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Using Alexander Street Press Music Audio Resources

How to search and browse in ASP's audio resources. Including: Music Online, American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.

Searching in Contemporary World Music

Search Options in Contemporary World Music

Contents: Advanced Search, Keyword Search, Select Terms

There are basically two search options in Contemporary World Music. There is the Advanced Search and the Keyword Search.

Advanced Searching

Advanced Searching in the Contemporary World Music database is pretty straight forward.

The most important thing is to remember to keep it simple (because not all resources are indexed equally well).

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Select Terms

One of the useful features is the "Select Terms" feature, which is available on many of the search boxes.

This allows you to view and pick the words that are most commonly used to identify a certain subject or type or term. By using the terms that the database has chosen, you are more likely to get a better group of results.

The only drawback to using this feature is that sometime it is slow to display (particularly with "People" terms).

Also if you build a search that is too complex you might not get any results, even though it seems like logically something should come up.

You can select these terms either by clicking on the "Select Terms" at the right side of the box,

Or by starting to type in a word and letting the database give you potential options... This way works really well for personal names.

It is a little better to look up the "Select Terms" for Genre because searching for a more generic term may miss results that should be there (particularly if the spelling is not the standard one).

Again, when you are doing this type of search it is best to keep it simple!

Using the "Cultural Group" search can be particularly helpful in finding music of a certain ethnic group. Remember to use the "Select Terms" to get the most results.

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Keyword Searching

Keyword searching is pretty easy in this database and rather similar to doing a google search. As with the previously mentioned searches, it is best to keep this search as simple as possible, while including words that can help specify the aspect of music that is desired.

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Content compiled/Written by G. D.