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Databases and Journal Indexes
Academic OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost)
A general, multi-disciplinary database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals
Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Covers fine, decorative, commercial and folk art, photography, film, architecture, and more. Provides full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984, including 280 peer-reviewed journals, as well as indexing and abstracting of over 13,000 art dissertations. Indexing of almost 200,000 art reproductions provides examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists.
Provides access to more than 600 subject-specific encyclopedias, biographies, chronologies, dictionaries, and reference titles from over 80 publishers, covering every major subject. Offers over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Over 10,000 Topic Pages present and organize a variety of information resources on a subject and act as a starting point for research.
EBSCO eBook Collection
A collection of over 21,000 electronic books available in full text online. These titles may be searched in the library's catalog or directly in the EBSCO database. Formerly known as NetLibrary, titles in this collection cover all subject areas.
Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Group)
The electronic books included in this collection are provided by the CSU Library and are in the categories of: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. See also the GVRL ebooks provided by DISCUS.
General OneFile (Gale InfoTrac)
A general database that contains full text and indexed articles from magazines, newspapers, books and journals in most disciplines ranging from architecture to biology and history to mathematics.
Grove Music Online
This compendium of music scholarship offers the full texts of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. It includes 50,000 signed articles and 28,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world on all aspects of music. Grove Music Online is now part of Oxford Music Online, which also includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music.
Humanities Full Text (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Provides feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more. Includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and indexing for almost 700 journals — of which 470 are peer-reviewed — dating as far back as 1984.
An online collection of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias, art songs, and Latin sacred texts. Searchable by composer, poet, or title, these phonetic transcripts and translations can be downloaded in pdf files using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
An archive of scholarly journals that offers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.
MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOHost)
Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 592,000 photos, maps & flags.
Naxos Music Library Always remember to click the red LOGOUT button at the top of the NML screen when you are finished using Naxos Music Library to ensure that you clear your connection. Closing the browser or going to another site without clicking the log-out button will keep your user space occupied and can sometimes prevent you or other users from logging in since this subscription allows only 5 users to be logged in at one time. NML is an online classical music library offering streaming access to more than 17,000 CDs with more than 250,000 tracks. On average, 500 new CDs are added to the library every month. Additionally, it provides playing times of individual works or movements, detailed music notes, and opera libretti. NML can be searched by composer, work and label, by keyword search, and by a sophisticated advanced search.
Naxos Music Library Jazz Always remember to click the red LOGOUT button at the top of the NML screen when you are finished using Naxos Music Library to ensure that you clear your connection. Closing the browser or going to another site without clicking the log-out button will keep your user space occupied and can sometimes prevent you or other users from logging in since this subscription allows only 5 users to be logged in at one time. NML-Jazz is an online collection of Jazz music offering streaming access to 22,600 tracks of jazz from over 2,300 albums from 500 jazz artists, with new jazz releases continually added. NML-Jazz can be searched by featured artist(s), disc/song title and catalogue number.
New York Times
Selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present is available in several of the library's databases, with complete digital coverage from 2008 to three months ago available in ProQuest Digital Microfilm. In addition, the library keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Newspaper Source Plus (EBSCOHost)
Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles. In addition, the database features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts.
Newstand (Gale InfoTrac)
Provides access to more than 2,700 national, international, state and local newspapers with selective coverage between 1980 and 2012.
Oxford Companion to Music
This fulltext resource includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles. Including jazz, popular music, and dance, the Companion offers a concentrated focus on the Western classic tradition, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Oxford Companion to Music is now part of Oxford Music Online, which also includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music and Grove Music Online.
Oxford Dictionary of Music
This fulltext resource includes entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, instruments, works, venues, individual works including operas and ballets, musical styles, and much more. Oxford Dictionary of Music is now part of Oxford Music Online, which also includes the Oxford Companion to Music and Grove Music Online.
Oxford Music Online
This fulltext resource offers users the ability to access and cross-search the resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. It includes Grove Music Online, the Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Combines language and subject reference works together to form a large reference library. It contains over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works.
Points of View Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
Intended for public, academic, and high school libraries, Points of View is designed to assist researchers in understanding the full scope of controversial subjects. High school and undergraduate students can use Points of View as a guide to debate, developing arguments, writing position papers, and for development of critical thinking skills. Each Points of View essay includes a series of questions and additional material to generate further thought. Also included are thousands of supporting articles from the world’s top political and societal publications.
ProQuest Digital Microfilm: New York Times
This resource provides cover-to-cover full image access to the New York Times from 2008 to three months ago for an online experience that resembles paging through the newspaper in print or viewing it on microfilm. Users may crop, zoom, or rotate page images and then print, email, or save in PDF format. In addition, the library provides access to selected full text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present in several other databases, keeps the last 8 weeks of the newspaper in paper format, and has 1851 to 2009 on microfilm. To locate the correct resource for the date you need, see this list.
Readers' Guide Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson on EBSCOHost)
Subject coverage includes antiques, arts, business, computers, education, entertainment, film, television, gardening, health, medicine, history, home improvement, literature, news, current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, science, sports, fitness, transportation, travel and much more. Includes indexing of over 450 periodicals as far back as 1983 and searchable full text of articles from over 250 journals as far back as 1994.
A shared catalog that provides information about books, periodicals, audio/visual materials, etc. from thousands of libraries around the world and indicates which libraries hold the items.
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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Ref. ML 105 .B16)
Chronology of American Musical Theater (Ref. ML 1711.8 .N3 N67 2002 v. 1-3
Dictionary of Musical Quotations (Ref. ML 66 .C86 1989)
Dictionary of Western Church Music (Ref. ML 102 .C5 P77 1991)
Flowers in the dustbin: the rise of rock and roll, 1947-1977 (ML 3534 .M55 1999)
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (Ref. ML 100 .G16 1998 v. 1-9)
Music Index (Ref. ML 118 .M84 1968-1989 Index Storage)
New Grove Dictionary of American Music (Ref. ML 101 .U6 N48 1986 v. 1-4)
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Ref ML 102 .J3 N48 1988 v. 1-2)
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Ref ML 100 .N48 v.1-20)
New Grove Dictionary of Opera (Ref. ML 102 .O6 N5 1998 v. 1-4)
Oxford Companion to Jazz (Ref. ML 3507 .O94 2000)
Popular Song Index (Ref. ML 128 .S3 H4 Vols. + Supplements)
Rolling Stone illustrated history of rock & roll (Ref. ML 3534 .R64 1980)
Song index: an index to more than 12,000 songs in 177 song collections comprising 262 volumes and supplement (Ref. ML128 .S3 S31 1966)
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A database of music
Classical Net features more than 3800 CD/SACD/DVD/Book reviews, as well as 6000 files and over 4000 links to other classical music web sites
The Cyber Hymnal
This site has over 5,700 Christian hymns & Gospel songs with lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, & more
Free Sheet Music, Riffs, Lessons and Tools for musicians who play
Essentials of Music
Find introductory information on classical music
Ethnomusicology, Folkmusic, and World Music
A pathfinder from the University of Washington Library
The Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection
An index of 29,000 pieces of music focusing on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960 from Johns Hopkins University
Music Heritage Network Instrument Encyclopedia
From the University of Michigan School of Information
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
The Library of Congress' website indexing American Sheet music from 1820-1860 & 1870-1885
Music on the Internet (refdesk.com)
Music Selection Resources on the WWW
Provides information on performances, artists, companies, city guides, and opera timelines
Public Domain Music
This is where you can find public domain music. Public domain music is music and lyrics written by an American author and published in 1922 or earlier
Red Hot Jazz Archive
A history of jazz music before 1930
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Journals and Magazines
The following journals are available in the CSU library:
American Choral Review
American Music Teacher
Bulletin - Council for Research in Music Education
Church Musician Today
Journal of Music Theory
Journal of Music Therapy
Journal of Research in Music Education
Journal of Singing
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Music Educators Journal
Music Therapy Perspectives
Notes - Music Library Association
Perspectives of New Music
Popular Music & Society
Psychology of Music
South Carolina Musician
Stereo Reviews Sound & Vision
Voice of Chorus America
Find a list of e-journals in music available at CSU
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