Detail of a 78 rpm analog record (ca. 1917) from the Music Library's Special Collections (M78-368)
The Internet is crammed with so much information that it can be dizzying to find exactly what you're looking for. Furthermore, there is always the risk that a lot of what a Google search pulls up isn't particularly reliable, accurate, or up-to-date. For your convenience Music Library staff have hand-picked and compiled a portfolio filled with interesting and informative online resources that will help you with your next term paper, performance, or simply for your personal enjoyment. We’ve included not only annotated lists of our subscription databases and e-journals, but hundreds of valuable, open access (aka free!) sources so you may access all the online resources from our catalog in one place.
What you’ll find:
Open Access Databases
Organized by subject or resource type are numerous open access databases from a variety of notable sources, including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and the British Library. Available on these databases are a wide range of resource types, such as sheet music (International Music Score Library Project), sound collections (The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection at Stanford University), dictionaries (Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary), and much more.
Open Access E-Journals
It is hard to ignore that many newspapers, magazines, and journals are eschewing print in favor of digital publication. Despite their presence online, most of these publications can only be accessed through paid subscriptions. However, there are many scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that can be accessed free of charge. We've selected several to showcase here, which encompass a wide variety of music-related subjects. Browse through such diverse titles as Ntama: Journal of African Music and Pop Culture, Voices: a World Forum for Music Therapy, Popular Entertainment Studies, and many more.
Subscription Databases (UArts Only)
Unlike the above resources, the databases in this section are available to current UArts students, faculty, and staff. They include numerous audio collections (including, but not limited to, Naxos Music Library and Music Online (Alexander Street Press), where you can listen to old favorites or discover new ones (and, unlike Youtube, you will never encounter ads or poor quality recordings). A number of reference sources are also available, including those at African American Song and Oxford Music Online, which include scholarly essays, biographies, and more. If accessing any of the databases off-campus, you will be required to log in with your UArts email information.
Subscription E-Journals (UArts Only)
In the final section is a list of online journals we subscribe to. Titles include (but definitely not limited to!) Computer Music Journal, Eric Nemeyer's Jazz Inside, and Journal of Research in Music Education. A vast majority of these journals are also available, in print, at the Music Library, in case you grow tired of looking at a backlit screen.
New! Subject Guides
As much as the Internet can provide a wealth of information, there's still a vast amount of knowledge that cannot be found on a wesbite or in an e-book. Therefore, we have included this section of highly recommended resources that you can find on the shelves in the Music Library (although, admittedly, we've included some online resources, too). If you need help to kick-start your research, this is a good place to start.
Note: This section is still in its infancy, so keep checking back as we continue to add new guides.