Tag Archives: E-Resources

Featured E-Resource: The Jazz Discography

The Jazz Discography (Tom Lord) is now available through the Libraries. It is “… the most up-to-date general discography of all categories of recorded jazz, from 1896 to today”.

This resource allows much more flexible searching than was possible using the earlier print and CD-ROM versions. Searches are available for leader, session, musician, tune, and record label, as well as a “multi-search” function which allows searches of multiple musicians and/or tunes. A good introduction to using the database is found by clicking on the “Help” tab on the upper right of the screen.

The Jazz Discography can be found under the “Databases” tab of the main Library Web search page. Access is available on campus, or off-campus to Columbia affiliates via your standard UNI/password login.

Let us know what you think!

Audio databases, and some other related resources

You can browse a listing of electronic audio databases, under “E-Music and Sound Collections” under the “E-Resources” tab on the Libraries’ home page. There are some terrific resources here!

In addition, here are a few titles that don’t appear in the list linked to above, but contain media content that may be of interest to you:

These last three may all be found by title, under the “databases” search box on the Libraries home page.

All these databases offer streaming audio or video content, and are available from any computer on the campus network, or from off-campus to full-time students, faculty, and staff via login with your UNI and password.

Please let us know what you think! Comments welcome here, or at music@libraries.cul.columbia.edu.

New Database: Contemporary World Music

Columbia University Libraries has subscribed to Contemporary World Music (Alexander Street Press). This database provides streaming audio content, covering in this initial release ” …1,030 albums, equalling 13,726 tracks”, including content from labels including: Topic, Playasound, Budamusique, Air Mail Music, Manuiti, Crossing Records, Lyrichord World Music, Navras Records, and INEDIT. Additional new content is planned.

The database is described as “… a complementary database to Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries – it includes a blend of contemporary and traditional world music recordings from many labels throughout the world. The focus is concentrated on contemporary genres, such as fusion and world beat.” Note: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries is also available through the Columbia University Libraries.

RSS feeds are available on the home page of this resource, which allow you to be updated as new content is added.

Check it out and please contact us with any comments, questions, or feedback!

Updated: Library Quick Reference Guide

The Music & Arts Library “Quick Reference Guide” has been updated, and is available on our home page (or, click here to open the file directly). It can be downloaded as a PDF file. Please feel free to contact us with comments and suggestions!

Cambridge Journals Online offers some enhancements

Cambridge Journals Online has announced some enhancements to its online services, including the ability to bookmark content using social bookmarking services (such as del.icio.us), to interface with Zotero, and a downloadable search widget. Full details on the enhancements are available at this link.

Music journals which currently have online content provided through Cambridge Journals Online via Columbia University Libraries are:

  • British Journal of Music Education
  • Cambridge Opera Journal
  • Early Music History
  • Eighteenth-Century Music
  • Journal of the Society for American Music
  • Organised Sound
  • Plainsong and Medieval Music
  • Popular Music
  • Tempo
  • Twentieth-century music

Check out these new enhancements, and let us know if you have any questions or problems!

New E-Resources added

Three new e-resources of interest have been added to the Libraries’ collections. Please have a look!
Questions or feedback? Please contact us at music@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Classical Music Reference Library

The Classical music reference library brings together reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music. Included are the reference titles Baker’s dictionary of music, Baker’s biographical dictionary of musicians, Baker’s student encyclopedia of music and Women composers: music through the ages. Provides coverage of all classical genres, from the Medieval period to the 21st century.

Opera in Video

A streaming video database that will contain approximately 250 important
opera performances, captured on video through staged productions,
interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s leading
performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s
importance to the operatic canon.

Dance in Video

Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions
and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th
century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental,
and improvisational dance, as wellas forerunners of the forms and the
pioneers of modern concert dance. Videos can be browsed by people, role,
ensemble, genre, and venue. Material types include documentaries,
editorials, instructional, interviews, and performances. Database users
may create their own custom playlists and video clips.

Audio Databases at CU Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries subscribe to a variety of digital music databases, which can be accessed from any computer in the Libraries, or from off-campus (by full-time students, faculty and staff). These sites offer streaming audio access to classical, jazz, popular, and world music. Many of the sites contain additional content, such as libretti, biographies, playlists, and more. All can be accessed by title through the “Databases” link on Library Web, or by selecting “E-Music” from the “E-Resources” drop-down menu from the main Library Web page (or, follow the links below). Enjoy listening!

Titles include: