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A guide for patrons seeking resources for music research and performance at the University of Oregon Libraries.

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UO LibrarySearch - Find articles, books, and more

LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for finding books and other media that combines the collections of UO Libraries and Summit libraries.

Finding UO Recital Recordings

Looking for recordings of degree recitals by UO students?  Use the Advanced Search interface in LibrarySearch, and search the name of the performer (if you know it), or try the phrase "University of Oregon degree recitals" in the title field to see all recordings.

CDs of UO recital recordings from the past five years are available for checkout in the Douglass Room on the 3rd floor of Knight Library.  Recordings older than five years are archived in Special Collections and University Archives on the 2nd floor of Knight Library.

Music Research Tools

Spring 2020 Trial Database Access

The UO Libraries often will set up free short-term trial access to databases for faculty and students to try them out and see if they are resources we will want to purchase or subscribe to.  During Spring Term 2020, we are running many more database trials than usual in order to increase the number of online resources available to support remote teaching and learning, and in most cases, the database vendors have granted trial access for the duration of the term.  You can view the full list of current database trials here.  

We currently have trial access to the following music databasesNote: you must have the UO VPN client turned on in order to access the trial content.

Digital Score Collections

  • BabelScoresBabelScores is an online library of over 210,000 contemporary scores from the last 40 years, available for study, purchase, or rental. BabelScores looks into and selects the works of the most creative, original and innovative composers of the past few decades, offering a wide catalogue and setting up a powerful circulation platform addressed to instrumentalists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, musicologists, conservatories, universities and festivals throughout the world.  Access expires: 05/07/2020
  • Music and Dance Online (Academic): Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. Access expires: 06/23/2020
    • Includes Music Online: Classical Scores Library
  • Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO): A-R Editions has published Recent Researches in Music—critical performing editions of music in seven series—since its inception in 1962. The series fall into two basic categories: editions that span the history of Western music, and editions with ties to specific cultural milieus. Most editions in Recent Researches in Music are devoted to works by a single composer or in a single genre. Access expires: 05/29/2020

Streaming Audio & Video Collections

  • AM Explorer: Access to full suite of Adams Matthew database collections, including Ethnomusicology Global Field Recordings.  Produced in collaboration with the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive and University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archive, the material in this collection includes thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence and ephemera from over 60 fields of study.  Access expires: 07/02/2020
  • AVON (Academic Video Online): Academic Video Online is the most comprehensive video subscription available to libraries. It delivers ~ 68,000 titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including anthropology, business, counseling, film, health, history, music, and more.  Access expires: 05/01/2020
  • Music and Dance Online (Academic): Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. Access expires: 06/23/2020
  • ​​OnTheBoards.tv: Full-length, high quality contemporary performance films produced by On the Board Theater in Seattle, streamed to your TV, desktop or mobile device. We are one of the first contemporary performance organizations to begin filming works by top caliber artists with multiple high-definition cameras, collaboratively editing the films with the artists, and delivering feature-length performance films to audiences around the globe. Fans of contemporary performance have better access to artists they want to see regardless of where they live and their busy schedules, at affordable prices. Since then, we have launched 60 performance films, with seven more on the way, by 42 different artists representing the Pacific Northwest, New York, Australia, Germany, France, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Belgium, Montreal, and more. We have filmed performances in our Seattle home at On the Boards theater, in Portland with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, in Austin with the Fusebox Festival and in New York with Performance Space. Access expires: 05/09/2020

  • Sage Research Methods Video: SAGE Research Methods Video includes hours of tutorials, interviews, video case studies, and mini-documentaries covering the entire research process. Find videos made with expert researchers from leading research institutions, your favorite SAGE authors, great teachers, and more. Music coverage includes popular music, music technology, new music, and data-driven instruments. Access expires: 06/25/2020

  • Sage Video in Practice: SAGE Video showcases highly relevant educational video across key social science disciplines. Each collection includes a breadth of video types to support diverse research and learning needs. All videos are fully citable with searchable transcripts, custom clip creation and embedding. Music coverage includes music therapy and music journalism. Access expires: 06/25/2020

Digital Reference Collections

  • MGG OnlineDie Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music. MGG is encyclopedic in the true sense of that term: i t offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literatu re, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions. Access expires: 05/31/2020
  • Music and Dance Online (Academic): Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. Access expires: 06/23/2020
    • Includes the following reference collections: 
      • Music Reference Collection
      • Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection
  • Recent Researches in Music Online (RRIMO): A-R Editions has published Recent Researches in Music—critical performing editions of music in seven series—since its inception in 1962. The series fall into two basic categories: editions that span the history of Western music, and editions with ties to specific cultural milieus. Most editions in Recent Researches in Music are devoted to works by a single composer or in a single genre. Access expires: 05/29/2020
  • RILM Music Encyclopedias (ProQuest Access): RILM Music Encyclopedias is a continually expanding curated full-text collection that currently comprises 57 titles published from 1775 to the present. Its content spans various fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and theory, with focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers. Access expires: 05/31/2020

  • RILM Music Encyclopedias (EBSCO Access): RILM Music Encyclopedias is a continually expanding curated full-text collection that currently comprises 57 titles published from 1775 to the present. Its content spans various fields and subject areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology and theory, with focus on topics ranging from popular music, opera, instruments, blues and gospel, to recorded music and women composers. Access expires: 06/30/2020

Journal Article Collections

  • Jazz Periodicals (RIPM): An essential, unique collection of American Jazz Periodicals, of great importance to any lover of jazz and its history, and a primary source reference and research tool for all libraries. Access expires: 05/31/2020
  • Music and Dance Online (Academic): Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. Access expires: 06/23/2020
    • Includes the following journal collections:
      • Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

      • Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection

  • ​​RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals: The RIPM Archive consists of original volumes, reprints, microforms and photocopies of music periodicals from the 18th-20th centuries, collected initially for indexing. Also contained in the Archive are periodicals scanned by RIPM from the collections of Partner or Participating Libraries. Access expires: 05/31/2020

  • University of California Press Journals: In recognition of the impact of coronavirus on campus instruction and the rise of unplanned distance learning, University of California Press is pleased to make all of our online journals content free to all through June 2020. Music titles include: 19th-Century Music, The Journal of Musicology, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Sound and Music in Games, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and Resonance: The Journal of Sound and CultureAccess expires: 06/30/2020

E-Book Collections​

  • Bloomsbury Digital Resources: DRM free, unlimited concurrent user access eBook platform with over 9,000 titles, including the Bloomsbury Popular Music collection.  Access expires: 06/12/2020
  • Cambridge Companions Online: Cambridge Companions are a series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods. Includes Cambridge Companions to Music series. Access expires: 05/31/2020
  • Cambridge Histories Online: Cambridge Histories is the essential reference collection spanning 350 volumes in 10 subject areas, including Cambridge History of Music series. Access expires: 05/31/2020
  • e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection: Duke University Press is an academic publisher of books and journals across humanities, social sciences, and more. Music coverage includes ethnomusicology, jazz, popular music, and sound studies. Access expires: 06/24/2020
  • JSTOR Books: Books at JSTOR offers around 35,500 ebooks from renowned scholarly publishers, integrated with journals and primary sources on JSTOR’s easy-to-use platform. For a full list of music titles, click here.  Access expires: 06/30/2020
  • Music and Dance Online (Academic): Music and Dance Online delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content to support the teaching and research of music. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. Access expires: 06/23/2020
    • Includes the following collections:
      • Music Online: Listening [UO already subscribes to this]

      • Music Video Collection

      • Music Reference Collection

      • Music Online: Classical Scores Library

      • Music Online: Music Periodicals of the 19th Century

      • Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume I [UO already subscribes to this]

      • Dance Online: Dance in Video, Volume II

      • Dance Online: Dance Studies Collection

  • Very Short Introductions: Discover a new topic or subject with these intelligent and serious introductions written by authors who are experts in their field. Music titles listed here. Access expires: 06/12/2020

Finding music books and scores at UO

The UO Libraries are home to a large collection of books about music and printed music for performance and study, which are located on the 3rd floor of Knight Library.  To find out whether the library owns the book or score you're looking for, as well as its call number and availability, use our online catalog, LibrarySearch.  Be sure to log in with your Duck ID so that you will see complete search results.

Using the Advanced Search option will allow you to combine multiple search terms (such as author & title), and to specify the material type (such as score or book) and search scope (which can be limited to search only in the Music Collection.)  This will help you cut out unrelated search results and find what you want more efficiently.

Advanced Search Query for a score.


Finding music books and scores at other libraries

WorldCat

WorldCat is a large database of material held by libraries all over the world.  If you can't find something you need at UO or another Summit library, you may be able to find it at another library by searching WorldCat.  There are two ways to search WorldCat:

  1. In the Advanced Search interface in LibrarySearch, look for the link to "WorldCat" in the upper right part of the page, and click the link to enter the WorldCat database.
  2. Enter WorldCat from the UO Libraries' A-Z list of databases.

If you find something you're looking for in WorldCat, you can request that it be delivered to UO for you to use by placing an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request.  You can do that within the WorldCat interface, or through the ILLIAD portal on the UO Libraries homepage.  ILL requests can take between 5 and 15 days to arrive, depending on the availability of the physical item being requested from another library.  You can also use ILL to request journal articles that UO doesn't have; these requests usually take only a few days, as requested articles are sent electronically.

Streaming Audio & Video

UO also subscribes to several streaming audio databases that allow you to listen online, create playlists and examples, and read liner notes:


Recordings at UO

The UO Libraries have a large collection of audio recordings on CD, LP (vinyl), and cassette, housed in the Douglass Room on the 3rd floor of Knight Library.  Patrons may check recordings out of the library to take home, or may listen to them in the library at the listening carrels in the Douglass Room.

Use the Advanced Search interface in LibrarySearch to narrow down the material type to "Audio & Video" when searching:

Advanced search query for a recording, searching by musician's name

 

When you see your search results, you will also see facets on the left that allow you to filter by specific audio format.  For example, to see only CDs, click the "Audio CDs" facet:

Refining audio search results to filter by audio format.

 

You can also search for the title of the composition.  If the composition has an opus number or other type of composer number (such as BWV for Bach or K. for Mozart), search for that as the title-- this is particularly useful for searching for works with genre- or form-based titles such as concertos and sonatas, where you might get a lot of results for things you don't want if you just search the composer and title alone.

Advanced search query for a recording using composer and opus number

 

Streaming Video Resources for Music

The UO Libraries subscribe to a number of online streaming video databases that are accessible to UO faculty, students, and staff.  Several of these databases focus specifically on music content; others have more general video content but include documentaries or instructional films about music.  In some cases, you can use LibrarySearch to find individual streaming videos from these databases, while other databases only allow users to search in the database interface itself.  The list below provides direct links to the databases with the most music-specific content.


Finding Music-Related Videos

The UO Libraries hold over 14,000 videos in a variety of formats, including DVD, VHS tapes, laserdiscs, 16 mm films, and streaming video.  UO's video collection includes music-related content ranging from operas, rock/pop concert performances, masterclasses, instructional videos, and ballets and other dance performances with live music.  For a more detailed overview of how to search for video content in the UO Libraries, see the research guide Finding Videos & Films.

To find music-related video content in our physical video collection, try an advanced search in LibrarySearch, limiting the Material Type to "Audio & Video", and trying one or more of the following Subject headings:

  • Operas
  • Operas--Television adaptions
  • Ballets
  • Jazz
  • Concert films
  • Documentary films
  • Rock music
  • Popular music
  • Music--Instructional
  • Music--Instruction and study

When your search results appear, use the filters on the left side of the LibrarySearch interface to further limit Material Type to DVDs, Videocassettes, or eVideo (streaming video). 

We have a number of databases for searching for articles about music in scholarly research journals and trade publications.  Many of these databases provide full-text article downloads, but some supply only the bibliographic citation for the article and an abstract (summary) of the contents.  You can use the FindText button to see if UO has a copy of a cited article, and to place an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) request for articles we don't have and which don't have electronic full-text access.  Journal articles requested through ILL are sent as electronic scans, and are usually fulfilled in a few days.

Databases Focused on Music

Databases in Related Disciplines

Broad Interdisciplinary Databases

Dissertations, Theses, & Senior Projects by UO Students

You can search for doctoral dissertations, masters theses, and senior thesis projects by UO students within LibrarySearch; this is particularly useful if you are looking for a document older than 1996, or if you are looking for something with an audio or video component.  To find graduate theses & dissertations and undergraduate honors theses by UO students, use the Advanced Search option in LibrarySearch, and search the phrase "University of Oregon theses School of Music" as the title, with the search scope limited to UO Libraries.  To find DMA lecture documents, search the same way but using the phrase "University of Oregon lecture documents" in the title field.  To find recordings of degree recitals, search the phrase "University of Oregon degree recitals" in the title field.

Below are some databases that offer citation and full-text access to more recent theses and dissertations by UO students:


Dissertations and Theses from Other Institutions

How to read music call numbers

Music books and scores in the UO Libraries have call numbers based in the Library of Congress classification system, which groups together books on similar topics and scores for similar performing forces.  This lets you browse the shelves and find similar items near each other on the shelf-- a useful way to find more books on a topic you're researching, or more music for your instrument or ensemble.

Each call number is made up of component parts:

Sample call number What it means:
An example of a call number for a book:
ML Sub-classification = music literature
197 Specific topic = music history & criticism, 1901-2000; read as a whole number
.L66 The first letter of the author's last name, and a number that sorts them alphabetically among other authors with the same last initial; read the number decimally
2009 Year of publication

 

An example of a call number for a score:
Sample call number What it means:
M Sub-classification = printed music
23 Instrumentation = piano sonata; read as whole number
.B416 The first letter of the composer's last name, and a number that sorts them alphabetically among other composers with the same last initial; read the number decimally
op. 27 The opus number or composer work number
no. 2 The number of the specific piece within the opus
1971 Year of publication

 

There are three sub-classification areas for music call numbers, which can help you know where to start browsing:

  • call numbers starting with M:  printed music (i.e., scores and performing parts)
  • call numbers starting with ML:  music literature (including history, biographies, dictionaries, and musicological works)
  • call numbers starting with MT:  books on music instruction and study (includes music theory, composition, conducting, performance techniques, and pedagogy-- can include anthologies of orchestral excerpts for auditions and etudes meant for technical study rather than performance)

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