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Music Research Guide

Find Music & Audio

Find CDs in the Vincent Morgan Music Library, located on the second floor of the Music Building. Most other recording formats, including phonograph records (LPs) and cassettes, are housed at the AC Depository, available by request through the library catalog (click "Request Item"). The Morgan Music Library also has listening stations for records, cassettes, and CDs.

Start with these library databases or online resources to access streaming audio:

More sources for streaming audio:

  • British Library Sounds
  • CHARM: Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music
  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
  • D. K. Wilgus Folksong Collection
  • Frontera Collection of Mexican American Music
  • Judaica Sound Archives
  • National Juke Box
  • Phonobase
  • Virtual Gramophone

Tip: Searching for music and audio in the Five College Libraries

Use the Books & Media tab on the Amherst Library Quick Search box to search for music and other audio materials by keyword, title, author, or subject, making sure to include "sound recording" as one of your search terms. Your results will include digital as well as physical audio. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something is located and whether it's currently checked out.

Find Film & Video

Find DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS formats on A Level of Frost Library, behind the IT help desk. There are also viewing stations in this area, if you want to watch at the library.

Access streaming video through these library databases or online resources:

Tip: Searching for Film & Video in the Five College Libraries

Use the Books & Media tab on the Amherst Library Quick Search box  to search for materials by keyword, title, author, or subject, making sure to include the format as a search term. Check Call Numbers and Availability to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out.