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Music in Australia

This guide will point you to resources in Australian music at the University of Melbourne Library and beyond.


Keyword search

  • To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:

Australian music

aboriginal music

  • Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You might want to limit your search by adding more words from your keyword list; for example:

Australian music and biography

aboriginal music and songs

Subject search

  • You can only use the subject terms assigned in the catalogue.
  • You can find these by looking at the terms on the catalogue records which you have already found. Browse through the retrieved item records and look at the hyperlinked subject descriptions that come with each catalogue record. For example:

Music -- Australia -- History and criticism

Folk songs, English -- Australia.

Composers -- Australia.

Aboriginal Australians -- Music.

  • You can then click on a subject description to find more material with the same subject. Note that not all the results will be books: there may be other item types such as CDs, DVDs or music scores.

Author search

  • If you know the author you want to find, enter the surname in the Author field of the catalogue. eg Radic, T

Books held at other campuses

  • Don't forget that you can have books sent from other branch libraries to your campus for pick-up. Click on the Request tab and follow the instructions.

Information about borrowing policies can be found here: Borrowing information.

Visit the Library Homepage for comprehensive information and links to library services. 

High Use Collection

You can find high use titles for Writing about Music in the Music High Use collection, located near the Service Point at Level 3 of the ERC Library.

These titles are available for two-hour loan within the library, and for overnight loan when borrowed one hour before the library closes.

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