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ARTH 290B: Music Video and American Visual Art: Accessing Materials Online

This guide was created to support the students enrolled in Dr. Cowan's Music Video and American Visual Art course, Fall 2021.

Searching DePauw's Online Catalog

Screenshot of DePauw's Music Library Homepage, displaying Discovery Search

[alt text: screenshot of DePauw's Music Library Homepage, displaying Discovery Search]


Search Strategically

Make the most of your search and search strategically:

  • Search for materials that are available digitally (i.e. eBooks, eMusic, etc)
  • Do a quick scan for background information
  • Create a list of concepts and keywords relevant to your search topic
  • Group those concepts together or combine different concepts
  • Use terminology and facts learned from your background information
  • Look at the bibliographies of resources that you like If you like their ideas, who inspired them?
  • Make sure you evaluate while searching: 
    • Where is this information coming from?
    • Is the source biased? Scholarly? Dated?

Directly Explore our eBook Collections

Acquiring Remote Access

  • If the Music Library has a physical item and you would like to find out if we can get an digital version, email me ( with your request. 
  • Requests for articles, book chapters, and portions of scores (e.g., a movement, a song, a part) that can be made available via remote access, will still be processed.
  • Not all items are available for libraries to purchase as a digital resource, but we will find out what is and is not available.
  • Please reach out if you have any requests or questions.

Refine Your Search With Filters

Use the built-in filters to refine your search. In addition to keywords or subject headings, make sure to pay attention to:

  • Location
  • Format (search for accessible content; i.e. downloadable article, eMusic, eBook, etc.)
  • Content Type (search for accessible content; i.e. downloadable article, eMusic, eBook, etc.)
  • Publication Year
  • Author/Creator
  • Subject
  • Databases
  • Language

Selecting and Using Keywords