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Researching Music in the UO Libraries

This page lists a variety of resources for listening to music and researching music scholarship, including streaming and physical audio collections, music-specific research databases, and encyclopedias and dictionaries for music research.  Use these in combination with the resources on earlier pages of this guide.  You can find my profile on the right side of this page; please contact me if you need any help with your research!

Audio Resources

Streaming Audio Databases

Finding Recordings in the Library

The UO Libraries Audio Collection is located inside the Douglass Room (LIB 364/365), on the third floor of Knight Library. Our collection includes approximately 25,000 vinyl LPs and about 18,000 CDs, as well as around 1,000 cassette tapes. You are welcome to check out recordings and take them home, but if you don't have a CD or record player at home, you can use the listening stations in the Douglass Room.  Our record players have USB connectivity and are compatible with Audacity, so you can easily transfer audio from vinyl onto your computer. We also have external CD/DVD drives that you can borrow and connect to your computer.

The best way to search for audio materials in the Audio Collection is to use the Advanced Search option in LibrarySearch. This will allow you to limit the material type to "Audio", as well as to combine multiple search terms and limit by language or date range. Once you see your results, the facets on the left side of the screen will allow you to filter your desired audio formats.

Here is an example of an advanced search for audio materials by the Colombian singer Toto La Mompinosina in UO's Music Collection (click image to enlarge):

Screenshot of advanced search for audio by artist


Here is an example of an advanced search of audio of Mexican protest songs in UO's Music Collection (click image to enlarge):

Screenshot of advanced search for audio by genre

Music Scholarship Resources

Databases for Finding Articles About Music

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Ethnographic Music Research Databases