Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Music To Your Ears: Database Trials in Music

TWU Libraries occasionally offer temporary access to research databases to gather feedback on possible acquisition. At these times input from TWU students and faculty becomes a vital part of the libraries' decision-making process.

Until April 16, 2012 there are trials taking place for the music databases listed below. Access to these and other current trials is available via the TWU Libraries Database Trials page (we'd appreciate your thoughts on the Database Trial Form at the bottom).

For questions about a database or other assistance, please contact a librarian via the TWU Libraries Ask a Librarian page.

We appreciate your time and assistance. Thank you.

African American Music Reference
offers the first and only electronic comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel and other forms of black American musical expression.

American Song
provides an aural history of America. Much more than a repository of well-known classics, this online collection includes music that relates to almost every walk of American life, every ethnic group and every time period. You’ll find songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers and cowboys. There are songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and anti-war protests.

Classical Scores Library
contains over 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts and previously unpublished material--allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
is a comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material and 300 audio recordings, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.

Jazz Music Library
is the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online—with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums and genres from the most important record labels. This resource is essential for any jazz history, performance, theory or music appreciation course.

Music Online
is the broadest and most comprehensive online music resource that cross-searches all of your library's Alexander Street Press music databases.

Opera in Video
offers more than 500 hours of streaming video, available electronically for the first time. Classic performances from the top opera companies and documentaries on specific operas, composers and companies cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the twentieth century.

Smithsonian Global Sound
is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity and preservation of diverse musical forms. Included is an extraordinary array of more than 40,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.

--Sandy Cochran

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