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Music and sound

A guide to library support, resources and services for students studying music and sound

Some online books for researchers

Develop as a researcher using LinkedIn Learning

View LinkedIn Learning resources identified to support researcher development in the areas of knowledge, behaviour and attributes, based on the VITAE Researcher Development Framework.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a very useful tool for alerting you to what has been published.  Please remember that not all output listed in Google Scholar is available free of charge so you may need to apply for a copy through our Document Delivery Service.  Sometimes it can be worth contacting the author who may be able to provide you with a free copy.

Google Scholar Search

Open access publications

Document Delivery Service

Sometimes when doing your research you will come across a book or an article that you are unable to access because the resource is not included in the Library online or print collections.  You can request items not held by the Library by using the Document Delivery Service.

Manage your references

RefWorks is a web tool which provides you with your own personal reference management database. You can use RefWorks to record and store references you found during your research and create in text citations and bibliographies online.

Alternatives to RefWorks include Mendeley and Zotero.


Access UK academic theses through EThOS - the British Library electronic theses online service.  You can search a database of UK theses by institution, author and keywords and order theses online

Thesis binding services

Post graduate research and research publishing

The Academic Skills Team based in the Library provide support for your research studies.  These pages will help you make the most of the resources we provide to support researchers and point you in the direction of useful tools and relevant web sites.

Use the tabs at the top of this page to discover more about the help we can give. We can help you

  • Find the right resources
  • Select journals to read or approach when you are planning to publish your research
  • Keep up to date in your subject
  • Manage your references efficiently
  • Handle your data securely
  • Use word processing packages to save yourself time
  • Create and manage your identity as a researcher

Abstracts and Indexes

Search for articles, but with most articles you will only have access to an abstract or summary.