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[ The Assignment: RILM ]

Music 1253 Worksheet no. 6
The Internet 1: RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
(Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)

RILM and Iter (studied in the next Worksheet number 7) are subscription databases. This means that only individuals logged into the Acadia University network can access these resources. Only limited access is possible using a dial-up connection.

If you are away from the University network, and want to use RILM and Iter, or any other subscription services from an external account, this is possible by using the Acadia Proxy Server. Instructions are available at the Vaughan Library site, in the VPN Installation (WindowsXP/Vista) section. [The user downloads and installs VPN software, then uses the Proxy connection that is part of this software. A link to these instructions is provided at the Library Music Subject Guide, Databases.]
Click here for the VPN Installation (WindowsXP/Vista) Instructions.

It is better to do Worksheet 6 online. Both the RILM and Iter portions concern the use of an online electronic database, so items may be easily cut and pasted in a www browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, between a window with the online database (RILM or Iter), and another window with the Worksheet. It is useful to have two windows open, one with the Worksheet, one with the online database. [To open a second window in Internet Explorer or Firefox, press Ctrl-N. In Firefox and new versions of Internet Explorer one can open a second tab and have both the Worksheet and the database available at the same time.]

[Important note: RILM does work in a marginal manner in Firefox, but because of the way scripts work in Firefox the user cannot mark individual items. The check shows in the box, but RILM is not aware that the items are checked. For this reason, it probably is better to use Internet Explorer for this assignment.]

To make saving longer items of information easier, these databases also offer the option of saving the information to files, or e-mailing the information to yourself.

RILM Online

Access to RILM online: To get to RILM online, one can use three methods:
  1. Use the links at the Vaughan Library, Music Subject Guide;
  2. Use the link at the Music 1253 ACME site;
  3. Go the Acadia Early Music Resources site. Take the following route:
    Music History Links — General Music Reference Sources — Online Electronic Indexes & Research Databases — RILM Abstracts of Music Literature access via Library Music Subject Guide [OCLC]

This should lead to the main OCLC FirstSearch entry to RILM: "RILM_Music_Abstracts Basic Search"


Search by putting your term into the boxes provided, labelled "Search in database".

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You will be looking for the name of a composer or, in a few cases, the name of another prominent musician or patron of music.

Since you wish to find articles about the person [i.e., not by the person], you will use the Keyword search.

To do this, simply place the name you wish to search into the box beside Keyword
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Once you have entered the person's name, you may find that you receive too few, or too many responses.
The responses often may be modified simply by adding or removing the person's first name.

In other words, if looking up, say Henry Purcell.

First, try: "Purcell". Click here to see image

Click on the Search button.

By entering only his last name, my search found 632 records. [Your search may be different, since the database will change daily.]

Try this search a slightly different way.

Click on the tab Searching.

Then try: "Henry Purcell" or "Purcell Henry" or "Purcell, Henry". [All three types of entry will get same results for this type of search.]

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By entering his first and last name, my search found 495 records. [Your search may be different, since the database will change daily.]
So the addition of the first name refined the search slightly.

Click here to see an image of the beginning of the List of Records of a search using "Purcell Henry".

Detailed Record:

A "Detailed Record" provides more information and other details about each item, not in the main citation (under "List of Records").
In most cases an Abstract (summary of contents for the item) is included with the Detailed Record.

To get the Detailed Record, Click on the highlighted Title of the item.

Click here to see an image of the beginning of the Detailed Record for the item The court Odes of Henry Purcell: An evaluation of his style from 1680-1695.

Note the Abstract included in the detailed entry.

Once in Detailed Records, you can return to short records by clicking on the Results: List of Records in the menu at the upper left of the screen.

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E-Mail Records:

To e-mail selected items to yourself (or to view only selected Detailed Records), click in the little box marked to the left of the number in the List of Records.
Then click on the E-mail button:     
In the e-mail screen, in the Send section, click to put a dot in the Marked Records circle; click to put a dot in the Detailed record(s) section box; select the Record format (HTML or plain text) that you want; fill in your e-mail address, and indicate other information in the Subject and Notes boxes.
Then click on the "Send" button. The contents of the marked records will arrive reasonably quickly as an e-mail message.

Boolean Searches:

You can limit the search by eliminating unwanted items, using the NOT command. This is useful in searches like the one for "Purcell Henry", where a large numbers of items are found. At the Search screen, try:


In the Keyword box.

My search found 450 records, less than the unlimited search, but still many. [Your search may be different, since the database will change daily.]

You can also limit the search by including wanted items, as in:


For this, my search found only 45 records, a managable number. [Your search may be different, since the database will change daily.]
Topics with definite focus yield more satisfactory results.

Advanced & Expert Searches:

Another way to limit searches is to click on the Advanced Search link, then use the boxes provided for Boolean searches, and put limits in the boxes and adjust the tabs in the second boxes (labelled Keyword when you start), to restrict items.

You even can use the Expert Search and fill in the Boolean search limits yourself in the box provided.

[The Library Code box (lower down on the screen) is used if you want the search to find only items in a certain library.]

Note that by checking the box beside Subscriptions held by my library (AUW, ACADIA UNIV LIBR) you can restrict the search to items found only in the Acadia Library. This is useful in two ways:

  1. The search will indicate items that can be obtained immediately in our library;
  2. By combining a search limited to the Acadia Library with a full search, the items not in the Acadia Library will be obtained by Inter-Library Loan (ILL); since every request to ILL must indicate that the usersearched first for the item in the Acadia Library, the RILM searches will save time by making a search in the Acadia Library catalogue unnecessary.

[Unfortunately RILM does not have a complete list of holdings at Acadia University, so such a search will be incomplete.]

Note: When you are finished working in any database such as RILM, it is very important that you Exit. This is because these are interactive databases; you are actually logged in at the host, in this case, OCLC.

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The Assignment:

  1. Using the RILM Abstracts of Music Literature online database, give, in the box below [or submitted separately], a Select Bibliography of TEN (or only as many that are available in RILM, if fewer) periodical articles concerning the musician whose name is assigned to you by the teacher of this course. Be very careful to include only periodical articles.

  2. NOTE: This Select Bibliography MUST be in the correct format for Bibliographies, as described in:

  3. Select (by checking the boxes to the left of each record number) the ten items chosen for question 1 (or as many that are available if fewer). [This will not work in Firefox.]

    Be sure the items checked are only periodical articles!

    E-mail the results for these ten [or less] items to yourself.

    When received, forward (by e-mail) this list of ten to the instructor (at cynthiabruce @ eastlink.ca).

  4. [This is one way to get the text of the items to put in your Select Bibliography.]


To keep this part of the worksheet interesting, each student in the class will be assigned a different name.

To ensure this, each student will select the name from the list below that begins with the same one, two, or three letters as the first one, two, or three letters of the student's last name.

Select as many letters as possible. If this is not successful, select another useful letter of the alphabet, closest to the correct letter. [For example, I would search for terms that begin Ca.... If this did not work, I would then search for a term beginning Ce... (etc.).]

Use the person's last name (family name), together with the given name(s).

The names to use are listed below. [The list was devised to allow for students registered when this Worksheet was revised. As additional students register in the course, more names to search will be added to this list. If there is not asuitable name for your search, please let the course instructor now so a suitable name to search can be added.]
Do not be surprised if your serach yields very few Records. The names on this list are selected so the RILM search will yield a limited number of Records. This is to keep the assignment managable.

Caution: For many older names there are alternate spellings. It is essential that you check these alternate spellings. To determine what these are, look up the name selected in www.grovemusic.com (Grove Music Online)

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[By the way, there is a normal print version of RILM Abstracts. There is also a similar print index, The Music Index, but without abstracts. These now are useful only for extremely thorough searches, as they cover more years than do the online versions.]

Possible Names:
Agostini, Pietro Simone
Aleotti, Raffaella
Allegri, Gregorio
Andreas de Florentia
Anerio, Felice
Arcadelt, Jacob
Barbireau, Jacques
Bedyngham, John
Bruck, Arnold von
Buonamente, Giovanni Battista
Burmeister, Joachim
Cambert, Robert
Carissimi, Giacomo
Cato, Diomedes
Chancy, François de
Clereau, Pierre
Colman [Coleman], Charles
Coppini, Alessandro
Giovanni Croce
Cutting, Francis
Davy, Richard
Dering, Richard
Dowland, John
Encina, Juan del
Farnaby, Giles
Fernández Hidalgo, Gutierre
Festa, Costanzo
Fioroni, Giovanni
Fontaine, Pierre
Gautier, Jacques
Giacobbi, Girolamo
Gombert, Nicholas
Greiter, Matthias
Gumpelzhaimer, Adam
Handl, Jacob
Hardel, Guillaume
Hayne van Ghizeghem
Hellinck, Lupus
Hothby, John
Hume, Tobias
Johannes de Sarto
Judenkünig, Hans
Kerle, Jacobus
L'Affilard, Michel
Lawes, Henry
Lobo, Alonso
Macque, Giovanni de
Malvezzi, Cristofano
Matteis, Nicola
Merbecke, John
Michael, Rogier
Milán, Luis de
Mortaro, Antonio
Mudarra, Alonso
Neidhart von Reuental
Neusidler, Hans
Norman, Barak
Orologio, Alessandro
Pallavicino, Benedetto
Parabosco, Girolamo
Paumann, Conrad
Pollarolo, Carlo Francesco
Power, Leonel
Prosdocimus de Beldemandis
Ravenscroft, Thomas
Redford, John
Richafort, Jean
Rigatti, Giovanni
Romero, Mateo
Rosseter, Philip
Ruffino d'Assisi
Sandrin, Pierre
Savioni, Mario
Schein, Johann Hermann
Schildt, Melchior
Simpson, Christopher
Smert, Richard
Spangenberg, Johann
Storace, Bernardo
Strozzi, Barbara
Tessier, Charles
Thibaut IV
Titelouze, Johan
Tollius, Jan
Tudway, Thomas
Van den Gheyn
Vitali, Giovanni Battista
Weerbeke, Gaspar van
Widmann, Erasmus
Whythorne, Thomas
Wilbye, John
Zoilo, Annibale

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Put your Select Bibliography in the box below. [The box will scroll to make room for extra text.]


Check to ensure that you have answered all questions.
Make sure you have entered your name at the top of the Worksheet.
When you are sure that the answers on your Worksheet are correct, submit the answers by clicking on the Submit button below.

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Last updated: 7 September 2007.  
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