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Library Catalog

I'm working on getting a search box widget for our new library catalog but in the meantime you can click on the link above to perform a search. You'll get the option within the search box to search Everything, Articles & More, and the Library Catalog.

I still recommend the Library Catalog for finding music and books on the shelves. Some eBooks will show up in the Library Catalog search too. The Everything search can be useful for e-content in general if you want a mix of books and articles for your research, however you won't get article citations from Music Index and RILM Music Abstracts. Be sure to search those databases separately for music topics. 

Go beyond Cameo to find books and music worldwide:

Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online)

The interface for Oxford Music Online changed on December 7, 2017. Oxford no longer supports the search box widget I had set up within this box so you will need to go directly into the database by clicking on the link above. Feel free to contact me with questions or feedback (Kristin Heath, 

Oxford Art Online
If your topic crosses over into art you may want to search Oxford Art Online as well. I noticed that there is an article for John Cage in both Oxford Art and Oxford Music. The content differs enough that depending on your focus one might be better than the other for your topic. There is also an article on 'music and art' in Oxford Art but there isn't a comparable article in Oxford Music. There is an article in Oxford Music for Impressionism that could be useful if you're more interested in composers who contributed to that movement.

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Music Index/RILM Music Abstracts


I'm having some issues with the search box widget above. Sometimes it works and other times there's an error message. I'm looking into what the problem is but in the meantime I want to make sure you have the individual links to these music databases. Click below if the search box fails you for any reason. I hope to get this resolved soon!  -- Kristin

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Ideas for multi-media examples


I suggest databases below but found CLP's CD collection to be better after trying a few sample searches for bagpipe music, polkas, and Javanese gamelan. CDs accompany the Global Music Series we have to get you started. 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library)
Use the barcode on the back of your public library card to access from home.
Contemporary World MusicThis resource aims to deliver “the sounds of all regions from every continent.”
Smithsonian Global Sound: Listen to world, folk and traditional music online.

Hunt Library
Naxos Music Library (look for Genres tab, then World)


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library)
The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance (DVD)

Hunt Library
The video collection is located on the 2nd floor. NOTE: videos do not circulate to students. Dr. Woloshyn could check this out for you if you want to use the VHS version. CLP has DVD format.
The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance (VHS)

Presentation Help

Global Communications Center
1st floor of Hunt Library
"Provides free consulting for the CMU community. Our trained communication consultants help CMU students, faculty, and staff convey their ideas logically, clearly, and effectively in one-on-one sessions, and classroom workshops. Whether it's written, verbal, or visual, get a second set of eyes on your project. Our expert feedback will help you write and present more effectively."


Interlibrary Loan

Request books, scores, recordings, or journal articles that we don't have. Items generally arrive in 7-10 business days. Journal articles arrive in PDF format in your e-mail in 2-3 business days.

Request books only through this service. It can be faster than ILLiad since materials are coming from libraries in PA or states surrounding PA. Your login is the 9-digit number on your CMU ID card.