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HON1000: Women & Music: Databases

Search Tips


  • Never put in your entire research question when you search
  • Break up your search into keywords
  • Write down several different possibilities for searching 
  • You will need to search different terms and combinations - there is no such thing as a perfect search

Beyond Music Databases

While much of what you're looking for will be available through our dedicated Music databases, your research may also benefit from other disciplines.

For instance...

  • If you're looking at the women in the music industry, you might want to look in a Business database.
  • If your topic deals with social issues related to women in music, a Sociological database might provide additional perspectives.

If you've searched our Music databases but still haven't found what you're looking for, talk to your professor about looking elsewhere.

Music & Sociology Research Databases

The library has a large number of research databases, but it's important to know which one will work best for your needs.

Not all databases contain journal articles, and some are more appropriate for this course than others. 

Because you are exploring both music and society, it will be important to look in a variety of sources to find the information you need.  

Below are a few recommended databases to begin your research:

Remember:  You can access the databases from off campus using your WPUNJ username and password!

What About Google Scholar?

You'll see Google Scholar on our Databases list, but be cautious of starting your research here.  

Like the full Google search, it will often give you more results than you need and some may be off topic.  

This is a great place to go if you have a solid research question or thesis statement, and if you've exhausted our other Databases already.