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Music Periodicals Database: Searchable Fields

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Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

Music Periodicals Database offers nine Look ups or browsable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a journal title. You can find the Look up links in the advanced search page and they are available for the following searchable fields:

  • author
  • broad subject
  • character
  • company
  • country of publication
  • location
  • narrow subject
  • person
  • publication

For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

To use and locate a Look up or browsable index, select the field from the advanced search pull-down menu. If a Look up is available, under the search row you will see a link to the Look up. Other Look ups and browsable indexes will be listed in the Limit To section of the advanced search page.

Select the Look up link and then you will see a browsable and alphabetical index for that field. There are some indexes that will not display an alphabetical list before searching for the term, rather you will have to enter a term first, and then the alphabetical list of matches will display.

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Broad and Narrow Subjects

While there is not a searchable thesaurus for Music Periodicals Database, you should use the Broad Subject Heading and Narrow Subject Heading look up lists to identify subject terms for searching

Broad Subject Headings broadly describe what an article is about (e.g., Country and Western Music) while Narrow Subject Headings focus in more precisely on the content of the article (e.g., Alternative country). The broad and narrow subject lists are created by ProQuest’s indexing team and are revised occasionally. The broad subject list is revised as new broad subject areas are investigated by researchers, while the narrow subject list grows more readily. Each article in Music Periodicals Database receives both broad and narrow subjects.

Searchable Fields

 

Field Name

Label

Search Examples & Explanation

Abstract

 AB

AB(swing jazz)

Members from our editorial team write an abstract from scratch, drawing on the article’s text and concepts. Our team’s goal is to make the article’s point as clearly and succinctly as possible.

Accession Number

AN

AN(1191505)

Search the unique database ID for articles and documents.

All Fields

ALL

ALL(orchestra)

ALL searches for keywords in the citation and abstract. It is a full record search, but does not include a search on the full text.

Author

AU

 

AU(Armitage-Smith, Julian)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author.

Broad Subject Headings

BSU

BSU(music history)

Use to search for a broad subject heading that has been applied to an article.

Character 

CHR 

CHR(Figaro)

Use to search for a character from an opera or other artistic work.

Country of Publication / Place of Publication

CP

CP(United Kingdom)
CP(London)

Use to search for where a publication was produced.

Company

ORG

 

ORG(Greek National Opera) 

Search for a company or other organizations featured prominently in an article.

Digital Object Identifiers

DOI

DOI(10.1007/s00180-010-0212-6)

Search for documents with DOIs using the DOI search.

Document Feature

DF

DF(Chart)

Use to search for features in an article such as charts, diagrams, musical scores, and photographs.

Document Number

AN

AN(1153476)

Searches both the ProQuest document ID (applied to all documents) and the 3rd party document ID (applied to some databases, such as PsycINFO).

Document Text

FT

FT(cello sonatas)

Search for keywords in the body of the article.

Document Title

TI

 

TI(rock)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.

Document Type

DType

DType(performance review)

Use this to find specific document types such as journal article, bibliographies, film reviews and musical notation.

ISSN

ISSN

 

ISSN(00014788)

This search field looks for the eight digit International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), where available. Hyphens are optional.

Issue

ISS

ISS(5)

Use to search the issue number of a resource.

Journal Subject

JSU 

JSU(opera)

This field searches for the subjects assigned to the journals themselves. 

Language

LA

LA(Spanish)

Use to locate the original language of the document.

Location

LOC

LOC(Austin)

Search for a specific geographic area or location.

Narrow Subject Heading

NSU

NSU(18th century)

Use to search for a narrow subject heading that has been applied to an article.

Person

PER

PER(Frank Sinatra)

Use to find articles about a person.

Publication Date

PD

PD(19871001)

Use to find a specific publication date.

Publication Title

PUB

 

PUB(rolling stone)

Use to search by a specific publication or publications.

Publication Year  

YR 

YR(2009)

Use to find a specific publication year.

Publisher

PB 

PB(Cambridge University Press)

Use to search by a specific publisher. 

Source type

SType

STYPE(newspapers)

Use to find a specific source type such as trade journals, newspapers, and scholarly journals.

Subject Heading(All)

SU

SU(music)

Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject. A search for the subject heading “music,” will find articles with the broad subjects "music history" and "popular music", as well as the narrow subjects "jazz musicians" and "musical works". To run an exact subject search where only “music” is retrieved and not subject terms that contain additional terms, search using EXACT.

SU.EXACT(music)

Tags

TAG

TAG(sax transcriptions)

Use to search for Tags attached to articles. This field is user generated and only searches Tags that were made public by ProQuest users.

Volume

VO

VO(100)

Use to search for the volume of a resource.