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21M.500 - Analyzing Popular Music: Find Articles

BartonPlus - Classic Barton + e-resources

BartonPlus searches most (but not all) MIT-licensed e-resources, including full-text articles.  It's an excellent place to start, particularly if you do not already know a lot about your topic.  

Find Scholarly Articles About Music

These sources may list articles that are not listed in BartonPlus.  Some provide you with the complete text of the article, while others will give you just a short description and a link to our full-text finder, a tool that will search for the complete article in a different source.

During our presentation in class, Avery mentioned two specific magazine titles: Rolling Stone and Billboard.  Both of them are indexed in Academic Search Complete .  (This means that you will not be able to see all the articles on their own web sites, but you WILL be able to search for them and read them using the index.)

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The databases below allow you to search across multiple disciplines:

Additional Sources of Articles

  • Newspapers and other news sources can be excellent sources of information about popular music topics.  
    • Global Newsstream

      Access to over 2500 US and international news sources including today's issues the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, etc. Archives for most sources go back to the 1980s. Sources include newspapers, newswires, news journals, television and radio transcripts, blogs, podcasts, and digital-only websites.

    • Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis)

      Nexis Uni Academic provides access to the full-text of many news, business, and legal resources.

    • Library PressReader

      Current editions of hundreds U.S. and international newspapers from scores of countries in dozens of languages in full-color, full-page format. Current three months only.

    • Many more are listed on the Newspaper Research Guide.

  • Get access to online resources from public libraries. Any MA resident can get a Boston Public Library e-borrowing card.

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