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Accessing the database
Let's say you want to
find details of Dave Laing's classic book on the subject.
1. Is it already there?
Before submitting a new entry, try, using any of the Search methods explained above, to CHECK IF YOUR NEW ENTRY ALREADY EXISTS IN THE DATABASE.
Your new entry is in the database but the details are wrong or incomplete
If you have editing permission, go ahead and edit! If you don't have editing permission, please use the Message part of this form. In the form's Message section please enter the word CORRECTION, followed by the correct bibliographical details of the work in question. Please also fill in your name and email address; then press Send.
If you want to help by becoming a certified database contributor and/or editor, click here. Just use the form's Message section to state your willingness to help, adding a very brief description of your popular music studies specialities and of your language skills.
Adding a new item to the databaseitia
2.1. Appending: essential initial steps
2.2 Appending a single-work volume [>Multiple]
Here is a typical single-entry volume append form:
Please note the following points.
1. The top line confirms the name and email of the contributor (Karl Marx). Karl's also told he's dealing with a single-work volume. He thinks that all sounds good... Anyhow, at least the book's shorter than Das Kapital. "Still", thinks Karl, "xiv+898 pages is not short either."
2. Karl enters the author name[s]: family name first, comma, first name. Then he selects the function 'Author' rather than 'Editor' or 'Tranlsator' because Karl's research suggests that Philip Tagg and Bob Clarida were primarily responsible for writing the book even though "[e]diting was over half of the work", according to Tagg.
3. The volume
is a book (select) that is published (select) and written in English (select).
4.Just enter the title of the book here.
5.Just enter the name of the publishers here.
6. Publication country. This info is for IASPM bibliography administration purposes only. Why? Because entry vetting work is shared between people with responsibility for different parts of the world.
7. 7a and 7b are more often than not the same year. However, if you're not entering details for the first edition of the book, year 7a is almost certainly going to be earlier than year 7b. Both years need filling in even if they're identical.
8. Just enter the name of the publishers.
9. Enter the total number of pages in the book. If, as in the example shown, there is a preface or forward with roman page numbers, enter those as roman numerals, followed by a plus, followed by the number of pages in the book proper (the latter in arabic numerals of course). Life is much simpler if there is no roman numeral pagination, of course.
10. It's user-friendly to put in a few keywords. That makes subjects easier for others to search. You don't need to put in translations of works in English, French or Spanish but they are useful (in one of those languages) for texts in other languages.
2.3 Appending a multiple-work volume [>Single]
Next follows a typical multiple-work volume append form. Here the idea is to do as little work as possible. That's why you only once have to enter the bibliographical details that apply to the whole volume. After the first entry to the multiple-work volume you just concentrate only on what is different. The only variable elements when entering works belonging to a multiple-work volume are Author[s], Title of article, Start and End pages and Keywords (plus translation and/or abstract, if applicable). Although it might occasionally be necessary to change 'Original production year', everything else stays the same until you've entered the last work in the volume.
In what follows here, I'm entering data about articles in the Canadian universities music journal Intersections from 2008. .
When I finish entering the variable data for this particular article ('work'), I press 'Save this data'. That brings up the same data again so that all I need to do for the next entry in the volume is to change the author, title and page details.
I repeat the exercise until I've finished all the articles in the volume. Then I press "CLOSE THIS VOLUME" at the bottom right of the screen. Voilà.