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Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

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Look for information on your favorite artists, songs and styles of music.

A guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. Users can find digitized items from the collections; special Web presentations on topics and collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; information on concerts at the Library; and a special Performing Arts Resource Guide which contains entries for hundreds of Library collections, Web sites, databases and exhibits.

Indexes to Music Materials

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Index of songs from Arizona State University owned anthologies

Index of songs composed from the late 16th century to the present.

Citations from over 600 Canadian music periodicals, from the late 19th century to the present.

An index of the complete program notes (and subsequently, the performances) of the Cleveland Orchestra created by the Cleveland Institute of Music Library.

Descriptions of collections in the UK and Ireland.

Tunes associated with pre-1821 English-language hymns (University of Illinois).

An index of songs appearing in books located in the Central Library Art & Music Department of the Los Angeles Public Library.

An index to traditional folk songs of the world with an emphasis on English-language songs. Each entry includes the song title, first line of chorus, first line of verse, and full bibliographic information on the source. The index contains over 62,000 entries, and, to date indexes over 2,400 anthologies.

This database provides access to about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies. Created by the University of Tennessee Music Library.

Copyright Resources

The KSU Access Service Copyright Toolkit website offers further information resources on copyright and fair use available online.

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Copyright information from the American Library Association. This web page highlights copyright and intellectual property issues important to librarians and information professionals.

Copyright and intellectual property information from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Includes policies, news, information on recent statutes, legislation, court cases, etc. on a variety of topics including Google Book Search, orphan works, fair use, digital rights management, etc.

This resource presents a code for fair use to guide educators using media literacy concepts and techniques.

Provides an overview of copyright as pertains to public performances, including both theatre and dance, and provides guidelines for obtaining permissions for legal use of copyrighted works.

This companion web site to the PBS documentary film "Copyright Criminals," examines the history of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation and creativity in the age of intellectual property. To understand the complexity of the debate over sampling and copyright law, visitors should check out the link "Sampling" near the top of the page, which provides "Sampling: an Overview", a "Timeline", which can be viewed as a flipbook, list, map, or traditional timeline, and a "Glossary of Terms". The "Classroom" feature for the film is for 9th-12th graders, as well as for college students. Video modules explain the different issues in the debate, such as "Can You Own a Sound?", "Sampling in Other Forms of Media and Industry", and "Hip Hop Sampling Theft or Tribute?" All the "Educational Materials" including "Educator Guide", "Teacher and Student Handout", and "Discussion Guide" are available below the video modules, and are free to download.

Copyright guidelines, provisions, and resources, from the Music Library Association.

The purpose of this weblog is to educate about copyright, licensing and digital property in plain English and to provide resources from articles to discussions to newsletters to courses and books. Created by Lesley Ellen Harris, lawyer, author and educator.

From the Society of American Archivists comes a guide for archivists and others to use when a copyright owner cannot be located or contacted. This guide focuses primarily on the types of unpublished materials typically found in archives.

The Future of Music Coalition works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish and are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want. Learn about related issues and research and read the FutureBlog.

Links to key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations, and more.

Music Blogs

Chicago Classical Review (by Lawrence A. Johnson)

Cleveland Classical

Cleveland Orchestra

New Yorker : Unique Thoughts (by Alex Ross)

WKSU Classical Music