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MUL 1010 - Music Literature: Databases and More

A guide for research in music literature

HCC Libraries Online Resources - Databases

Online A/V Music Databases

These A/V databases contain audio and video recordings of music spanning all time periods. Log-in required.

Video Streaming databases

Open Education Resources - Open Textbooks

Alexander Street Press Music Online Help

Create playlists

Log on as a Hillsborough Community College student as usual. Then register for a personal user account. After registering for a personal user account, you can create personal or public playlists. Simply click on the "Sign In" link on the upper right corner (below the search bar) and follow the instructions to register. Then, select the "Playlists" tab and click "Create a Playlist" on the right hand side of the screen.

If you decide to create a public playlist for a course, follow these guidelines:

  • Include your name and the course title in the playlist name.
  • When prompted "Who can see this Playlist," select "Everyone at my institution."
  • You can add a password, if needed.

For further instructions, the main Alexander Street webpage includes links to YouTube tutorials, including a video on creating playlists.

Use your mobile device:

You can send tracks, albums, or playlists to your mobile device by creating a shortlink. After clicking on the  icon (labeled send to mobile), you can save the shortlink in one of three ways:

  • Sending a text message or email to your phone
  • Copying the shortlink from the browser
  • Scanning a QR code with your smartphone camera (requires a QR app)

Shortlinks are only active for 48 hours after their creation.

Article Databases

These article databases can provide additional research sources for your paper. Results include citation help in the article, video, etc.  Log-in required.

General Biography Databases

News Sources

Interesting Things

World's slowest music composition changes chord for the first time in seven years. CNN. September 7, 2020.   Description of a piece by John Cage that is supposed to last for 639 years.  The organ piece is titled "As Slow As Possible."