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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.

Subject Guide

Steve Henry


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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