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MUSC 306: Music History II: Find Articles

When and Where Can I Access Databases?

Databases are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use them on or off campus. If you are using them from off campus you will be prompted to put in your SU username and password (the same one you use for Gull Net, MyClasses, or an SU computer).

Evaluating Sources

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be another helpful tool to identify potentially scholarly resources. You are likely to hit a pay wall, however, as the licensing on academic journals is steep! Here's how you can connect your Google Scholar account with SU Libraries to avoid those fees!

Once you are in Google Scholar, click on the three lines in the top left corner to get a navigation menu to appear, and select the last option next to the gear icon, Settings.

Screenshot of Google Scholar Settings menu. Search Results, followed by Languages, Library Links, Account, Button.

From here select the third option down, Library links. Type in Salisbury University to the search bar. Then click the two boxes that appear to connect to our Libraries, as shown below.

Three options next to boxes with check marks in them. Open WorldCat - Library Search; Salisbury University - Find it @ SU Libraries; Salisabury University - Salisbuty University Libr.

Selected Databases for Articles

Article Databases: By Subject and A-Z List

Getting Full Text

Some databases will have the full text of the entire article available within the database, others will only have a citation for the article. When there is only a citation available, you will see a yellow find it button. This button will give you options for getting a full text version of the article. If we have access to it in another database it will be linked there.

If it says "Not Available Online" then look for "Check Availability in SU Catalog"; if you see that then we may have a hardcopy version on the shelf in the library.

If you don't have either of those options then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)! There are loads of ways to get a copy of an article you are interested in.

+Endings can indicate reliability

Sometimes, you can judge how reliable website information is by noting the URL ending.

.GOV - refers to a government website. Highly reliable.

.EDU - often refers to a reliable website that belongs to an educational institution.

.ORG - implies a non-profit ORGanization. Approach with skepticism.

.COM - stands for "commercial" and is often used for businesses. Approach with skepticism.