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Subject Guides

Music: Researching a Topic

Finding journal articles and music literature

Use abstract and indexing databases to carry out a general subject search. For music we specifically recommend RILM, RIPM, Music Index and Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums. Music is also covered in databases such as Periodicals Index online and Web of Science.

 

Search for the journal by title in ejournals@cambridge.

If the relevant year is covered, click on the link to the journal and navigate to the article.

Where the relevant year is not covered by an ejournal, carry out an Exact search on the journal title in LibrarySearch.

 

 

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Research Data Management and Issues

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Finding notated music

Cambridge collections contain both manuscript and printed music. Not all are available on the online catalogues and you will find some useful tips here:

Looking further afield we strongly recommend exploring RISM, the worlds largest database of musical sources. Many Cambridge holdings are included. 

Finding sound and video recordings

When searching for sound and video recordings in iDiscover our advice is to either use advanced search and set material type to Audio Visual, or do a simple search and subsequently use (and lock) the filters.

The Pendlebury Library subscribes to Naxos Music Library, which works on Raven and accommodates up to 5 simultaneous users.

We can also recommend exploring the libguide for audiovisual materials. 

E-resources help

The Libguide  for eresources and ejournals includes useful news and links as well as a help section.  Please also feel free to get in touch with your subject specialist librarian.