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MU 315 Music History 1: Find Recordings/videos

Music 24/7! Streamed Audio...


The Music Library provides streamed audio, available 24/7 in two ways:

  • Course Audio Reserves  linked from your Canvas course pages.  Access is limited to students enrolled in the course.

Finding Recordings-Hot Tips!

Just looking for a sound recording or video (DVD, etc)?

  • Search the Catalog, using the Books & Media llink.  Conduct a search and then Refine your Search on the left by selecting CD, DVD, LPs, Streaming Audio, or Streaming Video.

Use an AUTHOR search to find sound/video recordings of composers and performers.

You can also use a TITLE search if the name of the work is distinctive, as in Ma fin est mon commencement or My bonnie lass she smileth.  If the work has a generic title, like Mass, or Concerto Grosso, you will be better off using a KEYWORD search, using name of the composer and name of the piece.


Because many pieces in early Western music are short and exist on single CDs presenting works by many composers, you will also have great success browsing through our collections shelved by time period.  Browse through the Anth-Me and Anth-Re sections in the Seay Library. Ask a librarian to help you locate these areas. 

Find Recordings/Videos: Library Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat

You have access to recordings  from three sources -- the Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat:

  • Catalog: includes all of the recordings owned by campus libraries
  • Prospector gives you access to media in 22 regional libraries
  • WorldCat lists library holdings nationwide

Delivery Times

  • Prospector: 3-5 business days
  • WorldCat (Interlibrary Loan): 5-10 business days

Search Tips

When searching the Catalog, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to


  • Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.
  • Refine your searches by adding keywords.
  • Click on the subject headings of interesting sound/video recordings to find similar materials and more search terms.
  • Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.


Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for materials - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in recordings that cover a broader subject.


Once you find a resource relevant to your topic, use subject headings to help you find more.


To limit your results to recordings (sound/video), select Audio/Video from the drop down box.


Music Librarian

Daryll Stevens's picture
Daryll Stevens
The fastest way to reach me is via the "Email Me" link above. You may also reach me at 389-6126, or 389-6560