This is UCLan's Music library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Julie Hitchen


Search for books and ebooks on the Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.

Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be ebrary.

Journals and Articles

The Library Search will tell you which print journals we have in stock whilst the Journal Finder provides details of our e-journals. However, neither of them will tell you which articles are in each journal: for that, you’ll need to use one of our databases.

Library Search is a good place to start as it searches across lots of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

eResources and Databases

Recommended resources for this subject

There are two main types of resources you can use to search for the articles within journals:

Full Text database – links through to the complete full text of the article usually in PDF or HTML format, e.g. Project Muse.

Indexing / Bibliographic / Abstract database - provides a reference and sometimes a summary of the article (but not the complete full text of the article), e.g. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.  These generally provide details from a greater number of titles and will help you find all the articles that are relevant to your topic.

Finding Journal articles on particular topics

  • Academic Search Complete - A full-text database of over 6000 journals in most subject areas.
  • Business Source Complete - A full-text database of over 2000 business and management journals.
  • Film & Television Literature Index with full text - Film & Television Literature Index with Full-Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research.
  • JSTOR - JSTOR is a full text collection of journals. We subscribe to the Arts and Sciences I, II, III, and Complement, Language & Literature, and Ecology & Botany collections.
  • Project Muse - A collection of 384 full text journals from over 70 scholarly publishers. Subject areas include: literature, history, visual & performing arts, cultural studies, education, politics, gender studies, economics and more.
  • ScienceDirect - ScienceDirect is a database of over 1500 scientific, technical and medical full-text journals.

Music specific resources

  • American Song - A history database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - RILM (Répertoire international de littérature musicale) gives citations on international music in 202 languages, with full bibliographical information and abstracts in English.
  • Rock's Backpages - Rock's Backpages provides a comprehensive service to business based on an exclusive archive of 50 years of Rock'n'Roll history. It contains 12,000 articles, interviews and reviews from the world's best music writers and critics, from the late 1950s to the present day.
  • 78rpm Records Digitised by George Blood - This is a collection of over 40,000 78rpm records which have been digitised and made available on this site.  No username or password is required for this site.

Television and Video resources

  • Alexander Street Video - Videos, films, documentaries and training materials in music and arts related areas
  • Box of Broadcasts - BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National is an innovative shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions.
Our Electronic Resources section provides details of all our online resources and includes an E-Databases A-Z list.

Why not try our search engine Library Search?  Not only does this very useful tool search many (but not all) of the above databases, it also searches the library catalogue and provides links to the full-text if available.

Julie Hitchen

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892267