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Music Research Guide: Sound Recordings

Locate online and print resources, including key databases, catalogs, Web sites, and bibliographies, as well as search strategies, locations, and a wealth of other information about music at Princeton.

Popular & World Music Online

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Reviews

Classical (and More) Music Online

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Sound Archives

Databases

Finding Sound Recordings at Princeton

Basic searching tips for quickly finding sound recordings in the Princeton Library catalog,

  • Use the guided (advanced) search option.
  • 1st box: enter composer's (or performer's) name or names and select the "author" option.
  • 2d box: enter a title word (such as figaro) for a specifically titled work or the plural of the genre (such as symphonies or sonatas) for a generically titled work and search as keyword.
  • 3d box: enter the words sound electronic, chose "any of these", and select the "title" option (retrieves CDs and streaming audio).
  • Click on search box--results will include CDs and streaming audio.
  • To see all the information about the recording (including performers),  select the long view option after opening a record from the results list.
  • Note: In 3d box, to limit search to CDs only, search only on sound (omit "electronic") as a title or keyword; to limit results to streaming audio only, search streaming as a keyword (do not search on "sound").

OR

  • Use the guided (advanced) search option.
  • Click on "more limits" in the orange box at the right mid-screen.
  • Select "sound recording" under medium and click on "Set Limits".
  • 1st box: enter composer's (or performer's) name or names and select the "author" option.
  • 2d box: enter a title word (such as figaro) for a specifically titled work or the plural of the genre (such as symphonies or sonatas) for a generically titled work and search as keyword.
  • Click on search box.
  • To see all the information about the recording (including performers),  select the long view option after opening a record from the results list.
  • See note at end of first option for how to limit search to CDs or streaming audio only.