Information Services


Some useful resources for Music are listed below.


British Library Archival Sound Recordings

Access information: Access on and off campus. Choose Log in via your home organisation and follow instructions.
Description: This service provides access to digitised recordings of some of the Sound Archives' collections. Archival Sound Recordings is the result of a development project to increase access to the British Library Sound Archive's extensive collections.

CAIRSS for Music

Access information: Free access from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Description: CAIRSS (Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval Service Systemis) is a bibliographic database of music research literature in music education, music psychology, music therapy, and music medicine.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Access information: Access on campus or off campus.

An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.

The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theatre are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles.

Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution colour, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.

Film & Sound Online (previously Educational Media Online (EMOL)

Access information: Available from EDINA On-campus choose: Login via direct access. Off-campus choose: Login via UK federation.
Description: Ten collections of film and video. The films are of high quality, and are fully downloadable, either in full or as segments, and can be used freely in learning, teaching and research. For example: (Culverhouse) Classical Music, Films of Scotland, Performance Shakespeare. Note that some medical titles are restricted.

Additional Information

Please contact the Library for more information about restricted titles and to apply for access.

Edinburgh University Information Services offer a streaming media service, and can stream Film &Sound Online content locally to improve download times.

Access information: Freely available
Description: Bibliotheque Nationale de France and partners' full-text collections. Two million items from books, periodicals, maps, scores, images, sound recordings manuscripts.
Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: Use IPM to find individual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions. With over 425,000 records available for searching, IPM provides detailed indexing across a range of categories, including collection, composer, editor, format, genre, language, librettist, publication year etc. It is also possible to search for titles of music collections, as well as individual compositions.
Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: International Index to Music Periodicals Full-Text (IIMP) is a music journal resource, covering the scholarly to the popular, with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text.
Coverage: 1874 to the present.
Access information: Login via UK federation. If required, login information can be found by following the link above.
Description: Free-at-the-point-of-use images, video and audio content licensed for educational and research use accessed from a single interface. Collections included cover a range of subject areas.
Coverage: Includes access to Getty Images and a range of newsreels including, ITN, Gaumont, British Paramount, Channel 4 and Reuters. Also material from Imperial War Museum, Wellcome Library, Royal Geographical Society & St George's Hospital Medical School as well as Art & Design collections.

Access information: Access on and off campus. boasts a collection of 1600 classical music videos: concerts, operas, ballets, archives, documentaries, artist profiles and educational programmes, among others
Description: One of the largest online audio-visual catalogues of classical music, opera and dance, consisting of a library of contemporary and historic performances, documentaries on composers and artists, and other interesting resources for Music scholars.
Coverage: 1600 classical music videos: concerts, operas, ballets, archives, documentaries, artist profiles and educational programmes.
Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: The Music Industry Data tool is a way of gathering information about music trends and the impact of music across countries and cultures. Music Industry Data is a growing repository of historical and current data from Billboard, Official Chart Company, Media Control and many more reporting agencies around the world. This data is presented in Relative Pitch Graphs™ with sophisticated functionality. Based on sales data, Relative Pitch Graphs™ are a way of normalising data over time, and tell the story of the impact of music on society and cultures. Music Industry Data links all the data that exists on music, industry trends and commercial facts so that researchers can make original and rigorous academic enquiries. Previously we could only make qualitative assumptions about the impact of music socially, politically and economically. With Music Industry Data, researchers can use quantitative techniques to verify what really happened and the true context in which music was produced.
Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Music Online Premium Service: from Alexander Street Press, provides access to 13 music collections: African American Music Reference; American Song; Classical Music in Video; Classical Music Library; Classical Music Reference Library; Classical Scores Library: Volumes I-4; Contemporary World Music; Dance in Video; The Garland Encyclopaedia of World Music Online; Jazz Music Library; Opera in Video; Smithsonian Global Sound(r) for Libraries.
Coverage: Over 9 million audio tracks, 2,900+ videos, 51,000+ scores, 124,000+ pages of reference material, and 200,000+ playlists.

Naxos Music Library

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Access information: Mac users should use the VPN for off campus access
Description: A music listening service which allows you to search, browse and listen to over 1.5 million tracks of music, including classical, jazz folk, world music and pop and rock.
Access information. Access on and off campus.
Access information. Mac users should use the VPN for off campus access.
Description. Naxos Music Library Jazz [NMLJ] offers a mix selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented. The recordings in Naxos Music Library Jazz come from over 200 labels, and include the catalogue of Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others. There are three search modes available: browse the library alphabetically by CD title, keyword search by name of artist, track or disc title, and advanced search by a combination of criteria. Access with iPhone or iPod Touch: The Naxos Music Library Jazz App is available through the iTunes App Store.
Access information: Available on and off campus
Description: This is a new initiative launched by the academic databases supplier Alexander Street to build the world’s most comprehensive open network of digital resources for the study of music. Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, it is free to access and includes peer-reviewed journals, books, and music scores. Audio and video will be added in due course. Alexander Street are working with global contributors including The British Library, The Royal Library of Denmark, The Bibliothéque national de France, Biblioteca Nacional de Espaňa, Biblioteka Narodowa, and the Library of Congress.

Oxford Music Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Provides access the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera as well as The Oxford Companion to Music and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  Entries include biographies, bibliographies and lists of works.

RILM (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: The Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale publishes an ongoing database of musicological bibliography. The database is commonly referred to as RILM Abstracts of Music Literature or RILM. An international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, RILM contains over 140 languages, is classified by topic, and includes original-language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; author, subject, and periodical indexes.



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