Tag Archives: Reference Resources

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!

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!

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…

 

End-of-semester music reference resources

The final push is on!… and here are some reminders of a few music reference resources that may assist you in your work. Please remember that you can contact us by phone (212-854-4711), by email (music@libraries.cul.columbia.edu), or in person during library hours in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge. Please let us know if we can help!

Many basic resources are gathered together in our Quick Reference Guide, including print resources, and electronic text and audio databases, and indexes to music periodical literature. Try starting with this, and if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Here, in addition, are some more recent resources, not yet listed in our Quick Reference Guide:

  • African American Music Reference – includes “…text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music.”
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music – covers popular music genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music – a comprehensive online resource “devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples”. Each volume contains an overview of a geographic region, a survey of its musical heritage, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.
  • Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library – “… brings together more than 30,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music, which are available for the first time in electronic form”.
  • Opera in Video – database of streaming video of full operas, currently comprising 42 titles.
  • Rock’s Back Pages – rock reviews, articles and interviews from the late 1950s to the present day.

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
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6697428

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
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6697350

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
http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio6697347

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.