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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.


This guide provides information on finding sound and music recordings.

It specifically addresses the usage of:

  • Hard copy sound recordings located at the University
  • Online music and sound databases to which we subscribe
    • Naxos
    • Alexander Street (includes many genre databases)
    • Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
  • Extended techniques for finding records
  • Even more recording resources at UMD

On the left sidebar in the Online Audio  pages, you will find a collection of links to our most frequently used databases. On many pages you will also find a list of the contents in the left sidebar.

The center area contains the content of the pages and the right sidebar will frequently contain a "Did you know?" box.

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