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Music Production Subject Guide: Databases


Academic Databases

There are numerous databases available to you which provide access to high-quality information you won't find on Google. 

Most of the databases enable you to find full-text journal articles and references, but we also have newspaper, image and
media databases that you can use.


A-Z eResources List

In addition to using Discovery, you can browse our A-Z of eResources list of you want to access a particular database.
Go to A-Z List

Useful Databases

The following databases / journal collections will be useful for your area of study:

Communication and Mass Media
Full text journal articles covering all aspects of communication & mass media
Entertainment Industry Magazine
(1880-2000) Full-text articles.
International Index to Music Periodicals
(1874-to date)  Indexing, abstracts and full-text from a range of music journals.
Full-text journals including titles for Music and performing arts.  Use for history of music.
Proquest Arts Collections
Search across Proquest arts collections
Proquest Central
A multidisciplinary databases with citations and full-text articles
e-journals collection (some are full text)
Wiley Online Library
E-journals collection (some are full text)

Structuring your Search

You can save yourself time by spending a few minutes planning how you want to search the databases before you begin.

Consider the following:

  • Which database(s) to search
  • Keywords- what will you search for?
  • How to link the keywords together
  • Will you apply any limits to your search? (date of publication, full-text, format)

For more information about searching, take a look at our Searching for Information page

You can also look at our pages in the Assignment Toolkit related to searching for information.


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