Answered By: Joanna Wilson Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017 Views: 40
Library Search is the best starting point for information on a particular music topic.
However, you may also also wish to explore one of the Library’s specialist databases. These bring together journal articles or other sources, in a particular discipline.
All our databases can be reached via the Library’s resources page at http://www.salford.ac.uk/library/access-to-e-resources
The following databases are recommended for music topics.
Box of Broadcasts - a huge collection of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK. It’s a great resource for documentaries on all aspects of music, as well as recordings of performances, reviews and critical opinion.
Grove Music Online - a definitive resource for music research, it has comprehensive coverage of classical music and music theory, but it’s useful for all genres including popular music and jazz.
Performing Arts Periodicals database articles on all aspects of performance, including music.
JSTOR – full text academic journal resource; very good for music.
Rock’s Backpages – gives full text access to classic rock and pop magazine articles going back to the 1960s.
Other Library sources that may be helpful -
Academic Search Premier – general full text journal article resource.
Alexander Street Press – provides video recordings on a wide variety of topics. Use the Discipline tab to select music. Content includes performances, interviews and documentaries. Although there isn’t a large amount of music material, it can be worth checking, particularly for classical music.
Arts & Humanities Full Text - titles include both scholarly peer-reviewed journals and selected trade and consumer titles relevant to cultural topics. Subject strengths include music, theatre, film and cultural studies.
British Library Sounds –some classical, jazz, world and traditional music, within a huge archive of sound recordings of all kinds.
Business Source Premier – general full text journal article resources, very good for articles on the Music business.
IEEE Xplore – electronics database, useful for full text articles on music technology.
Nexis – full text press articles from regional and international newspapers and magazines. Very useful for music reviews. (Because it provides full content from newspapers around the world, you need to be quite specific in your search. This blog tells you how).
Useful free sources –
There is wealth of information on the internet, just remember to evaluate what you find carefully. These are just a starting point -
Google Scholar – good for academic information in almost all subject areas
AllMusic - the latest news and views, covering a wide range of music genres
Sound & Music – a charity supporting those making new music in the UK, especially young people. The website contains some useful information and resources.