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MUSI1510: Audio Recording for Musicians: Databases

Music Databases

Music Databases

There are databases for every subject offered at the University, and it's important to choose the right one for your research needs! 

For the purposes of this course, there are just two that we will highlight, depending on what you're looking for.  For fact-based information, an overview source like Credo Reference will usually suffice.  On the other hand, if you're looking for more focused information that connects more than one concept, the Music Periodicals Database will be a great place to go.

Search Tips


  • Never put in your entire research question when you search
  • Break up your search into keywords
  • Write down several different possibilities for searching 
  • You will need to search different terms and combinations - there is no such thing as a perfect search

Music & Sociology Research Databases

Remember:  You can access the databases from off campus using your WPUNJ username and password!

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is a collection of online reference sources (like encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) that give you a concise overview of any topic.  This is a great place to find facts and details about different technologies (midi) or concepts (acoustics).  Plus, everything in Credo Reference is available in full-text!