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Music and Performing Arts Research

SHU Library guides (for students on courses validated by Sheffield Hallam)

Books Relevant to Your Course

Books in Barnsley College libraries are shelved in a carefully selected order which aims to place books on similar subjects together using Dewey Decimal Classification:

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Here is a list of where to start looking for the books on the library shelf for music. To find whether a book is available in one of the Barnsley College libraries or look for other subject areas on the shelves use Discovery, or Heritage our library catalogue.


306.484 Society and music
338.477 Creative industries including the music business
343.07878 Music law and copyright
378.170281 How to succeed at university
534 Science of sound
621.3828 Sound production and recording technologies
650.1 Success in business and finding a career
780 Music
780.23 Careers in the music business
780.71 Teaching music
781 Music theory
781.3 Composing
781.43 Performing
781.49 Recording and producing music
781.64 Popular music
782.42166 Groups and singers
784 Sampling and MIDI
786-88 Specific instruments and ways of making music
808.066 Writing at university

Here is a list of where to start looking for the books on the library shelf for performing arts.

Performing Arts

378.170281 How to succeed at university
700 The Arts
706 Arts management
782.14 Music theatre
791.43 Film
791.44 Radio
791.45 Television
792 Theatre and performance
792.01 Theory of theatre
792.0233 Directing
792.028 Acting
792.072 Research methods for performance
792.0941 British theatre
808.066 Writing at university
808.2 Scriptwriting
812 American drama
822 English drama
822.33 Shakespeare

E-Resources Relevant to Your Course

Barnsley College has lots of databases, e-books and e-journals to help with your studies. To log on you will need your College username and password. Some resources may ask you to choose Barnsley College from an A-Z list of institutions.

These databases contain a wide range of academic sources. If you are not finding the information you want, learn more about searching online. Help pages will also be available within each database, or ask a librarian helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk.

Discovery – is a one stop search engine for Barnsley College books, ebooks and many online journal collections.

Or you can search these e-resources and websites individually:

Annual Reviews is dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.

APAC: Association of Performing Arts Collections APAC promotes the sharing of best practice in caring for and using performing arts collections

BPI: British Phonographic Institute representing the UK’s recorded music industry

British Theatre Guide News, reviews, features and podcast on theatre across the UK

Brown’s E-Books is a collection of academic textbooks from Barnsley College reading lists, available online.

Business Source Elite is a database that has access to full text articles on finance, management, and marketing.

Cambridge Companions ebooks on literature, music, philosophy and the humanities.

CIC: The Creative Industries Council Music resources from The Creative Industries Council, which is a forum of government, creative businesses and other creative organisations

Digital Theatre+ access to award-winning productions and a wealth of engaging educational materials.

Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to over 18,000 high quality, peer reviewed multidisciplinary ejournals offering freely available academic articles.

Drama Online online research tool for drama and literature students, combining playtext content, scholarly publications, filmed live performances, film adaptations and audio plays.

Ebook Central Ebooks covering a range of subjects including business, childcare, education, fine arts, health, IT, social work, sport and tourism.

The Guardian Music industry news

The Guardian Theatre industry news

IFPI: International Federation of the Phonographic Industry providing a range of resources and reports providing data and analysis on the current state of the global recording industry

Issues Online Up-to-date articles, statistics, videos, e-books and links, from a variety of different sources: newspapers, charity groups, Government reports, blogs, magazines.

JSTOR a collection of academic journals, primary sources and books.

Music Week covering industry news as and when it happens, our editorial team creates exclusive content that delves deeper into key industry issues

Rock’s Backpages the world’s largest archive of music journalism, featuring over 50,000 articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, with a new edition every Friday.

SAGE Journals a collection of academic journals in the social sciences including education, health, media, sociology and much more.

The Stage – Some content online, but can also search to identify articles in the paper copy of The Stage that we hold in the LRC

Taylor and Francis Online articles covering the Social Sciences and Humanities eg music, media, education, health and social policy, sociology from ejournals.

Theatre VOICE the web’s leading audio resource for British Theatre

UK Legislation Stay up to date with newly enacted legislation for the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as it is published

UK media and music cases from 5rb  A leading entertainment law firm

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service) is a free online resource for the visual arts and includes over 100,000 images available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

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