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Reminder: Reference Help is Available!

Got questions? Need help finding resources for your final projects and papers? We’re here to help!

Here are some ways to get in touch with questions:

– ask for a librarian at the circulation desk in 701 Dodge;

– schedule a time with us to sit down for an in-depth review of resources, tools, or topics;

– email us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with questions, or to schedule a consultation with us;

– use the online reference chat service, available under “Ask a Librarian”, at this link;

A guide to some basic resources for music research and our library services is also available (as a PDF) at this link (http://bit.ly/MusicRefGuide).

We’re happy to help you move forward with your end-of-semester work. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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!

Winter Break Hours

The Music & Arts Library will observe the following hours over the Winter Break, beginning on Saturday, 12/24/11:

Monday – Friday     10am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday    Closed

In addition, the Library will be closed for University Holidays on Monday – Tuesday, 12/26-27, on Monday – Tuesday, 1/2-3, and on Monday, 1/16.

Reference and Reserve services continue to be available during these hours, and the Digital Music Lab is open. No items will fall due over the break. Remember you have the option to renew items online, by accessing “My Library Account” on Library Web/CLIO. You can contact us at musiclibrary@columbia.edu with any questions or problems.

A full schedule of all CU Libraries hours over the Winter Break is available at this link: http://hours.library.columbia.edu. Regular Spring Semester hours will resume on Tuesday, 1/17. Happy Holidays to you all!

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!

Our Quick Reference Guide can help you get started

Getting started in the Music & Arts Library, or, need a refresher on some of our resources?

Our Quick Reference Guide (link opens as PDF) can help. It contains an overview of contact info, loan periods, resources to help you start your research, music-related databases, and more.

In PDF format, with clickable links to the resources mentioned in the document, we hope that this will be a handy guide to help you in your work. Please contact us with any comments or questions at musiclibrary@columbia.edu.

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!

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.