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Music Therapy: Research Guide

Resources for Music Therapy Students

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Brendan Higgins
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Stan Getz Library, Room 296
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Research Guide

Welcome to this resource guide for Music Therapy.

 

Use this guide to:

  • Learn how to locate articles through the library's search engine, Augmented Search
  • Explore the databases related to music therapy
  • Find books and journals that can help with your research
  • Explore specific topics related to the field of music therapy

 

If you have questions, please ask:

  • Your librarian, Brendan Higgins
    (contact details on the left)
  • Ask-A-Librarian

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Augmented Search is the default search engine found on the library's homepage. It allows users to search both the Berklee College and the Boston Conservatory catalogs and most Berklee-licensed electronic resources, including e-books, streaming audio, e-scores and full-text articles. Although the results are extensive, it's important to note that it does not include ALL materials available online to the Berklee community.

 

When should I use "Augmented Search"?

 

You should use it when:

 

  • You just need a few books and articles on a topic and you want to quickly search in one place.

  • You need articles on a topic and you would like to search across multiple databases.

  • You want a book, score, CD or DVD but you’re not sure which Library would have it.

 

Making the most of "Augmented Search"

Use the facets in the search results!  

After running a search, you can limit the results by using the sidebar on the left. We recommend limiting by:

 

  • Choosing "Electronically Available" for online materials or "Offered by Berklee Libraries" for physical items in the libraries

  • Publication date, if you need more recent research or date specific research

  • Source Type, such as "Academic Journals" for articles, "Books" or "eBooks", or specific audiovisual materials. 

  • Language, if you find that you are getting many articles in foreign langauges

 

 

Other tips:

  • When off-campus, be sure to log in in the upper right corner of your results page with your Berklee OnePass - some results and content can only be shown if you are a verified member of the Berklee community.

  • Notice that not all results will provide a full-text version of the article. You may need to search further for a specific article. We suggest searching for the title again in Augmented Search (in case it's available through a different database) or searching Google for a freely accessible copy. If that does not work, you can request a copy through Interlibrary Loan.


The databases listed above are hosted by EBSCO. Pro tip: Select "Choose Databases" from above the search bar and you can search multiple EBSCO databases. In addition to the ones listed above, other good choices are:

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Academic Search Complete
Education Research Complete
ERIC
Music Index


 


There are additional databases online, some of which have full-text articles, while others only provide indexed descriptions of existing articles.


 

Here is a list of some of the major journal related to music therapy research, including where you can find full text access through our databases. If you need to find a specific journal not listed here, use our Publication Finder 

 

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Get library materials: scores, books and articles beyond the Berklee library with interlibrary loan (ILL).
 
First try to find it in our catalog, not there? please fill out ILL request form.
 
  • ILL is available for current undergraduates, graduates, faculty and staff.
  • Due dates vary and are set by the lending institution. Renewals can be requested via libraryill@berklee.edu but are not guaranteed.
  • ILL takes time to come in give yourself 1-2 weeks for articles and 2-3 weeks for books and scores.

 

How do I get an article that the Library doesn’t have and isn’t available as full text online?

Request the article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

Most databases will allow you to email the citations directly.  When requesting articles from the library always email citations to libraryill@berklee.edu, you must include your full name and email address somewhere in the message/comment.  Failing to do so will result in the request going unfilled.  Please use part of article title as subject title.  

 If not using the database’s interface to email a citation, you may email libraryill@berklee.edu directly but you must include the entire citation.