Collection Spotlight: Bloomsbury Music and Sound

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April 23, 2024, 11 a.m.
A digital hub for music and sound studies.
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by Amanda DuBose, Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Ever wonder how sound and space are linked? Want to discover a new genre of music? Need to find resources on the music of Uzbekistan? How about a biography of The Beastie Boys?? Look no further, Bloomsbury Music and Sound Studies has you covered!

With a bright and welcoming interface, BMSS is easy to use both when you’re looking for something specific or if you want to browse for something new. Containing both Bloomsbury Popular Music and Sound Studies, this module is a great place to go for reference works as well as eBooks, study and subject guides, teaching resources, podcasts, and interactive features.

Find BMSS under “B” in the alphabetical list of databases on the library website or on the Music Research Guide. Searching is easy with both a prominent search bar and an advanced search feature with plenty of filters, which also appear on the results page to help refine your results. Book and chapter pages provide all the information you’ll need for citations (as well as a citation button that will do the hard work for you) and pagination matches those in the print books. If you’re looking for a specific term, just search within your book, chapter, or article and save yourself precious time. The collection also includes the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and links to related content appear on every page.

If you’re in the mood to discover something new, explore the interactive world map, timeline of popular music, the featured content and its archive, select from over 1000 genres, or the alphabetically listed biographies of over 700 artists. You can discover anything from Aaron T-Bone Walker to Zydeco! An additional scrolling banner introduces artists, countries, and topics in focus so there’s always something new to discover. Really like something you’ve found? Create a personal account using the Sign-Up function and save content and searches into folders in “My Content” for easy locating later. Or email or share an article to yourself or the social media platform of your choice to let your friends know what cool new thing you’ve found. You might even discover the connections between Mark Murphy, Lou Reed, and Syracuse University!

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