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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.


Supplied here a tips for searching and accessing music theses. For further information on finding theses, visit the Finding Theses Guide.

  • Theses are listed on the library catalogue and can be searched by the usual author, title, subject or keyword options.
  • A comprehensive list of music theses completed in all faculties and departments of the University of Melbourne is achieved via a KEYWORD search.
  • For theses from the Faculty of Music (to 2009)  and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (from 2009) use keywords "music thesis university melbourne".
  • For theses from the Victorian College of the Arts use keywords "music thesis victorian college arts"

Digital Theses

  • It is mandatory for University of Melbourne  theses to be added to the Digital Repository. Music theses completed at the university and available online are found by using the search term "music".

The University of Melbourne Thesis Collection

  • holds archival copies of all Masters by Research and PhD theses completed at the University.
  • The theses are not available for loan.
  • They are accessed in the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library (or other locations as indicated in the catalogue).
  • This collection is not browseable on open shelves, and individual theses will be retrieved from storage upon request.
  • Only theses written in the last ten years are held in the Baillieu Library. The remainder of the collection is held in off-site storage and can also be retrieved upon request. Theses with the status UNIM AT CARM in the library catalogue at held off-site. Four working days notice is required for retrieval of material held off-site.
  • Requests for theses can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To order material, it is best to use online request form.
  • Theses are available to be photocopied either partially or as a whole. Self-copying is not available, and all copying orders must be processed through the Reading Room. Please ask staff for details of copying charges and turnaround times.
  • More information

Paper indexes to music theses:

  • can be found using library catalogues.
  • are not as up-to-date as online listings.
  • Also, many research bibliographies list theses. Some examples are:
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