Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Library Database: Historical Abstracts

Ball State Libraries' database offering now includes Historical Abstracts.  This abstracting service comes via Ebscohost, the same vendor and interface that provides RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Academic Search Premier, and the ERIC education database.  You can search all of these databases simultaneously by first selecting one of them, and then clicking on "Choose Databases" to add additional databases to your search.
I did a sample search for Beethoven and retrieved fourteen linked full-text articles from such journals as Journal of the History of Ideas, History Today, Journal of Social History, and Journal of Interdisciplinary History.  There were also a few music journals included, but of course not as many as you'll find in RILM.

This database links to full text articles when available, and like other Ebscohost databases, MultiLink will take you to CardCat or Interlibary loan for articles not available online.

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