Stefano Flavoni: Microfilm/Microfiche

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Two classes ago, we ventured into the microfilm section of Doe.  As someone who collected copies of the Wall Street Journal growing up, I had a huge appreciation for the ease in apprehension of research materials.  That being said, the only articles I was able to find relating to my topic were concert reviews and Shostakovich’s obituary.  To improve my yield, I went to the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library, where they also have a collection of Microfilm/Microfiche for use.  I struck gold with Microfilm  “MICROFILM AA3953“, a thesis titled “The reception in America of Dmitri Shostakovich, 1928-1946″. 

While this is obviously a very long and well-researched source (considering it is a PhD thesis with a full bibliography), this was more helpful to me in that I now know that there are plenty of alternatives to the typical research locations for musical topics hidden in the upper floor of the music library.  However, the difficulty in getting through such an extensive resource without an index or searching mechanism designed into microfilm makes it prohibitive to use without an extensive amount of time to go through the whole paper.

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