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Albert S. Cook Library

Interdisciplinary Fine Arts

Listing of resources for research that spans dance, music, theatre, and fine arts.

Performing Arts Librarian

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If you are starting your research, use the links on the left to locate the type of resource that you need.

The tabs at left contain categorized sources for you to use as you explore your research topics.  Under each category,  you will find a wide variety of resources for the study of music.

Remember that online tools will require you to log in with your Net ID if you are accessing these from off campus.

If you don't find what you need, or if you have further questions about music research, please don't hesitate to contact the Performing Arts Librarian, Lisa Woznicki.


Typical Research Tasks

Confused about how to start your research?  Take a look at these questions, match your assignment to those described below, and try the suggested sources.

Task: I need to find journal articles for my paper on George Gershwin?
Strategy: Click on the Journal Articles tab and search in Music Index, RILM, or Music Database (Proquest).

Task: Where can I find biographical information on Romare Bearden?
Strategy: Click on Electronic Encyclopedias and search under the artist's name in: Oxford Art Online or Biography in Context.

Task:  I need to find images of servants' uniforms from the early 20th Century.
Strategy: Click on the Electronic Encyclopedias tab to search for essays about specific uniform pieces in Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion and click on the Image Collections tab and search in ArtStor, ImageQuest, and Camio databases for images that you can download.

Task: I want to listen to performances by Ella Fitzgerald for my paper on American women jazz singers.
Strategy: Click on Streaming Audio Content and search by performer name in Naxos Music Library Jazz.

Task: Where can I find a documentary of the life of choreographer and dancer Martha Graham?
Strategy: Click on Streaming Video Content and search by individual's name in Films on Demand or VAST: Academic Video Online to stream a video right on  your computer or mobile device.

Getting Started

Not sure how to tackle basic research tasks or need a jumpstart to start a paper or project?  Take a look at these help guides to get you on the right track!