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Music Education: Where to find "stuff!"

This guide covers basic sources useful to music education students.

Types of Resources

Online Catalogs via the WorldCat Discovery Box - use to find a vast array of materials, including books, scores, recordings, videos owned by the Butler Libraries and libraries around the world.

Use the WorldCat Discovery Box to begin your search.  You will find this box in the center of the Butler Libraries' homepage ( This box allows you to search for holdings in the Butler Libraries and beyond and also searches the citations from select online subscription databases.

Once you have the results from your initial search, you can use the limiters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your results by database (including peer-reviewed articles!), online availability, format, or other useful criteria.

The Advanced Search mode will allow you to search for terms in specific fields (e.g., author, title, subject, etc.), select specific databases to search, and also limit by library (or library group), publication date range, and format.

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For electronic book holdings specifically, go to this linkE-Books

Digital Collections - There are a number of sources for online scores.  Most of them feature public domain editions.

Streaming Audio and Visual Resources - use these to locate recordings and videos that you can view from your home or dorm room.  You'll find them under "Music" from the "Databases" link on the Butler Libraries Home Page!

Commercial/Subscription Databases - use to find full-text information or citations to articles about various aspects of music (often the citiations are accompanied by brief summaries or "abstracts' that describe what the article is about.

Music Databases

General Databases

Music Education-Related Journals
In addition to several print subscriptions, the Butler Libraries provide fulltext access to music education journals through various subscription databases.  To learn how and where to locate a particular journal title and issue, just click on the Journals A-Z link on the Butler Library Homepage and type in the title of the journal in the search box provided.


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