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MUS 121: Music Appreciation I (Online): Articles

This online guide will provide you with useful resources for your Music Appreciation course. If you have questions or comments, please contact

Article Databases

Here are a few places you can find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Remember that you will have to login with your myNOVA username and password (the same ones you use to access Blackboard, student email, etc.).

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Why can't I just use Google?

This video by Yavapai College Library in Prescott, Arizona demonstrates the different types of information found in Google versus library databases. 

Click the  icon located in the bottom right corner to watch the video in fullscreen mode.

Searching Library Databases

Search Tips

Magazine, journal, and newspaper focus on a specific aspect of a topic.  Therefore, what you type into the search box needs to be specific.

Select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

U2 AND religion

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.

"civil war" AND music

Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple endings of one word.  Using censor* as a search term will include results that refer to censor, censors, censored, censoring, and censorship.

censor* AND Shostakovich

Where do I find articles?

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weeks, months, etc.).  Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals.  It is important to understand what kind of periodical will have the articles you need.  More information on finding peer-reviewed articles.