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MUTH 380: Research Methods in the Performing Arts

Search by Research Method or Approach

Include the type of method you want as one of your keywords. These words are often located in the article abstract.

  • interview
  • survey or questionnaire
  • ethnography
  • qualitative
  • quantitative
  • document analysis
  • mixed methods
  • literature review

Databases in the Performing Arts

Covers journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries, with selective articles full-text
Fundamental research tool for the humanities - over 4000 international journals in the humanities.
Index to historiographic, ethnographic and musicological information from over 700 international music periodicals, as well as books and recordings, and performance reviews. Publication coverage: 1970 - present (some backfile indexing for 1962-1969)
Comprehensive, scholarly, international index to music literature, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz. Publication coverage: 1967 - present. Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 simultaneous user limit)

Interdisciplinary Journal Databases

Academic Search Complete: multi-disciplinary and includes peer-reviewed articles, as well as grey literature such as reports and conference proceedings.

Google Scholar: Apply Boolean operators and the option to limit a keyword or phrase to the title: e.g. intitle:Indigenous research method* OR approach*

JSTOR (ejournal archive to entire "backrun" of many core academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law, from v. 1 to within 2-5 years of current volume).

Project MUSE (initially a joint project of the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at JHU, providing digital humanities and social sciences content since 1995 from leading university presses and scholarly societies)

Other Related Databases

Sage Research Methods is an online collection of more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos. Individual titles are searchable in Omni or your can browse or search within the collection.  A deep and comprehensive resource for those seeking information on research methodologies in the social sciences.

Education Source

With over 2000 titles, the world's largest collection of full-text education journals. It includes both professional journals that support classroom practice and scholarly research journals that report on studies in the field of education.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) 

A database of citations with abstracts related to teaching and research in education complemented by links to more than 200,000 full-text non-journal documents. Coverage includes: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and other education-related materials.  

Journal Citation

How to analyze a journal citation

Lockwood, Lewis.  "Performance and "authenticity"." Early music 19.4 (November 1991): 501-506.

The citation refers to an article in a journal.

Tip: Search Omni by Journal Search to see if Queen's Library subscribes to the journal early music.  Omit initial articles (the, an, a), if any.  Ignore punctuation and case.