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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

Online Library Collections Relevant to Your Course

You can use Discovery to search not only Barnsley College books but also many of our online collections of ebooks and journal articles all together from one search box. This is the best place to start your search for academic information whatever the subject. If it is academic articles you are looking for, limit your search in Discovery to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

OpenAthens is our username and password system for access to Discovery and Barnsley College online subscriptions. It also lists on MyAthens all the online collections available. If you want to search a specific collection you can access it here by clicking on the database name. Tick the box in front of the database name to add it to your Favourites. Descriptions under each database name give you key information on what it covers and how to make the most of this resource. (D) after a name shows that this collection is included in Discovery.

OpenAthens for books

Dawson Books eBook Central

OpenAthens for articles and multimedia

Rock's Backpages Sage Journals Taylor and Francis Online

Remember, if you are doing a course validated by Sheffield Hallam you also have access to some of their online resource collections. For more information ask at the HE Library helpdesk.

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.

Print Magazines and Newspapers Relevant to Your Course

Online is the best way to search and find articles for your research, but we also have a selection of print serials you can look at in Barnsley College libraries to help you keep up-to-date with professional practice:

MusicTech Sound on Sound and over at the Learning Curve The Stage

Websites relevant to your course

Music Business

The Guardian: Music business
Music Week
CIC: Music
BPI: British Phonographic Institute
IFPI: Global statistics
Audio Engineering Society’s E-Library

Music Law

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

Performing Arts

Association of Performing Arts Collections
British Theatre Guide
The Guardian: Theatre
The Stage – Some content online, but can also search to identify articles in the papers we have here.
Theatre VOICE

For further help contact: helibrary@barnsley.ac.uk

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