how to research 'reasons for the decline in music at local venues Vs the upsurge of music festivals'
A good place to work on this question would be the library databases.
Visit the library website at http://hunter.tafensw.edu.au/services%20and%20facilities/pages/libraries.aspx
and select the link to eResources.
At the top of the page you will see the alphabet - click on the letter for the databases you would like to try including:
E = EBSCO
P = Proquest Central
when selecting EBSCO you can select some sub-databases - choose Academic Search Complete, Australia/New Zealand Centre Plus, eBook Collection - then click continue.
You will get a search screen - enter your search terms (see below for ideas) and click search.
You can now limit your results further - left hand column on screen. Choose Full Text, also choose Geography (+show more to see full list of locations) and choose Australian places if you want to keep results to an Australian focus. You can also limit by material type if you want to.
For Proquest Central - similar process - Geography is called Location in this databases limiting features.
I would suggest breaking the question up into parts
music local venues
music festivals AND marketing
music festivals AND economic
music venues AND declilne
live music venues decline
another tip with search terms - when you do some searching - have a look at the database record for articles that look relevant - you will see subject headings that they article has been catalogued under. You can search the database with these subject headings and find similar articles.
I hope this is helpful for getting you started on your research. You can also try searching Google Scholar and using similar terms above.
If you would like to come in and spend some time with a librarian working further on search skills please don't hesitate to ring and book a time on 49699420 (Hamilton Campus Library) - or if you wanted to visit another TAFE Library the phone numbers are available here http://huntertafe.libguides.com/friendly.php?s=library-locations to book a time.
Hamilton Campus Library