Starting your search for sources, part 1: Creating a list of search terms/keywords
Once you identify an artist or style to research for this class's project, the next thing you’ll need to get started is a few keywords to help you search for background information on your topic(s) to help you find relevant sources. Try to describe the topic you'd like to explore in 1-2 sentences - what keywords come to mind?
Aim for making a list of about 6-8 keywords associated with your topic. These can include key artists, genres, names of songs or albums, or any other words that you think of. These keywords will give you something to start searching for in the resources we discussed in class.
And don’t be afraid to revise your list of keywords as you go along! The more you learn about your topic, the more refined your keywords will become – which will help you to find additional useful sources as you continue to search.
Starting your search for sources, part 2: Where should you start looking?
The Libraries catalog and databases are the best place to get started to find books, scholarly journal articles, scores, recordings with metadata (like who's performing and when the performance took place) and liner notes you can trust, and more! These materials are all free to you as a University of Minnesota student and by using them, you'll find more relevant and trustworthy content than you'd find by using Google.
The tabs on this guide provide information on searching for different types of sources, and the resources below will help you to get started.