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Finding Sound Recordings

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library owns sound recordings in a variety of formats--CD, LP, reel-to-reel tape, etc. We also subscribe to a number of streaming audio databases. This guide explains how to locate these recordings.

Quick Links: Audio Databases

Featured Audio Resource


Naxos Music Library offers over 1,500,000 tracks for online listening, including Naxos classical, jazz, world-music and historical releases, and Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues. Naxos Historical, Nostalgia, and Jazz Legends recordings are not available in the United States because of the uncertain legal situation regarding pre-1972 sound recordings.

Learn more in the Naxos tab under "Online Audio."

Why use audio resources?

Here are the top 5 reasons you should check out UMD's online audio resources:

1. Content - audio databases contain hundreds of thousands tracks that supplement the library's CD collection

2. On-demand access - log in through the library website and start listening immediately from anywhere

3. Fun - you can explore new music for personal or academic use

4. Academic work - audio resources can help you understand performance trends and music theory in practice

5. Presentation Aids - music and sound bites can greatly enhance the intrigue of a presentation

Did you know?

Searching WorldCatUMD for streaming audio will list some of what's available to you, but not everything. For best results, search one or more audio databases directly. Read the other pages in this section to learn how!


Which streaming audio database is more user-friendly?

Naxos Music Library (NML): 4 votes (100%)
Alexander Street Press Databases: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 4