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Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives

The Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives (ML/SRA) support curriculum in Music, Popular Culture, and American Culture Studies. With almost a million recordings, the Sound Recordings Archives represents the largest collection of popular music recordings in an academic library in North America. Our collections also include books, scores, and video formats covering music studies from multiple angles. We have something for everyone!

 

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Streaming audio for American roots and pre-1960 American popular music from labels such as Rounder, Rebel and Smithsonian Folkways.
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Streaming audio from independent record labels from 1975 to the present, representing music largely ignored by the commercial recording companies. Genres include classical, jazz, folk, world, contemporary and electronic music.
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Streaming audio for over 35,000 CDs from the genres of classical, world/folk, new age, pop and rock, and Chinese music.  Access limited to 20 users at a time.
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Streaming audio reserves are available to allow students to complete course listening 24/7 online.

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Find Articles

JSTOR includes image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.
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The Music Index Online contains citations from more than 875 international music journals including history, theory, performance, ethnomusicology, education, and popular music. It also includes citations for dissertations, reviews, and obituaries.
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RILM is an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. RILM provides a broad, international coverage and concise abstracts.
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"IPA Source was developed to benefit singers, teachers, and all those interested in the correct and knowledgeable performance of vocal literature. What started in 2003 as a support site for students in a university diction class has grown into the largest collection of literal translations and International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions on the web. The goal of IPA Source is to promote the comprehension and accurate pronunciation of foreign language texts in art song and opera in order that the singer may imbue each syllable with the appropriate emotional content." --website
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"A single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic licence from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily"

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Oxford Music Online is a portal that provides access to four music reference sources: Grove Music Online, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. All four resources can be searched simultaneously.
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"Rock and Roll explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975... Explore our interactive chronology to learn a wealth of fascinating facts, take a tour of our visual resources, and watch video footage to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the period for yourself." --website
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