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Music - NonWestern music: The class on 6th October 2010

"Ethnomusicology" is the study of traditional and living music from oral traditions, especially music sourced outside of the urban Western European cultures.

The databases we covered

Your Box Hill student ID and StudentWeb password are all you need, to log into these resources.

The first ones we looked at were EbscoHost and International Index to Music Periodicals. Don't forget to use Advanced Search instead of the basic search, which would limit your findings. You can check the Subject Guides for the right subject terms . Or you can search on words anywhere in the document text.  I like using a combination of text words and subject terms.

Then we looked at Alexander Street's Music Online for its unique combination of reference material and streamed audio.  

Oxford Music Online is the online version of the latest edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. It has a lot of information. The embedded cross-indexing is quite handy, so look out for this.

Naxos Music Library has a lot of streamed audio of World music. You can search by performer, or keywords in the titles of tracks like 'taal' or 'raga'.

The State Library of Victoria has other resources including JSTOR. You will need to register first. Then you can link to the database selection page. JSTOR is particularly good for the arts and humanities.

The scholarly Web

Google Scholar is a good source of documents and of details of scholarly articles. Use Advanced Search to search by alternatives like 'Hindustani' with 'tal' or taal' or 'tala'. If you are referred to any articles on JSTOR, you can find JSTOR online at the State Library of Victoria. Don't forget to register with State Library first.

Google Books is another good source. The amount you can display from a book will vary depending on its copyright arrangements. If you can view a 'limited view' of several pages, or even a whole book, fine. Remember to cite the book itself, then say 'as viewed on Google Books Date accessed ....' If you find only the name and details of the book, I suggest you locate it on TROVE. Then you can either request an interlibrary loan, or borrow it yourself with a CAVAL card.


I'll add more to this later...

Using other libraries

There are two ways you can use other libraries.

You can ask for a free interlibrary loan - meaning we get a book for you to borrow, or a photocopy you can keep. The ILL request form is on StudentWeb. You will need to print the form and sign it personally before submitting it.

The second way is to get a CAVAL card from the front desk. You can take this card - with your Box Hill ID card - to any University or TAFE library in Victoria.

The best way to decide which option to use is to go to TROVE first, to see where the item is held.

Can I help?

Please contact me at with any questions.

I'd be happy to organise follow-up sessions - just let me me know what time and date would suit.


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