment and again offers viewer comments as well as snips from published reviews. 

Roger Ebert
One of the more well-known popular movie reviewers, this site assembles his reviews from the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.


Film Adaptations

Books on Film Adaptation

Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Film' and 'adaptation' are such large topics and can be defined in multiple ways, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director, genre, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to consider:

Looking for films that have been adapted from books?
Search the CSUSM catalog using the genre/form search field (instead of the usual keyword or subject search). Type in FILM ADAPTATIONS to see the current list of films in our collection. Or, type title of either the book (or movie) in the keyword field and add the word adaptation to limit to any possible adaptations.


Articles

The Research Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on adaptation in general and discussion of a specific title's adaptations. When looking for articles on a particular film adaptation or a technique used in a particular film, the easiest way is to type the title of the movie into the database. Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the button to check our other resources for full text.

Academic Search Premier
Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles.

Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200 communication journals.

MLA
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary and language journals. This is primarily concerned with the original work of literature, but you will find plenty of articles on adaptations here.

RILM Music Abstracts
Abstracts from scholarly journals on international music and related disciplines, focus on adaptations here will be on writing music for film.

 


 

Internet Sources

These may not be as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when searching the internet that not all material will be scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film' rather than 'movie'.

Comparing Film Adaptations
This site from PBS uses the many versions of Shakespeare's works which have been filmed to show how to examine the similarities and differences in adaptations of the same story. Fathom offers a lesson plan using Shakespeare, Frankenstein, and others for the same purpose.

Internet Movie Database
For basic information about a film, this is one of the more complete sites. "A search on adaptations" returns a variety of links to foreign-language-adaptations, adaptations by the writer and more.


Film Techniques

Books

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Film', "motion picture' and 'technique' are such large topics and can be defined in multiple ways, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by type of technique or aspect, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to consider:

Looking for films that have been adapted from books?

Search the CSUSM catalog using the genre/form search field (instead of the usual keyword or subject search). Type in FILM ADAPTATIONS to see the current list of films in our collection. Or, type title of either the book (or movie) in the keyword field and add the word adaptation to limit to any possible adaptations.

 


Articles

The Research Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on filming techniques in general and discussion of a specific techniques. Try to be specific when constructing your search query as otherwise, you will spend a lot of time searching through unnecessary hits. Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text. Recommended places to start:

ABI Inform Trade & Industry
Abstracts and full-text articles from more than 1,000 leading business and management publications, with full-text for most popular sources. This addresses the 'business' side of film making.

Communication & Mass Media Complete
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200 communication journals.

 


Internet

These may not be as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when searching the internet that not all material will be scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film' rather than 'movie'.

IFP.org
A resource for independent filmmakers including information on production and networking.

Filmmaking.com: The Filmmaking Portal
For the independent as well as Hollywood-based filmmaker, this site offers information on a wide range of technical and business aspects.

Filmmaking.net
Along with some useful reference sources, there is a directory of film schools and classified for equipment.

iEarn MovingVoices: The Filmmaking Process: Plan on Paper
A guide to plotting the film before getting behind the camera.

Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking
For the "guerilla filmmaker", articles, tips, and downloads.

Screensite
Resources assembled by the University of Alabama for film students and teachers.

The Art and Science of Film and Motion Picture Production
A list of sites collected by an individual, this offers a lot of links to various aspects of film technique and technology.

Traditional Film Camera Techniques
General explanations of various film effects, including angle and depth of field.


Screen & Script Writing

Books

Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Film' and 'review' are such large topics and can be defined in multiple ways, so you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director, genre, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to consider:


Articles

The Research Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on adaptation in general and specific titles. When looking for articles on screenwriting, keep in mind that the text may refer to screenwriting or screenwriters. Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text.


Internet

These may not be as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when searching the internet that not all material will be scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film' rather than 'movie'.

Internet Movie Script Database
Claims to be the largest collection of scripts available on the web for free reading or download.

Motion Picture and Video Industries (Occupational Handbook)
Offers information on the roles in the industry and educational requirements for screenwriters.

Screenwriters' Guild of America
The organization for US screenwriters, this site has both members-only and visitor access.

Writers Guild of America, West
Directed to not only movie, but television and other media. The site offers some legal forms to be used as contracts and a means to register your work. The WGA, East offers more material.

The Secret to Your Scripts Success
While you wade through a lot of commercial "buy this book" graphics, there are some helpful articles and information.

Simply Scripts
How-to information, copyright discussions, a message board and free scripts for download.

Music

VPA - Music


Music Resources

Getting Started

Keywords

Think about words that describe your topic and the variations of that word as well as artists and groups that are involved in the musical genre you are studying. Boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross musical styles (rock n' roll can get country radio airplay) and many artists attribute other music and musicians with influencing their own style and development (the members of the Rolling Stones admit to being influenced by many of the earlier African-American blues musicians.)  This can give you great angles for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a small enough topic for a paper.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
REFERENCE ML 100 .N48 2001
More than a dictionary, this is actually one of the premier encyclopedic resources on music and musicians. If you don't look at anything else, look at this. An older edition of this is in the Book Stacks at the same call number and the volumes can be checked out.

Encyclopedia of Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop Vocal Groups
REFERENCE ML 102 .P66 R67 2000

New Grove Gospel, Blues and Jazz
BOOK STACKS ML 3556 .O456 1986b

New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
REFERENCE ML 102 .J3 N48 2001

South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
REFERENCE ML 100 .G16

Music Index
BOOK STACKS and REFERENCE ML 118 .M84
Yearly indexes from 1961-on which help you in research for articles published before 1969 (the RILM database found in our Research Databases collection begins coverage with 1969).

Useful Subject Terms

Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?  Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together. 'Music' is such a large topic, you will want to think of ways to narrow it down, by time, geography, musical genre, specific performer, etc. Ask a librarian to help, or here are some examples to think about:

Genre Searches

If you are interested in a specific type of resource, such as video recordings of music performances, we have the tool for you! In the library catalog, change the search field label to GENRE/FORM and type in "music". This is a growing category, but right now you will find:

  • Music Electronic Journals (all full-text journals we have in electronic format, we do have print titles as well)
  • Music Video Recordings (these may be documentaries or offer interviews and analysis compared to the Music Videos category)
  • Music Videos  (these are recordings of performances and there is some overlap of titles as in the Music Video Recordings category)
  • Musical Films (films where music plays an important role in mood, plot development or other aspect of storytelling.)

Browse the Book Stacks

Sometimes, just looking through the shelves can turn up works you would not have considered otherwise. Using the Library of Congress subject system, Music is shelved in the M call number area. The Wikipedia online encyclopedia provides a list of the subclasses in the M area so you can see how this is organized.


Articles

Music journals include some of the latest research in the field as well as discussion of performances, styles and historical developments.  They're a good source for finding very detailed information on your topic.  It's best to start with a couple of books before diving into journals to get ideas on terms to use in your search. To find articles, you need to start with research databases and the databased best for research in the arts will be found in the Visual Arts Databases link. 

Some databases do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text.

Special note: See the Lexis Nexis Academic help page on Reviews for instructions to quickly locate reviews (not scholarly.)


Internet

Your instructor may allow use of some web pages you find on the Wild Wild Web. NOT ALL SITES ARE OF EQUAL VALUE TO YOU AS A RESEARCHER. Exercise caution with statements you find and discographies as well as downloading any songs you might come across. You don't know without careful checking what is truth and what is fiction, but the instructor grading your paper is going to know!

As for downloading, between harmful viruses and lawsuits being brought by the RIAA (Recording Industry of Association of America) who is aggressively pursuing users who download illegally, it just isn't worth the risk.

Organizations & Associations

ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

BMI Broadcast Music Incorporated

International Music Council (part of UNESCO)

Music Related Associations A-M and N-Z

Musical Associations and Professional Societies(list maintained by Indiana University)

NAMMInternational Music Products Association, formerly National Association of Music Merchants

National Association for Music Education and its California Chapter

Other Sources

Center for Black Music Research
The Library & Archives link is the portal to various resources including descriptions of various musical styles in African and African-American music, bibliographies and discographies.

Copyright for Music Librarians This isn't just for librarians, but can help answer questions you may have about using music in class presentations, art installations and more. Also see the thorough treatment at Stanford University's Copyright & Fair Use site.

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project This is a collection of music recorded on cylinders and digitized to play either on-site or download as an i-tune. Text is provided on the history of the cylinder recording.

Digital Sheet Music Collection (University of Colorado)
This collection has an emphasis on regional (Colorado and the West) music with a collection of ragtime sheet music. Digitized covers and music cover the time period 1890-1922.

Directory Of Open Access Journals Click on "music" for access to freely-available full text online journals.

International Foundation for Music Research A limited and not-frequently updated site with the goal of examining the relationship of music to physical and emotional wellness. Some useful topics are addressed in the MuSICA Research Notes, but each issue must be searched individually.

Music Career Resources (maintained by Berkelee School of Music) An extensive list of books, directories and online resources.

Music Journals and Magazines, Newspapers and Periodicals From Indiana University School of Music, an extensive alphabetical list of journals and other publications found online. Not all will provide full-text of the journals, but what is available is noted.

Music Reference Online Resources From Rider University Libraries, a list of links to online reference tools and sites on a variety of musical topics including sacred and religious music, popular music, history, composers and music education.

Ographies (Society for Ethnomusicology) Bibliographies, discographies, filmographies and videographies of ethnic music as published in Ethnomusicology: The Journal of the Society of Ethnomusicology.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia (Library of Congress) Providing links to digitized collections and exhibits as well as bibliographies to lead to more. Both searchable and browseable to find the rich variety of resources.

Video On Demand A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest are the various music sections.

Worldwide Internet Music Resources (Indiana University School of Music) offers an extensive list of links to museums, publications, genres and commercial aspects of music research.

Archives & Collections

Archive of Dissertation Abstracts in Music
Short listing of dissertations in music with access to abstracts.

British Library Sound Archive
This site focuses on describing the collections available at the British Library, but offers a large number of sound recordings available online and an extensive list of links to related European and American web sites on classical, popular and world music.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
Listing of dissertations, both completed and in progress from around the world. List is maintained by Vanderbilt University.

International Guitar Research Archive (CSU Northridge)
Extensive bibliography of holdings and discography. The site is currently under development and more is being added all the time.

Music Theory Online Dissertation Index
Compilation of dissertations specifically on music theory maintained by the journal Music Theory Online. Click on the author link to access the abstract and content descriptors.


Other Resource Lists

Alternative

American  

Classical

Jazz/Blues

Reggae, Ska, Rap and Hip-Hop

World Music & Ethnomusicology


Alternative music

Alternative music encompasses a wide variety of styles, political thought and purposes and has been recognized as a genre of music since the 1980's. As defined by the 2001 edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, alternative music is 'Music that may be defined in opposition to other musics'. Some groups originally identified as alternative have moved into the current popular music mainstream, so whether they can still be identified as alternative is up to the performer and the listener. Some of the better known styles are punk, grunge, riot grrrl, indie (independent), emo, and post-rock.

Books

Due to the shifting nature and definition of alternative music, most materials in book format will be chapters within a larger work or studies on smaller movements (e.g., grunge) or related social movements (feminism) as there hasn't been a large body of scholarly study published on the genres. Here are some titles to explore:

American Popular Music: From Minstrelsy to MTV
4th Floor Stacks ML3477 .S73 2003

New Grove Dictionary of American Music
Reference ML101 .U6 N48

Rockin' Out of the Box: Gender Maneuvering in Alternative Hard Rock
4th Floor Stacks ML3918 .R63 S35 2002


Articles

Videos and sound recordings may be included as part of your research. Our collection can be keyword searched, and then limited to type of media (video or music recording). If you search under GENRE/FORM for music, you will note two different listings for 'music video recordings' and 'music videos'. Music videos are normally performances of music while the video recordings can be recorded interviews or instruction on music. The world of alternative music is moving so quickly that the subject heading labels created by the Library of Congress (the classification system used by most academic libraries) can't keep up. The most successful searches will be for particular performers or groups.

Journals devoted specifically to alternative music are mostly found on the Internet and consist of album and performance reviews, rarely presented in the objective and scholarly sense that you will need for a research paper. Some full-text sources available to CSUSM users are:

Billboard (available through Academic Search Elite, although articles are generally not scholarly)

Popular Music (in Periodicals 1991-on, or online 2000-on through CSUSM catalog)

Popular Music & Society (available through Academic Search Premier for materials older than 6 months, paper subscription for current articles will begin in 2004)

Postmodern Culture (available through Project Muse)

Rolling Stone (Recommend using the hard copy in Periodicals 1967-on to get the images as well as text. Online material older than most recent 4 weeks is available through Academic Search Premier)


Internet

Alternate Music Press

Online journal for the genre, with lots of opinion-based text, but offers good resource lists to the independent labels, book and CD reviews and some interviews with artists. Some copyright-compliant downloads are offered.

Alternative Rock
From DMOZ, the Open Directory Project, a short list of sites for bands and artists, genres, e-zines and more.

BBC Radio 1-Alternative
Alternative music, recorded interviews, charts and more about the British indie scene.

Grammy Awards: Alternative Music Album
While this site is not the official Grammy site, the authors have listed each year's winning album (starting with 1991) with links to brief information about the group/artist and a timeline of their work.

Composers & Performers

Look for the musicians home page--but be sure it is the authorized site and not one put up by a fan. Frequently, the home page will be hosted by the record label of the artist.

Artists and Bands
Provided by About.com, this site provides links to a variety of alternate performers' sites, but since the page is viewed within the About.com frame, it is difficult to tell where you are or get the accurate citation information for your paper. 

Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups
Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists with alternative artists mixed in with pop and classical.

List of Alternative Music Artists
Provided by Wikipedia, the most useful part of the entry on alternative music is this list of artists, leading to entries discussing the group's history, influences and recordings.


American Music

Books

African-American Jazz Musicians in the Diaspora
On order

Century of American Popular Music: 2000 Best-Loved and Remembered Songs (1899-1999)
Reference ML128 .P63 J37 2002

Introducing American Folk Music
Book Stacks ML3551 .L67 1992

"Music of American Folk Song" and Selected Other Writings on American Folk Music
Book Stacks ML3551.1 .S44 2001 

New Grove Dictionary of American Music
Reference ML101 .U6 N48

Recorded Music in American life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945
On order

Three Centuries of American Music: A Collection of American Sacred and Secular Music
Reference M2.3 .U6 T47 v.1-12

Traditional American Folk Songs
Reference M1629.6 .A7 T7 1984


Articles

Materials held at CSUSM include the following titles along with others located through our library catalog:

  • Rolling Stone Magazine

  • Billboard

  • Electronic Musician

  • Popular Music

  • Journal of the American Musicological Society


Non-Book materials

CSUSM Media Library has a wide variety of sound recordings of American music. Of special note are the recordings made by Alan Lomax of early 20th Century American music. As his recordings have been released under several labels (including the Library of Congress and Rounder Records), the best way to find all the music he recorded and books he wrote is to do a KEYWORD search on Alan Lomax or AUTHOR search on Lomax, Alan. 

If you search under GENRE/FORM for music, you will note two different listings for 'music video recordings' and 'music videos'. Music videos are normally performances  while the video recordings can be recorded interviews or instruction on music.


Internet Sources

111 Greatest (Anglo-American) Folk Music Artists
An informed, but subjective list of 111 (plus more honorable mentions) British and American folk musicians. Each entry includes a link to a website containing more information.

American Memory
Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this is a collection of digitized documents, photographs and sound files covering a variety of America music (slave, depression, war) among other history topics. Look under the Collection Finder's Performing Arts section or use the home page search to gather information from all collections.

American Music Center
Focuses on contemporary American music including a listening room and webzine on new music. 

American Music on the World Wide Web
A limited collection of links, but they have been peer-reviewed by members of the Society for American Music before being added.

American Musicological Society (AMS)
A huge site, with a focus on American music, but the Web sites of interest to musicologists link provides extensive lists of links under headings such as 'Women in Music', 'Jazz', 'Music in Latin America' as well as practical matters such as job vacancies, music libraries, and publishers. 

American Popular Culture: Music
A list of websites, online articles and a bibliography to a variety of sources on popular music in American culture.

American Roots Music
Website to accompany a 2001 series on American music by PBS. Also see the site for
Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns on the PBS site.

American Popular Music Before 1900
A very easy to use site from Kingwood College Library, there are additional sites for 1900-1950 and 1950-present

ARChive of Contemporary Music
A well-intentioned site, but difficult to read text due to colored backgrounds. Some study guides on the blues are available through the Keith Richards collection. A project in process and not yet available is a National Discography. 

Experience Music Project
The interactive web site for the interactive museum/exhibit space in Seattle, WA for popular American music and musicians.

Folkstreams: The Best of American Folklore Films
Documentaries and recordings of aspects of American folk culture including music and musicians.

Honkytonks, Hymns and the Blues
Presented on National Public Radio's Morning Edition program during 2003, this site offers text, sound files and images of the music and musicians from the early 1900's including recorded interviews with performers.

InfoUSA: Music Overviews
Compiled by the US Department of State to provide information on American music by general views and specific genres, as well as resources and audio collections.

Internet Resources for Music, Theater and Dance
Site list assembled by the Library of Congress with an emphasis on music in America.

Museum of Making Music
Located in the International Music Products Association Headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. This museum offers a timeline survey of American music with many hands-on features.

National Endowment for the Arts: Music Resources
Links to funding opportunities and  music organizations and associations.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Well-written biographies on the Hall of Fame inductees, previous exhibitions, timeline and more provide good starting information.

UCLA's Digital Sheet Music Archive
A small collection, but the page "Other Digital Sheet Music Collections" is useful for finding more sheet music images.

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest are the Jazz & Popular and New Music sections.

Composers & Performers

General searching on the internet for individual performers will retrieve lots of hits, but use with caution. Some are fan-create sites which may not provide proven information based on fact and reliable research. Here are some of the better sources. 

American Memory
Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this is a collection of digitized documents, photographs and sound files covering a variety of America music (slave, depression, war) and individual performers among other topics. The Collection Finder's Performing Arts section has collections of specific American composers such as Leonard Bernstein.

Dmoz Open Directory Project: Arts: Music: People offers a collection of links categorized by genre, instrument, and more leading to a variety of pages, use with care as not all are official or show the source of the information provided.

Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups
Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists

NewMusicJukebox: Composer Directory
Information on composers and their works, sometimes with audio clips and links to websites.

New Music Now
Limited collection of 'new' American composers, but notable for the interviews and background offered on the works collected on this site.

US Opera
A web page devoted to American opera composers with links to biographies on composers, information on their operas, and scores.


Classical Music

Classical music is such a broad description, you may find it useful to have more specific terms or particular composers as your search terms. Terms such as baroque, chamber, romantic, opera and orchestral can work well in retrieving more useful material than just the term 'classical'.

Books

Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
BOOK STACKS ML195 .R68 1972

Da Capo Catalog of Classical Music Compositions
BOOK STACKS ML113 .C59 1996

NPR Classical Music Companion: Terms and Concepts from A to Z
ELECTRONIC RESOURCE, access through library catalog or the NetLibrary collection in the Research Databases

Pelican History of Music (vol 1)
BOOK STACKS ML160 .R665 1960 v.1

Western Classical Music: The Da Capo Guide History of Western Classical Music
OVERSIZE ML160 .B107 1999

 


Non-Book Materials

CSUSM Media Library has a variety of sound recordings of classical music. Try a SUBJECT search on Orchestral Music to retrieve many of our holdings and limit the search to sound or video recordings by LIMITING the search to location=>MEDIA.

CSUSM Media Library has a variety of videos on classical music and musicians. Try a SUBJECT search on Orchestral Music to retrieve many of our holdings and limit the search to sound or video recordings by LIMITING the search to location=>MEDIA. If you search under GENRE/FORM for music, you will note two different listings for 'music video recordings' and 'music videos'. Music videos are normally music performances of while the video recordings can be recorded interviews or instruction on music.

 


Articles

RILM is the most comprehensive music resource offered in the CSUSM databases. There are other music-related titles are available in JSTOR and Project Muse databases as well. 

Journal of Seventeenth Century Music is available electronically in full text beginning with vol. 1, issue 1.

 


Internet

British Library Sound Archive: Classical Music
This site focuses on describing the collections available at the British Library, but offers sound recordings for online listening and a list of links to record companies and organizations.

Classical Music Archives Limited free access or full access with membership. Listen to music and find short attributed biographies. While not the only source to use for research papers, it is a good start on the classical composers and their music as well as current performers.

Classical Music Navigator
Information is arranged in 5 categories: a composers list of basic data, major works; a list of works sorted by musical genre; composers listed by geographical area; an index of forms and styles for each composer; and a glossary.

Classical Music on the Web A web site directory with divisions for type of music, geographic divisions, instruments and more.

Essentials of Music While created to accompany a book and music publisher's commercial products, this site is used for brief overviews and explanations.

Sibelius Academy Music Resources Internationally renowned school of music, this site offers links to high-quality early music websites. Some pages are in Finnish, but much of the site is in English.

Symphony: An Interactive Guide While geared towards the younger student, this site offers a starting place for research.

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest are the Classical & Symphonic Music, Chamber Music, Opera, and Artist Profiles sections.

Composers & Performers

A word of warning here! Many composers have alternate spellings of their names dependent on the variation in the historical record and the conversion from non-Roman alphabets. An example is the Russian composer Tchaikovsky Peter Ilich 1840 1893. Although Tchaikovsky is the authorized form and used in the library catalog, his name can also be spelled as Tchaikovski, Tchaikovsky Piotr Ilitch, Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich, or Tchaikowsky Peter Iljitch (and more). Ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need.

Africlassical.com Website devoted to Black history and African composers and performers of classical music (historical and modern.) Brief biographies are provided.

American Musicological Society (AMS) A huge site, with a focus on American music, but the Web sites of interest to musicologists collection has a set of links to classical composers. Baroque Composers and Musicians While the information provided does not show the references used, the information appears accurate (as accurate as it can be when discussing people of an era that didn't record information well and in some cases, impartially.)

Classical Music on the Web A web site directory with divisions for composers, type of music, instruments and more, including a large section on women composers. Classical Net: Composer Master Index An alphabetically-arranged list of composers' page with links to other information. Use with care as not all content is maintained by the Classical Net group.

Essentials of Music As noted in the Electronic Resources section, this site also has information on individual composers and musicians. Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists

Rough Guide to Music (Classical) While the site has commercial intent and does not provide reference sources for the biographies of composers provided, it is a source for short overviews from which to start.


Jazz/Blues

Books

Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

Jazz Milestones: A Pictorial Chronicle of Jazz 1900-1990
Reference ML3506 .J43 1993  Living the Jazz Life: Conversations with Forty Musicians About Their Careers in Jazz On Order New Grove Dictionary of Jazz Reference
ML102 .J3 N48 2001New Grove Gospel, Blues, and Jazz: With Spirituals and Ragtime
ML3556 .O456 1986b  Oxford Companion to Jazz Book Stacks
ML3507 .O94 2000  Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II
ML3521 .B47 1992 What Is This Thing Called Jazz? African American Musicians as Artists, Critics and Activists>ML3508 .P67 2002

Non-Book Resources

CSUSM Media Library has a wide variety of sound recordings on jazz. To get all 330+ items, type 'jazz' as a keyword search and then modify the search to look only for the material type: MUSIC RECORDINGS. If you have a more specific version of jazz you are looking for, try typing that term in the search box as well, such as 'jazz and Cuba' to get more focused results.

The Media Library also has a wide variety of videos on jazz. To get all 70+ items, type 'jazz' as a keyword search and then modify the search to location: VIDEO. If you search under GENRE/FORM for music, you will note two different listings for 'music video recordings' and 'music videos'. Music videos are normally music performances while the video recordings can be recorded interviews or instruction on music.

Journals

Although Callaloo is oriented towards literature and arts, there are a number of articles addressing music, specifically jazz, in this publication. Available electronically through Project Muse (more recent) and JSTOR (issues older than 5 years).

Popular Music addresses a variety of topics in music and performance. This title is available in the library's periodical stacks starting with vol. 10 (1991) and online to CSUSM users through the library catalog starting with vol 19 (2000.)

Journals on music in electronic format can be found by using the GENRE/FORM search option in the library catalog. Type in music as your search term and look for the 'music electronic journals' entry to access the list of all journals we own in electronic full-text.

Internet Resources

American Memory Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this is a collection of digitized documents, photographs and sound files covering a variety of America music including jazz and blues.  

American Music Center Focuses on contemporary American music including a listening room and webzine on new music. 

American Musicological Society (AMS) A huge site, with a focus on American music, but the Web sites of interest to musicologists link provides extensive lists of links under headings such as 'Women in Music', 'Jazz', 'Music in Latin America' as well as practical matters such as job vacancies, music libraries, and publishers. 

British Library Sound Archive: Pop Music: Jazz Collection
This site focuses on describing the collections available at the British Library, but offers a large number of sound recordings available online and an extensive list of links to European and American web sites on jazz.

Jazz: A History of America's Music The site supplementing the PBS series by Ken Burns, the links of special value are the "Biographies" and the "Jazz in Time" sections. Jazz: All About Jazz While not research-based, the interviews with jazz performers and reviews of recordings are valuable for primary source information on the artist's interpretations and inspirations for their work.

National Public Radio: Jazz
This site offers a wide variety of information based on prior broadcast programs. Of special note is the Basic Jazz Record Library, offering recordings of the artists discussed in the program transcripts.

Passion for Jazz: Music History and Education Assembled by a jazz musician, the site has a useful glossary, timeline and information on music theory. The value is weakened by the lack of references provided to support the information.

Red Hot Jazz Archive Like most .coms, this has a commercial component, but an extensive and accessible list of bands with sound and video clips. The essays do not offer bibliographies, but information on books written by the essay author. Useful features are the dates given for the band and star performers.

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest are the Jazz & Popular Music and Artist Profiles sections.

Composers

African American Music Collection Transcripts of approximately 60 of the artists recorded through videotaped interviews by James Standifer. Other materials are referred to, but are not available through online access.

American Memory Brought to you by the Library of Congress, this is a collection of digitized documents, photographs and sound files including collections focusing on individual performers and composers. 

Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists. Not all names given have active links, but the page offers individuals, groups and at the bottom, links to "The Standards", "Women in Jazz" (2 parts) and "Today's Generation".

Jazz Profiles from National Public Radio provides biographical material, interviews and performance clips to a number of different performers over time.

Video Oral History Project (Selected Clips from the Louis Armstrong Jazz Oral History Project) Mostly short video clips and transcripts of interviews with some of the jazz greats, there are several full-length (1 hour+) streaming video interviews as well.

...For More

Increasing numbers of sites dedicated to performers and genres are being made available on the internet. Look for reliable and established research-oriented sites, such as those hosted by universities (on .edu servers) or museums and historical societies (frequently found on .org servers). Here are some examples:

Blues Music: Overview From the New Georgia Encyclopedia, this focuses on performers who lived in the state. 

The Eubie Blake Collection at the Maryland Historical Society

Jefferson, Blind Lemon from the Handbook of Texas Online. A short entry with references for further research.


Reggae, Ska, Rap & Hip-Hop

Books

Much of this music is geographically attributed to the Caribbean region, but contains influences from African and other world music, so look at the World Music section also.

Garland encyclopedia of world music (with accompanying CDs)
Reference ML100 .G16 (multiple volumes of major geographic areas, vol. 10 is general perspectives)

Selected reports in ethnomusicology
Book Stacks ML3799 .C34 (some have accompanying cassettes)

World beat: A listener's guide to contemporary world music on CD
Book Stacks   ML3470 .S65 1992

World music: The rough guide (see the Non-book section for information on the Rough Guide series of CDs
Book Stacks   ML3545 .W66 1994

Non-Book

CSUSM Media Library has a variety of sound recordings and videos on reggae and related music and performers. Search the catalog on your desired term (reggae, hip-hop, etc.) and modify the search to location: MEDIA to view the CDs and videos available.

Journals

Black Music Research Journal is indexed in RILM, our music subject database, full text is available in the Periodicals stacks at ML3556 .B58

Internet

AfroCubaWeb: Music & Dance Much of this page is devoted to groups' schedules, but the lower part of the page offers an extensive list of links on AfroCuban music. If you use the sources listed, be sure to verify the information with scholarly resources.

AMG All Music Guide While the site is for selling CD's, information such as important releases and artists in the RAP and REGGAE categories are within this site.

Center for Black Music Research The Musical Styles and Genres page is a doorway to information, sound clips, bibliographies and discographies of various styles of "black music and the black musical experience".

Dread Library USE WITH CAUTION: This site offers student-created papers and the content may not be fully accurate or have been subject to interpretation your professor may not agree with. The useful part of this site are the bibliographies to help you locate resources!

Music: A Celebration of Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Rap, Reggae and Everything Else About Africans and African Americans Love of Music An annotated list of sites about music and artists, the page name says it all.

Readings for Rhetoric of Reggae The suggested source list from a university professor's class on reggae, most of these titles can be obtained here at CSUSM or from the Circuit.

Reggae and Ska The School of Music, Indiana University, has assembled a short list of some of the more comprehensive Reggae and Ska web pages.

Rhythm Web: Caribbean Percussion Traditions Focused on instruments used in a variety of world musics.

Composers

Look for the musicians home page--but be sure it is the authorized site and not one put up by a fan. Frequently, the home page will be hosted by the record label of the artist. If the subject artist is from a developing nation, reliable information could be very difficult to come by.

Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists including Bob Marley and a few other artists in these genres.

Jammin Reggae Archives The content is not scholarly as it is a mix of fan sites, festival announcements, reviews and more, but could lead to interesting sources for your topic.

World Music Central While much of the site is not scholarly or provided with means to verify the content;s accuracy or currency, the ARTISTS BIOGRAPHIES section offers brief commentary, but more importantly, links to the artist's official website.


World Music

Books

World music encompasses a wide variety of traditional and new music and can be performed for both sacred and secular purposes.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (with accompanying CDs) Reference   ML100 .G16 (multiple volumes, each of a major geographic area, vol. 10 is general perspectives)

Selected Reports in Ethnomusicology Book Stacks   ML3799 .C34 (some have accompanying cassettes) World Beat: A Listener's Guide to Contemporary World Music on CD Book Stacks   ML3470 .S65 1992

World Music: The Rough Guide (see the Non-book section for information on the Rough Guide series of CDs) Book Stacks   ML3545 .W66 1994

Non-Book Resources

The CSUSM Media Library holds a large number of CDs of world and ethnic music. Of special note is the Rough Guide series, try typing "rough guide" as your search term to see the entire collection.

The Media Library also holds a variety of music videos. If you search under GENRE/FORM for music, you will note two different listings for 'music video recordings' and 'music videos'. Music videos are normally performances of music while the video recordings can be recorded interviews or instruction on music.

Journals

Ethno-musicology   Periodicals ML1 .E77 (some older issues on microform at C-934)

World of Music   Periodicals ML5 .W67  (in print format, our holdings begin with vol. 1 in 1959)

Journals on music in electronic format can be found by using the GENRE/FORM search option in the library catalog. Type in Music and look for the 'music electronic journals' entry to access the list of all journals we own in electronic full-text. Of special interest will be Ethnomusicology Online

Internet

AfroPop Worldwide While much of this site is commercially-oriented, it is informative about artists, CD and book reviews and current events concerning African popular music and performance. 

American Folklife Center Originally founded to collect American folk music, the scope has expanded to include a limited amount of historical world folk music, much of which is available through the American Memory collection.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology Focus on British and Irish folk music. The "What is Ethnomusicology? and Related Links" page is the most useful for Western European music sources online.

British Library Sound Archive: World and Traditional Music This site focuses on describing the collections available at the British Library, but offers sound recordings for online listening and links to websites of sound archives, organizations and more.

Echoes of Africa From the BBC, start with a geographic region and look at instruments, read about artists (limited collection) and listen to audio clips.

Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, and World Music Contents Extensive portal of sites on organizations, journal titles, record labels, and web pages from the University of Washington.

National, International and World Music Extensive list of links by country, leading to a variety of commercial, academic, and personal sites, there is something for everyone's focus here from the Indiana University School of Music

Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican-American Recordings Browseable and searchable collection. One-minute samples are available to all, full recordings are for UCLA use.

UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive While frustrating to find that much of their holdings are not available online, the trip to UCLA to access these extensive holdings could be worth it. Be sure to read "Access Policies"

Video On Demand
A collection of performances, lectures, interviews, and installations recorded at UCSD. These are free to watch using RealPlayer. Use the video finder subject divisions to look at the offering (advise using the Arts & Music collection and then using the "by subject" tab". A title/keyword search option is available also. Of interest is the World Music section, other useful materials may be found in the "Humanities" area under African & African-American Studies and Ethnic Studies.

World Music Central This site offers a variety of materials based on reader input as well as articles from a variety of publications and biographies.

Composers & Performers

Look for the musician's home page--but be sure it is the authorized site and not one put up by a fan who can easily post misinformation and misinterpretation of the artist and their intent. Frequently, the home page will be hosted by the record label of the artist. If the artist is from a developing nation, reliable information could be very difficult to come by.

BBC World Music

While offering a limited number of links for world music artists, there are sound clips, brief biographical information notes, reviews, and links to related sites and further reading.

Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups
Assembled by Indiana University, this covers a broad range of musical artists.

Mondomix: The online world music magazine
Interviews, reviews and where available, links to the performer's web site.

Rough Guide to Music (World)
While basically a site to promote purchase of books and videos, there is some brief information offered about artists, their instruments, and the style of music they play.

Theatre

VPA - Theatre


Theatre

Keywords

Think about words that describe your topic and the variations of that word as well as performers and theatrical groups that are involved in the theatrical genre you are studying. Boundaries are not clear-cut between styles and some artists cross genres, working not only in traditional theatre, but experimental settings. This can give you great angles for your research, but can also make it hard to stay focused on a small enough topic for a paper.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias are a good place to start your research. They can help you identify a topic for your paper, and often include useful bibliographies.

The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
REFERENCE PN 1861 .W67
This is one of the premier encyclopedic resources on theatre. If you don't look at anything else, look at this.

Cambridge Guide to American Theatre
REFERENCE PN 2221 .C36 1996

The Cambridge Guide to Theatre
REFERENCE  PN2035 .C27 1995   

Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary
REFERENCE  PN2285 .N65 1989 

Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary
REFERENCE PN2205 .T54 1994

 


Useful Subject Terms (sample)

 

 


Internet Sources

Performing Arts Encyclopedia (Library of Congress)
Providing links to digitized collections and exhibits as well as bibliographies to lead to more. Both searchable and browseable to find the rich variety of resources.

Educational Theatre Association
Directed towards the theatre instructor in K-12, useful links for anyone interested in theatre are included.


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