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CMU Library Catalog

Go beyond CMU Libraries 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. 

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.

MGG Online
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is a general encyclopedia of music. MGG is encyclopedic in the true sense of that term: it offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts. MGG Online contains the second print edition of MGG, published from 1994 to 2008, as well as current, continuous online updates and additions.

Music Index/RILM Music Abstracts
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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 Posner Hall
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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.