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Music Research E-mail Challenge

This guide structures and supports the music research skills e-mail challenge

Welcome to Day 5 of the Music Research Challenge!

Congratulations, you've made it to the end of the Music Research E-mail Challenge!

Today, we'll find Open Access and alternative resources that can help support and round our your research!

Let's get started!


What is Open Access?

According to Dylan Mohr, Syracuse University Libraries Open Scholarship Librarian, "Open access (OA) refers to freely available digital information that is published online. It is a publishing model that exists alongside sales-based publishing models, and it can refer to books, articles or other content that you encounter in scholarly research and teaching."


Let's start with Summon! 

1. Open up a Summon search by clicking the link below the big blue box on the library homepage or following this link. 

2. Find the box that says "limit to" and check Open Access items only

Screenshot of the summon search with open access items circled

3. Search for your topic of interest!

Pro tip: save interesting articles by clicking the bookmark on the right side of each record then click the bigger bookmark on the upper right side of the page to see a list that you can export, print, or email to yourself - with links! You can even choose your preferred citation format for your selected resources. 

Screenshot of list of resources from an email sent by summon


4. To receive concert credit send 5 selected resources to Amanda DuBose by e-mail! 

Other Resources to Explore:

  • The Digital Commons Network: Free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide, including Syracuse University, and includes peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work. 
  • Humanities Commons: Wide reaching repository of articles, monographs, course materials, white papers, conference papers, code, and digital projects.

Bonus Challenge: OA Buttons

Bonus Challenge: Install the Open Access Button or Unpaywall browser extension, or both! 


"Conductor Bows" by timailius is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.


Congratulations, Take a Bow!

You've completed the Music Research Challenge! It's been a delight to spend this week with you. We hope you found these activities useful and thought provoking for your work at the Syracuse University and beyond. Keep in touch!