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Popular entertainment research : how to do it and how to use it
Pruett, Barbara J., 1942-2010.
Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1992.
Physical Description:
xii, 581 pages ; 23 cm
The mystery of the research process -- The art of interviewing -- Tools of the information age : computers and database searching -- Small town research -- General entertainment reference resources -- Theater research -- Popular music and recorded sound research -- Film research -- Broadcast research (television, radio, and video) -- The fan element : collectors and collecting -- Research resources in Great Britain.
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PN1576 .P78 1992 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Tells how to do research in film and television, the theater, popular music, and recorded sound.

Author Notes

Barbara Pruett ( M.L.S., California State, San Jose) is a librarian, researcher, and writer. In the early 1970s she was head of the Information/Research Center for Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers before taking a position as head of Catholic University's Social Sciences Library. Active in the library profession for many years, she has served two terms on ALA's Council and worked on a number of committees. She is the author of Fast Cars and Country Music, a bibliography of Marty Robbins (Scarecrow, 1990).

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Pruett, author of a bibliography on country music star Marty Robbins (1990), guides researchers through the maze of general reference sources on broadcast media, film, theater, and pop music. Each chapter contains an annotated list of select reference materials published before 1990 that emphasize a basic educational understanding of each field, current facts, a directory, and a selective list of periodicals. Novice researchers will find the lengthy but excellent introduction on research methodology extremely useful, and librarians will welcome Pruett's emphasis on database searching. However, the chapters are so broad that quick or easy access to useful tools for a particular genre (e.g., blues music) is impossible; novices will wander through numerous peripheral sources before locating those works that focus on the topic. Overall, Pruett updates and expands Marian Whalon's Performing Arts Research (CH, Jul'77), Don Wilmeth's American and English Popular Entertainment (CH, Jul'80), and Anthony Slide's Sourcebook for the Performing Arts (1988). Recommended for all medium-large academic and public libraries. A. J. Adam; Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University