My article isn’t available in full-text!
Sometimes, when searching a database, you will only get a short summary of each article (the abstract); not the full-text.
Click the “Check Here For Full-Text” link on the page to find out whether one of our other databases has it, or if we have another format for this information (print, microfilm, microfiche, etc.).
In most cases, we can easily get a copy of the article... for free!
(see Getting Resources for more information)
If we don't have what you need, you may want to consider requesting items through Interlibrary Loan. This service is free of charge to WPU students and is a quick and easy way to get hard to find books and articles for your research.
Where to find Articles?
We have a number of general discipline databases (for interdisciplinary topics), as well as a number of Music-specific databases to choose from. Most offer full-text access to articles online, and can be used from off campus.
You can see a complete list of the databases that the Library subscribes to with the Databases tab on our homepage, or by going directly to the Databases page.
Because jazz is a living and evolving art form, you are likely to find resources in scholarly journals, popular and trade magazines, newspapers, and even online. Use a combination of searches to locate those resources that match the scope of your research.
If you find an article in the references of another source, use the Journals A-Z tab on the Library website to search for the journal name (not the name of the article). If we have the journal, you may be able to get the full-text without any other effort! Otherwise, it's a fast and easy process to request a copy through Interlibrary Loan!
If the article is only available in a WPUNJ format (WPUNJ Print, WPUNJ Microfilm, or WPUNJ Microfiche), complete an Article Request Form to have us digitize it for you!.
Because you're looking for a connection between Jazz and other aspects of American culture/history, you may need to explore non-Music databases to find more resources. Some examples might be:
The Music Index is what we used to find music literature before online databases, and is a print Subject-Author guide.
The library owns copies of the Music Index from 1949-1996, which is about the time that most of our databsaes start indexing articles.
Each volume contains the articles written during that year, and can be searched by title, author/composer/band, or subject.
Remember, if you're researching an older topic, this is a resource that you shouldn't miss!
Be sure to conduct searches in as many volumes as is necessary to cover your topic.