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JOUR 3520 - Special Topics: Music Journalism (Matheson): Home

Library resources helpful for researching stories.

Online Resources

Library Databases

Walker Library maintains subscriptions to several online databases that may be helpful. When accessing these resources from off campus, you may be required to enter your Pipeline or MTMail username/password.

Free Resources on the Web

  • RoJaRo: "The world's largest alternative music magazine index"
    RoJaRo is an index only and does not provide access to the full text of articles. If you need help locating a copy of an article listed in RoJaRo, please contact Grover Baker.

Local Newspapers

Nashville and the middle Tennessee area have been served through the years by two primary newspapers, The Tennessean and the Nashville Banner. The Daily News Journal is Murfreesboro's daily paper.

The Tennessean
The Tennessean, Nashville and middle Tennessee's current daily morning newspaper, can be searched and accessed through Walker Library in several ways:

The Nashville Banner
The Nashville Banner, which ceased publication in 1998, was Nashville and middle Tennessee's daily afternoon newspaper.

  • Back issues, from February 1880 through December 1997, are on microfilm and may be found on the 2nd Floor in the Maker Space.

The Daily News Journal
The Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro's current daily newspaper, can be searched and accessed through Walker Library in several ways:

  • Current hard copy (print) issues are kept in the Periodicals Lounge located on the 1st Floor
  • Back issues, dating back to July 1931, are on microfilm and may be found on the 2nd Floor in the Maker Space.
  • Search full text articles from February 12, 1999 to present online:

Other Publications

Back issues of these three publications may be viewed at the Center for Popular Music, located on the 1st floor of the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.

Pollstar and PollstarPro

Pollstar is the the concert and touring industry's leading trade publication, with a new issue published weekly. Current and back issues, from June 2003 to present, are located in the Periodicals section on the 1st floor of Walker Library.

PollstarPro is an online database providing all of the content found in the Pollstar weekly issues, including tour schedules, concert ticket sales, music industry contact directories, and trade news. Walker Library has a single-user subscription, so only one person can be logged into the library's account at a time, and the database may only be used within the library. Ask for the username/password at the Reference Desk.

The Center for Popular Music has two additional logins for PollstarPro. Ask Center staff for assistance.

Visual & Performing Arts Librarian