Category: Research

We Love the Web

Here at the Mudd we don’t think The Web is evil. In fact, its beauty lies in the fact that it makes everyone’s lives easier and more complicated at the same time. If there were no internet you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You’d have to intercept this message using your tin-foil hat.

The latest issue of the online magazine Online is featuring a subject near and dear to our hearts: research. And music research to boot: “Music to Researchers’ Ears: Ten Top Sites for Researching Music.” This helpful guide, written by a music librarian in California, runs the gamut from Mozart to world music. Unfortunately, as web resources sometimes go, one of the links she’s included is no longer valid. It’s the International Sheet Music Library Project and if you go to the site you’ll get a rather depressing message from the site’s founder explaining why he’s decided not to go on. Those who value the site’s purpose are trying valiantly to get another sponsor in spite of the threats of legal action. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, all of the other sites get the official Mudd Seal of Approval.

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Adding Article Links to Moodle

You’ve found the perfect article for your class in JSTOR and now you want to add the link to your Moodle course page, but where do you find the URL? JSTOR and many (but not all) of the library databases have what they call persistent or stable URLs that you can quickly copy & paste into Moodle. Be sure to have the article links open in a new window so that students lose track of their Moodle page. Check the guide for more information.

We’re So Glad We Had That Time Together

burnettOn September 11, 1967 The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS. It was the first hour-long comedy-variety show to be hosted by a woman. When you think about it, the show produced theater (skits,) production numbers and musical numbers with all the trappings every week: choreography, sets, costumes by Bob Mackie, the works. Today the costs would be prohibitive and TV audiences probably would have no interest. But back then people stayed home to watch the show. Imagine doing this for a weekly TV show today.

The Paley Center for Media, formerly The Museum of Television & Radio, has an informative profile on Carol Burnett for you young folk who missed this golden age. You can also hear Carol Burnett on the original cast recording of Once Upon a Mattress.

Ah, Bach.

A whole lot has been written about J.S. Bach, as you know. Yo Tomita from the School of Music, Queen’s University Belfast has put together, with the help of some contributors, a handy web site titled Bach Bibliography. From the web site introduction: “The aim of releasing the Bach Bibliography on the Internet is to provide facilities for scholarly community world-wide the most up-to-date and most comprehensive bibliography of J. S. Bach in most useful and efficient way.”

Keep in mind no one place will provide one-stop research shopping, and this is a bibliography, so you’ll get citations, not full-text. A lot is in German, as you may expect, but there’s plenty in other languages and it’s well worth checking out if Bach is your thing.

Mozart’s Thematic Catalog

When you think Mozart’s Thematic Catalog, you naturally think Köchel. But did you know Mozart compiled his own thematic catalog? From February 1784 until December 1791 (three weeks before his death) he kept a record of his completed pieces. Here he included the dates, titles and sometimes instrumentation, along with the opening bars of each work.

The brilliant, technically advanced and well-funded people at the British Library have put together an online gallery called “Turning the Pages”. Here you can [virtually] flip through Jane Austen’s early work in her own hand; Mercator’s first atlas of Europe compiled in the 1570’s; the Diamond Sutra, the oldest printed “book” (China, 868) and Mozart’s thematic catalog, among many others.

You’ll need Adobe’s Shockwave plug-in to do the flipping. Mozart’s catalog also includes soundclips of the entries, text, and even the capability to hear the text read to you.

Citing ARTstor and JSTOR

Citing ARTstor and JSTOR in the Works Cited section or bibliography of your work is a lot less complicated than you might think. For ARTstor, one method has you include the following:

Artist’s name

Title of work. Date of work.

Museum name and location.

Date you looked at the image in ARTstor.

ARTstor: ARTstor ID number

You can arrange these elements in the order required by the citation format you’re using. No need for long URLs, as you can just indicate that you used ARTstor by name or with the database URL See ARTstor’s help for more information and other options.

To cite JSTOR, you can forget about the long permanent URLs as well. All of the most commonly used citation formats–APA, MLA, Chicago–let you use the main URL for citations. So all you need to include is and the date you got the article from the database.

For more information on citing electronic resources, see the library’s guide to citing electronic documents.