Q. How do I find an article about popular music published recently in a journal, magazine, or periodical?
Start with Summon (http://bgsu.summon.serialssolutions.com/). Do a keyword search on your topic, and use the facets on the left to narrow your results by journal type, date, and so on. You might also try Music Index Online (http://maurice.bgsu.edu/record=e1000057). If searching for an author, do try the search with only the last name; often, only the first initial of the author is included in Music Index, so you might eliminate some results by including the first name in your search. If you find an article, there might be a link to a full-text source such as JSTOR, in which case the user can click on that link and have access directly to the article. If we don't have electronic access to a journal or magazine, you should help the patron to look up the title of the journal or magazine (such as "Rolling Stone," or "Spin") in the online catalog to see if we have it, then if we do have that title, the patron should request the periodical volume at the Listening Center window or go down to the periodicals section on the first floor (the South end of the floor) if it's kept down there. Remember, don't search for the article title in the online catalog but rather the periodical's title. If you have no luck in Music Index, try Rock's Backpages: http://www.rocksbackpages.com/. We do not subscribe to this service, so we can't access the full-text articles, but you can use the index in the same way you would with Music Index, then check to see if we subscribe to a title.
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