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Using RILM

A guide on how to use RILM, a database on scholarly works concerning music.

Visual Searching in RILM

The Visual Search in RILM is a simpler version of the basic search, but what makes it special is the way that it presents the results. This search has two display features. One is "Blocks" and the other is "Columns."

If you would like to check out a video tutorial as well please visit the EBSCO Visual Search Video Tutorial.

The "Columns" display is very useful when you want to get an article that has a lot of sub-categories that you need.

If you want to narrow down the number of articles you can navigate by selecting the broad subjects in the blue print.

The Green Boxes symbolize the articles themselves.

There are a couple of ways of navigating this display.

If you move your cursor to the edges of the boxes the results scroll automatically (although sometimes it moves a little too fast).

To view a brief summary, all you have to do is click on the Green Text Box.

The Summary of a selected article is also displayed in one of the boxes on the right-hand side of the search result window.

When you want to see the Full Summary of an article you can go to the right side bar and click on the tiny "More" link at the end of the short summary. 

To return to the search results all you need to do is click on the gray sidebar...

By using the Drop Down Menus that are on top of the search results window, you can adjust the way that the information displays.

"Group results" allows you to change from the default of sorting by subject, to sorting by publisher.

"Sort results" allows you to either sort by date or by relevance (which is the default).

"Filter results by date" allows you to limit the date of the article to whatever date is needed (this is helpful if you need recent articles).

To change this to the "Columns" display, all you have to do is go to the "Display Style" and check the other option.

Words that you were using to search with are "Bolded" when you look at the full record. One of the other useful things to notice is the "Subjects" that are used. These can be used in later searches to help focus searches on a more specific aspect of a topic.

 


 

The "Blocks" display has a default of sorting by subject, with each different subject getting a different row. This can be adjusted to be by publication as well. Depending on how the articles are categorized, a given article can be in more that one column (which is shown by the box around the article lighting up wherever the article appears).

There are a couple of ways of navigating this display.

If you move your cursor to the edges of the boxes the results scroll automatically (although sometimes it moves a little too fast),

Another way to navigate is by using the "Results Map" that is at the bottom right-hand corner of the window. This is a slightly more controlled way of navigating through the results.

The last way of navigating the results is by using the control in the upper middle part of the left-hand corner of the results window, which also allows you to "Zoom" in.

One of the nice things about this form of the display is that by "Zooming" in all the way, the boxes include a small summary of the article, which can be really useful.

Like the "Columns" version of the search, when you want to see the Full Summary of an article you can go to the right side bar and click on the tiny "More" link at the end of the short summary. 

This expands the result to the full record. 

Words that you were using to search with are "Bolded" when you look at the full record. One of the other useful things to notice is the "Subjects" that are used. These can be used in later searches to help focus searches on a more specific aspect of a topic.

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Finding Your Article

When you find an article that suits your needs, there are a few methods that you can use to access it.

If you are lucky, you will see something to the left of the article just below "Detailed Record" that says something like "Linked Full Text," "PDF Full Text," or "HTML Full Text." In this means that all you have to do is just click on that link to find your article!

If it is not there, then you can look around the page for a "Find it" button, which similarly near "Detailed Record" on the page.

If the "Find it" button is missing, you will have to add an extra step to your article search.

When you are looking for a Dissertation or an article in a Book, often the "Find it" button does not work. So in this case you also will need to add an extra step. In the case of Dissertations you can search for those through the "Dissertations" category in Research Port, and the "Dissertation and Theses : Full Text" is particularly useful in this case.

In the case of Articles in Books, you will need to look for the Title of the Book in the library's catalog (remembering that chapters of books are not indexed, so if you just search for the title of the article of interest you will not find it).


Finding an Article from a Book

The information about the source of the article or book is usually in the a field called "Source" "Dissertation Source" or "Collected work"

So if you wanted to find the article "Interpreting Beethoven's 'Tempest' sonata through topics, gestures, and agency" you would go to the library's catalog...

Then you would put the title of the book (which is under the field "Collected work") into the basic search box, change the drop-down menu to title begins with (remembering that beginning words like "The" and "A" are removed), and then search the catalog to find out if it is there.



Finding Articles through Research Port

First, go back to homepage of Research Port, and then look in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. There is a useful feature here called "Looking for a Specific Article?" that you can use instead!

All you need to do this search is to figure out is the Journal the article appears in. You can do this by looking at the record again. If you scan down the record past the "Abstract..."

This should appear under the "Source" label in the full record. This also tells you that it was volume 44 (and that it is on pages 55-66).

Copy this and paste it into the "Journal Name" box of the "Looking for a specific article" search.


If you include the Title of the article as well (which is at the top of the record), sometimes this feature will take you directly to the article. Other times, you might have to make sure to note information like the Volume, Number, and the Year to find your article.

It is also possible that we own a copy of the journal as well.


To find out if there is a copy in the library's catalog, you need to look for the Journal Title in the Library's catalog.

You can do this by going to the Library Homepage,

then going to the Catalog, and then clicking on the "Journal" tab...

Then searching for the Journal...

An important thing to remember: you need to leave out initial articles (like "The" and "A" and even ones in other languages like "Die" or "Der"). So in the case of the journal "Die Musikforschung" the first word of the title ("Die") must be left out.

After you have found out whether it is in the catalog, you can use that information that you noted earlier (particularly the Year and the Volume/Issue number) to check in the record to see if the library has the volume that you need. You do this by clicking on the "Availability" link in the record.

The library does not catalog article titles, so if you try to look for the article that way IT WILL NOT SHOW UP.

After you have discovered whether the item is in the library, you can check the Location (this article is in the Performing Arts Library) and the Call Number (in the case of the example it is "ML5.M9437, yrbk. 60"), and whether it is Stacks or Folio (in this case, it is in "Stacks"), because all of these change where the journal is kept.

Occasionally, there might be a note such as "Missing: no. 2" and in that case, you might be able to make a request through InterLibrary Loan (which you can do by clicking the "Find It" button at the top of the record).

Generally, journals cannot be checked out of the library (so you either have to read it in the library, or you have to make a photocopy of it).

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