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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 terms assigned in the catalogue. You can find these by looking at the terms on the catalogue which you have already found.
Browse through the records retrieved and look at the hyperlinked subject descriptions that come with each catalogue record, e.g.

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 media such as CDs, DVDs or music scores.

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.


Author search

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

Information about library policies and borrowing conditions can be found here: Borrowing information 

You can find high use titles for Writing about Music in the High Use collection, located near the Service Point at the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library.

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