Thursday, February 16, 2012

Flashlight on George Clinton

There are lots of names associated with George Clinton, who receives an honorary degree from Berklee this week. There are the band names: Parliament, Funkadelic, P-Funk All-Stars. There are his numerous alter egos and titles such as Dr. Funkenstein, Starchild and the Nasty & Complete Minister of All Funkadelia. He has appeared on albums by artists such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Outkast.

How do you find it all in our collection, and how do you distinguish his work from that of film composer George S. Clinton? You may be in the habit of using Quick Search on the library home page or a general keyword search, but in case you'll get some false hits such a Bing Crosby compilation to which someone named George and someone else named Clinton contributed. This instance demonstrates the value of using "Starts with..." in our catalog. By searching for the name "Clinton, George" under "Starts with..." you'll get a link to the items that the Supereme Maggot Overlord himself contributed and leave out all the other Georges and Clintons.

Getting to know the tools the library provides can save you time by getting you straight to the good stuff and leaving the irrelevant information aside.

And one final tip: if you want to find materials about George Clinton rather than by him, search his name as a subject and you'll find George Clinton and P-Funk: An Oral History by David Mills (ML420.C556 M5 1998).

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