Friday, February 27, 2009
The online version of Colin Larkin's 10-volume The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition is available through Oxford Music Online. Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, it features a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. The Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system. Check it out here.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
by Declan McCullagh
President Obama is continuing to fill the senior ranks of the U.S. Department of Justice with the copyright industry's favorite lawyers.
Donald Verrilli announced Wednesday that he had been named associate deputy attorney general. Verrilli is the lawyer who pulled the plug on Grokster, sued Google on behalf of Viacom, and represented the Recording Industry Association of America against a Minnesota woman named Jammie Thomas who's accused of illicit file sharing. more
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Controlled vocabulary is the words and phrases used by a subject specialist when creating subject headings for an article, document, or book for a specific index or catalog. For example, the books in Oberlin's library collection are assigned subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Articles listed in Music Index, JSTOR and other are given subject headings by subject specialists, or indexers. These subject headings are then listed in a thesaurus designed for that database. This is meant to provide consistency and order in the chosen words and phrases. If you don't know what the proper subject heading is, try a WORD search in OBIS, select a promising bibliographic record, and then click on the subject to find other like items. Voilà!!