Finding Relevant Research Articles is Not a One-Step Process!
A good researcher often needs to search in more than one database and refine the search strategy several times before locating the most relevant and rewarding articles. Visit the Library'sMusic Databases Pageto make review the full list of music databases available.
1. Design a strategy that includes each element you need to find in an article.
Example: "music therapy" + practicum population + intervention
2. Enter your search elements in separate boxes of an advanced search.
**A single box can have multiple synonyms, if they are separated by "OR."
3. The database will search for one term from each search box.
Creating an Annotated Bibliography
WHAT IS AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY?
An annotated bibliography is a list of references, followed by a brief (usually no more than 200 words) descriptive and evaluative summary. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the source.
ANNOTATIONS VS. ABSTRACTS
Abstracts are the purely descriptive summaries often found at the beginning of scholarly articles. Annotations are descriptive and critical; they evaluate the author's point of view, content, clarity and authority.
First, locate articles that may contain useful information on your topic. Briefly examine and review the actual items. Then choose those works that provide a variety of perspectives on your topic.
Write a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. Include one or more sentences that (a) evaluate the authority or background of the author, (b) compare or contrast this work with others you have cited, and (c) explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.