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American Memory
Large collection of reproductions of primary source material from U.S. Library of Congress: pictures, pamphlets and recordings. Earliest dates from 1400s.
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American Song
68,000 tracks of historical recordings of jazz, blues, gospel and other genres, 1890's-1970's.
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Classical Music Library
Audio database of classical music, with reference section. Playlist option available. Downloading available for a fee.
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Contemporary World Music
Tracks from current pop and traditional labels around the world.
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Streaming music from several independent record labels.
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Gale Databases
A list of Gale databases to which the library subscribes. Content is available as mp3 audio files.
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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
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Essays, images and audio examples about world music.
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LexisNexis Courtroom Cast
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Audio and video files of courtroom opinion and proceedings.
Also known as: Courtroom View Network
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Naxos Music Library
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85,000+ tracks of recorded classical, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music, with notes. Faculty can call Ref. desk 545-0150 for playlist password.
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Naxos Music Library Jazz
Around five thousand tracks of recorded jazz music, with notes. Faculty can call Ref. desk 545-0150 for playlist password.
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Naxos Video Library
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Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.
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Opera in Video
A growing collection of filmed opera stage productions, with some interviews and other documentary videos.
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Psychological Experiments Online
Audio, video and documentation of seminal psychological experiments.
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Routledge Performance Archive
Video of theater and dance performances, interviews with practioners, definitions, and critical commentary.
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Smithsonian Global Sound
Music from America and elsewhere on the Folkways label. Listen for free and download for a fee. Playlist option available.
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