Key subject resources 

  • Bach Bibliography - the largest resource of its kind, with over 16,000 records of bibliographical references relating to Bach's life and works.
  • Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology - reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary.
  • CHARM (AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music) - CHARM is the AHRC Research Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music. The site provides access to an online discography, a library of ex-copyright recordings, a range of publications, and information about early recording history and methods for analysing recordings.
  • Kanopy - Award-winning documentaries, classic and indie films. Includes a music collection with documentaries, performances and operas.
  • Oxford Music Online (incorporating Grove Music) - Oxford's Music reference resources in one location, incorporating: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001); The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992); The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001); The Oxford Companion to Music; and the 2nd revised edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Music.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - international bibliography of scholarly writings on Music and related disciplines in over 200 languages, including original language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; and author, journal, and subject indexes.
  • RISM Online: Music Manuscripts after 1600 - documents the world's Musical sources of manuscripts or printed Music, and includes works on Music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections, and A/II: "Music manuscripts after 1600" .

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Skills and training

Your subject librarian will provide a programme of lectures and training on library and information skills, in consultation with your department or school.

A number of guides and video tutorials on searching databases will be available soon. In the meantime please contact your subject librarian if you require any help.


  • Study support
  • Library video tutorials - topics include: how to locate books and journals; understanding references on reading lists.
  • Finding and using information - covering key aspects of information skills, including: researching a topic; effective use of Google; evaluating your search results; avoiding plagiarism.
  • Referencing using EndNote

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New resources

Kanopy - award-winning documentaries, classic and indie films

New York Times Archive - coverage from 1851 to four years ago

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