British Library Open Day for PhD News & Media Students


The British Library is hosting an Open Day for doctoral students in the fields of news and media on Monday 11 Dec 2017, 10:00 – 16:30.

The British Library is home to a vast array of news and media content across all formats. Their extensive newspaper and magazine collection covers international, national and local publications from the 17th century to the present day.  The British Library sound archive has millions of historic and contemporary recordings of speech, music, wildlife and the environment. Our online Web Archive provides permanent online access to key UK websites of cultural or scholarly importance, while our onsite Legal Deposit Web Archive has every UK website available since 2013, including news sites. The Reading Rooms provide access to tens of thousands of TV and radio programmes broadcast in the UK since May 2010.  At this event researchers will learn about the full scope of these collections and how to unlock their potential as primary sources.  You will also have an opportunity to meet expert staff and other researchers across a range of disciplines and subject areas.

This event is for first year PhD students who are new to the Library.

Booking details are here:

Naxos Music App

Access music from NAXOS Music Library on your phone with the NML app (Naxos is one of our University databases, accessed from the ‘Library & ICT’ tab)

In order to use it you first need to register for ‘playlists’ while on-campus. To do this, go to NML, click on ‘Playlists’ at the top of the NML page, and then ‘sign up’. Then download the app to your device and log in using the username and password that you created for the playlists. You will have access to the full database from your phone/mobile device. You don’t need to login to the Portal or worry about Athens.

Once installed you can use your own created playlists, Naxos playlists or search Naxos using the search catalogue feature.

Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 79,980 CDs with more than 1,148,100 tracks, standard and rare repertoire.

British Theatre, Music and Literature: high and popular culture

We now have access to this database which is a Cengage database, and part of Nineteenth Century Collection Online. The content is primary source material relating to the Arts in the Victorian era.   To access the database select a Cengage database such as Nineteenth Century British Library newspapers, proceed to the list of Cengage databases (see picture below)  and select Nineteenth Century Collection Online.

Oxford Music Online: research resources

Oxford Music Online is an excellent starting point for the music researcher.  for example, in the manuscripts section under Research Resources it gives, “a review of the character and repertory of the main classes of manuscript in use before 1600, arranged by subject matter and also chronologically. The text is interspersed with descriptions of the major individual sources. After a general introduction, the text is divided by period, region, and genre in eight parts: Western plainchant; Secular monophony; Organum and discant; Early motet; English polyphony, 1270–1400; French polyphony, 1300–1420; Italian polyphony, c. 1325–c. 1420; Renaissance polyphony.” There are 24 sections under Renaissance polyphony alone.  For example in section 18 there is a comprehensive list of Vatican MSS.

In Research Resources there is also guidance on Congress Reports, dictionaries and encyclopedias, editions, periodicals, sources of instrumental ensemble music to 1630, sources of keyboard music to 1660, sources of lute music, private collections, libraries and sound archives.

For access to Oxford Music Online logon to the University Portal, click on the Learning Resources tab and select it from the A-Z list of databases.

Music webcasts from Library of Congress

The following are twelve music webcasts delivered at Library of Congress: Franz Liszt Niccolo Paganini & Lady Gaga;  Dvorak in the New world;   Tchaikovsky & Taneyev: Mentor and ProtégéMessiaen’s QuartetWordless Music OrchestraSchumann Trio (playing works of Mozart and Brahms)Concert: Gautier Capuçon & Gabriela MonterioThe English concertMahan Esfahani: harpsichord concertWhat did harpsichords sound like in 1910?Coptic Orthodox liturgical chant and hymnody; and Jazz conversation with Jim Hall.  More are available from Library of Congress Webcasts Home Page

Am Baile. Highland History and Culture

Am Baile is a comprehensive site is available in both English and Gaelic. It has audio and video materials, illustrations and primary resources. There are, for example, digitised books  relating to the Jacobite episode in Scottish history. For the cartographer there are maps from the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Music students may be interested in the digitised sheet music (Alexander Grant) and drama students in Highland theatre bills. There are audio recordings of Gaelic prayers and Gaelic songs.

Contemporary Music Portal

The Contemporary Music Portal is a search engine for art music resources from 1945 to this day held by French institutions. One such institution is IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique). It is a resource centre for contemporary music, science, and music and sound technologies. It has  audio materials, videos, full text journal articles and theses. The database has French and English interfaces.  You can sign up to an IRCAM newsletter.

Naxos Music Library Add Recordings of EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Blue Note Records

Naxos Music Library is proud to announce the addition of the EMI Classical and Jazz catalogue to its streaming audio collection. This vast catalogue of recordings includes EMI Classics, Virgin Classics and Blue Note Records. On August 19th, more than 200 albums will be available to subscribers with the remainder of the 7200 album catalog available by the end of 2011. New releases will be added as they occur.

The legacy of the catalogs of these labels is made apparent by the ensembles, instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors that appear on their decades of recordings, including the likes of Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Evgeny Kissin, Sir Simon Rattle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Maria Callas, Wilhelm Furtwängler, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bill Charlap, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and countless others. The documentation of great past performers as well as new releases on all three labels will serve as an invaluable educational tool to Naxos Music Library subscribers.

National Jukebox

In May 2011 Library of Congress in collaboration with Sony Musical Entertainment launched National Jukebox  a website of over 10,000 rare historic sound recordings available to the public for the first time digitally. The collection includes popular music, dance music, opera, early jazz, famous speeches, poetry and humour.

“The agreement for the National Jukebox grants the Library of Congress usage rights to Sony Music’s entire pre-1925 catalogue, comprising thousands of recordings produced by Columbia Records, OKeh, and Victor Talking Machine Co. among others – and represents the largest collection of such historical recordings ever made publicly available for study and appreciation online…Visitors to the National Jukebox will be able to listen to available recordings on a streaming-only basis, as well as view thousands of label images, record-catalogue illustrations, and artist and performer biographies…This represents a strong step in the Library’s efforts to return out-of-circulation recordings to public access”.