Journal articles are available in various formats: digital, print and microfilm, depending on the title and the Library's holdings. At Brooklyn College, many journals such as "Latin American Music Review" are available both digitally and in print; journals such as 'Music Therapy Today" are available only digitally; journals such as "Guitar Player" are available only in print; "Rolling Stone" is available both in print and microfilm. There are even historical journals such as "Lyre Bird" that the Library has on microfilm only.
OneSearch and the Library Catalog and the "E-Journals Finder" are the places to go to find which journals, whatever their format, can be accessed in the Library. In the Music Library, bound print journals are arranged by title on the open shelves and unbound issues of journals are requested at the Music Service desk.
Finding articles within journals involves using many indexes and databases, choosing which are appropriate for a particular topic and then deciding which specific words/terms are best for finding relevant material. Not all search terms work for all the databases. You have to be creative in determining which terms yield the best results.
When doing research, it is often best to start with very specific search terms and if that does not bring satisfactory results the subject search should be broadened. This is the "open your umbrella" approach to research, a tried and true method. Something else to remember is that variant word spellings can affect searches and several options might have to be used.
Music Index Online coveres all styles and genres of music in periodicals and music literature that features digitized content from 1970 to the present. (The content of volumes from 1949-1969 is available in the Music Library Reference stacks, ML118 .M84.) The Music Index provides citations and abstracts for book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. The database also provides links to find full-text.
Project Muse offers nearly 200 journal titles from some 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others. Project MUSE provides full-text access to a comprehensive selection of humanities and social sciences journals.
RILM (Repertoire International de Litterture Musicale) Abstracts of Musical Literature, covers over 3,000 journals in over 200 languages. Entries include original-language titles, title translations in English, full bibliographic information, and abstracts in English, as well as author, journal, and in-depth subject indexes. The database indexes articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festchriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, reviews, and more. Coverage begins in 1835.
A joint effort of RISM, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, this online searchable database of musical manuscripts (interface in German only) includes detailed information on manuscript sources, location, and musical incipits.