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Use these recommended databases to find online music or journal articles on contemporary music, music history or cultural studies. If you need additional help, contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts, at 778-782-3681 or

Top Resources

  1. Comprehensive reference source on all aspects of music. Includes access to Grove Music Online,The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music. Includes links to related sites, including sound archives and illustrations.
  2. Index to reviews and journal articles on all aspects of music.
  3. Index to articles on all aspects of musical activity in Canada.
  4. Large library of online recordings of classical music. Also includes jazz and world music recordings, along with other genres.
  5. DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides high-quality streaming access to recordings by New World Records, CRI and other important labels. Includes folk, opera, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary and electronic music.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. High quality online access to classical and contemporary recordings. Includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings.
  3. Articles published in over 350 English-language periodicals. Topics include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Communications, Community Health, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Planning & Public Administration, Religion & Theology, Minority Studies, Performing Arts, Psychology, Philosophy, Political Science, Urban Studies etc.
  4. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  5. Classical music scores and manuscripts. Many pieces have associated online recordings in the Classical Music Library database.
  6. Online access to the world's musical and aural traditions. Includes archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.
  7. Multidisciplinary collection of journals and periodicals for the performing arts. It covers drama, theater, dance, film, and television.
  8. Humanities and social sciences peer-reviewed academic journals and ebooks from university presses and scholarly societies world-wide.
  9. Royalty free sound effects from Sound Ideas as WAV files for synchronization with other media. Sound effects include: isolated sounds, specialty effects, foley sounds and background ambiences.
    Sound Ideas are available as WAV files on: SFU Bennett/Belzberg Library computers, Mac laptops for loan in the SFU Fraser Library in Surrey (for SIAT students ONLY), computer labs at SFU Surrey, and computer labs at SFU Woodward's.
  10. A catalogue of all sound tracks on the sound effects CDs produced by Sound Ideas.
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