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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.

Searching the catalogue

  • 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.

​Catalogue Search

Use the library catalogue to search for relevant books, printed versions of journals and newspapers etc.


Key Texts

Other library catalogues

Can't find something, or what you need is unavailable? The following catalogues can be used to find resources in libraries around Australia and the World:

Items listed in overseas and international libraries may be requested by staff, Graduate and Honours students via Inter-Library Loan.