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MUS 153: Music in the Movies: Search Tips


(Beeghly Library Catalog and OhioLINK)

Library catalogs will get you print and electronic books, movies, and CDs.

Be broad in your search and only use one or two keywords to start with since books usually cover a lot of material. Try OhioLINK if you can't find enough in the Beeghly Library catalog. 

Beeghly Library Catalog:

After your search, go through the titles and see what may be relevant for your topic. Click on a title and look at the Full Record. This will give you a book's summary and table of contents. You can also try clicking on a "Subject" to find more books like the one you selected. 


(Examples: Academic Search Complete and RILM Abstracts)

Databases will help you find journal articles, reviews, and some electronic books.

You can be more specific with keywords in databases since you are finding specific articles. It usually works best if you use two to three keywords at a time

Academic Search Complete (keep in mind, this search box looks similar to other databases):


In this example, I would like to find articles on film music in Indian movies. I found the subject term "MOTION picture music" and added the keywords "India OR Hindi" to make sure I covered as many Indian films as possible. 



Note: If you are not finding appropriate articles with the keywords you are using, try different ones or see what subject terms are listed under promising articles. 



Evaluate Your Sources

Not sure which result to use as a source? Try the CRAAP Test:

Currency: Does you need need current information for your topic? What might have changed since this source was published?

Relevance: Is this source on your topic? Is only a section of it on your topic? Does it only cover some parts of your topic? 

Authority: Why should you trust that this author knows what she or he is talking about? What credentials do they have?

Accuracy: How did the author come up with the information in this source? Are there any errors?

Purpose: Why did this author create this source? What is his or her perspective?

Learn more with our Evaluating Sources research guide: