Journals & Databases
These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.
Key Journal Collections
- Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
- Rock’s Back Pages is an archive of rock music writing. It is a massive library of articles reviews, interviews and features from the early 1960s right up to the present day. From Abba to Zappa, the Stones to Stone Roses and Elvis to Eminem. Rock’s Back Pages covers all types of popular music from a wide range of publications from the US and UK.
Additional Journal Collections
- Academic Search Premier Covers a wide range of subjects including music. It is a good starting point when you are new to searching for journal articles it can be used to find full text peer reviewed journal articles.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
- JSTOR Collections provides access to the highest-quality academic journals, books, and primary sources . The collections include JSTOR Arts and Sciences I, II, III and VII.
- Oxford Academic: Journals A collection of journals published by Oxford University Press that can be used to find journal articles for music.
Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.
- Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004. It contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. Useful for historical research.
- Guardian and Observer Digital Archive contains every issue of The Guardian from 1821 to 2003 and of The Observer between 1791 and 2003. You can search by keyword or by keyword and date; each story is an exact reproduction of the original.
- Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
- LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
- Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.
- Arts Council England supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
- The BRIT Awards is the annual showcase for the UK music industry.
- British Library Sounds Sound recordings archived by the British Library. The pre 1958 recordings are freely available.
- British Phonographic Industry (BPI) represents the UK’s recorded music industry – one of the most dynamic music sectors in the world.
- The Classic BRIT Awards, launched in 2000, provide an opportunity for engaging the public in classical music and creating a buzz around a non-mainstream music form.
- Guardian Music News Popular music news.
- Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) The UK’s professional body for musicians.
- NME – music news including new music, film, reviews, blogs and videos.
- The Official Charts Company is responsible for the commissioning, distribution and marketing/promotion of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and sales data.
- PRS for Music is a collecting society which songwriters, composers and music publishers become members of in order to get paid for the use of their music.
- UK Music is a campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry.