Category Archives: Reference Resources

Recently Added Resources: RILM Music Encyclopedias; Music Magazine Archive

Two new electronic resources have been recently added to the Libraries’ collection:

RILM Music Encyclopedias
https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/11713922

A full-text compilation of 45 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising nearly 80,000 pages, the majority of which are not available anywhere else online. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas, among them popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages–English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Greek.

Music Magazine Archive
https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/12289381

Music Magazine Archive is a series of digital collections focused on a number of popular music genres.  CUL currently subscribes to the Rock music group of magazines. These publications uniquely capture the social and historical context of the repertory, as well as scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture.  Researchers will find all material represented in the original publications, preserved in its original context, fully searchable and in high-resolution full color.

Please send any comments or questions on these resources to musiclibrary@columbia.edu.

Questions, papers, projects? We’re here to help!

Final projects, papers, and research piling up on your plate? Here are several ways in which the Libraries can help:

>> You can send your questions to us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu

>> You can ask a question via chat reference (hours are listed below the chat box)

>> You can schedule a consultation, and meet with us to discuss resources for your topic

And, of course, you’re welcome at any time during our open hours to come to the circulation desk of the Music & Arts Library in 701 Dodge with your questions – just ask for a reference librarian. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions, large or small – we love to hear from you!

Crunch time? Research help is available!

Hitting the wall? Need a little help with papers and projects?

Research help is available! Librarians can help you focus your search, and identify and recommend sources of information on your topics.

* email us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with questions;
* ask at the circulation desk in 701 Dodge for on-the-spot help, from 9am-5pm Mondays – Fridays;
* take a look at our Quick Reference Guide (http://bit.ly/MusicRefGuide) – it may help get you started on where to search for information, and includes information on audio and video resources;
* Have a question at your fingertips, but need a response right away? Try the Ask A Librarian” chat service (hours are at this link). If a quick answer can’t be provided, they’ll refer you to a subject specialist.

Lastly, for in-depth questions, or help in navigating and using specific resources, schedule a one-on-one consultation with us (email us at the above address).  We’re here to help!

Check out our streaming audio resources!

There are several databases offering streaming audio which are available through the Libraries. You can access these from any computer in campus libraries, as well as from your dorm room or off-campus (with your UNI and password).

Audio titles include: Classical Music Library, Naxos Music Library,  Naxos Music Library Jazz, Smithsonian Global Sound, Contemporary World Music, the Database of Recorded American Music, and more. For a full list of audio titles, click on the “E-Resources” tab on the main Library Web page, then click on “E-Music“.

You’ll find records for most of the Naxos and Classical Music Library audio content in CLIO, as well – you’ll see “[electronic resource]” next to the title in your search results. Click on the “Online Link” in the CLIO record to launch playback. Note that these databases add new content on a regular basis, so, for the most up-to-date search, search the databases directly.

A note on audio quality: some of these databases offer different options for streaming rates – make sure to choose the highest rate you can! All of the databases, while convenient, are less-than-CD quality. We have over 20,000 CDs in the Music & Arts Library, which can be checked out, if you’re looking for the best sound quality! All CDs can be searched in CLIO (you can limit your search results to sound recordings, if you wish).

Take advantage of these great resources for listening from anywhere, anytime! And, let us know what you think, at musiclibrary@columbia.edu.

Resource Alert: American Radio History

American Radio History (http://americanradiohistory.com) is an interesting free collection of scanned, searchable, full-text periodicals related to broadcasting in the U.S. Articles on the broadcast industry, regional radio markets, sales and chart data, and entertaining advertisements for broadcast-related technologies are contained in several periodical titles, with the ability to search across a given title.

The articles may be downloaded, but printing is disabled.

Research Help Available!

Looking for a little extra research help, as your final papers and projects take shape?

Here’s a reminder on some resources that may be useful:

  • Walk-in reference help: you can ask for assistance at the circulation desk of the Music & Arts Library any time we are open, excepting Saturdays;
  • Email reference help: you can email us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu, and our staff will respond to you within one business day;
  • Chat/IM reference help: available at this link, or under the “Ask Us” menu on the Libraries home page, this general library reference service will help answer your questions and point you to resources, and will forward your questions to subject specialists for further help if needed;
  • Schedule a consultation: You can meet one-on-one with Music & Arts Library staff, to discuss your research needs. Just contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu;
  • Quick Reference Guide: this guide (PDF format) lists some fundamental music research resources to help get you started and is available on our home page, along with links to some other resources.

Questions? Please let us know, and good luck with your research!

Research Help Available!

Looking for research help with your final projects and papers? Here are some options that may help:

  • Ask for reference assistance at the circulation desk in 701 Dodge (directions)
  • Email us to schedule a consultation, to sit down with a librarian to discuss your topic, or get help with library resources
  • Check our Quick Reference Guide (link opens as PDF) for some basic music resources to get started
  • Contact us via online chat (and other methods) at “Ask a Librarian
  • Email us with your questions, at musiclibrary@columbia.edu

Good luck with your research and final projects!

Water Leak in Music & Arts Library

The Music & Arts Library experienced a significant water leak on Sunday, 6/27. The area affected is mostly music scores, call numbers 00 – 51. Due to ongoing clean-up work in the area, we’ve restricted access to the affected shelves for now, but Music staff will check on the condition of any item you need, and retrieve it for you if condition permits. We will post updates as access restrictions are lifted, but remember, you can still get any undamaged score.

Also affected are the Viewing and Seminar Rooms, both of which received damage to the floor and carpet. These rooms are currently not accessible, including the digital pianos.

We’re fortunate that Facilities staff caught this happening in the early morning on Sunday, and put up plastic to prevent further damage. While unfortunate, this could have been much worse if not caught early. Damaged items will be going out for preservation treatment; we expect all items to be salvageable.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns, at musiclibrary@columbia.edu. Thanks for your patience while we treat these materials and restore the space back to normal.

Research Help!

Looking for a little extra research help, as your papers and projects take shape?

Here are some resources that may be useful:

  • Walk-in reference help: you can ask for assistance at the circulation desk of the Music & Arts Library any time we are open, excepting Saturdays;
  • Email reference help: you can email us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu, and our staff will respond to you within one business day;
  • Chat/IM reference help: available at this link, or under “Ask Us Now” on the Libraries home page, this general library service will help answer your questions and point you to resources, and will forward your questions to us for further help if needed;
  • Schedule a consultation: You can meet one-on-one with Music & Arts Library staff, to discuss your research needs. Just contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu;
  • Quick Reference Guide: this guide (PDF format) lists some fundamental music research resources to help get you started and is available on our home page, along with links to some other resources.

Questions? Please let us know, and good luck with your research!

Reminder: Research help available!


Need help with your research? Papers looming? Here are a few Music & Arts Library resources that may help…