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Electronic and Digital Music Guide

This guide includes search tips and recommended print, online, and archival resources for researching electronic and digital music.


This page explains how to search for books on electronic and digital music using the library catalog. The box below includes call numbers for browsing and recommended subject headings so that you can do some searching on your own. If you don't know where to start and want to see a selection of what the Library has available, check out the box at the bottom of this page. 

Search Tips

Conducting a keyword search in the library catalog is always a great place to start. Use the "Material Type" filter on the right of the "Advanced Search" screen to limit your results to "Books."

After finding a relevant book in the catalog, use the topics (listed in the subject field of the record) to find related materials. At this point, if you've identified several promising materials that have the same subjects listed, consider clicking on any of the subject headings to launch a new search for similarly classified items.

You can also try searching by subject heading to start. 

Search broadly by using subjects like: Electronic Music, Video Game Music

Or try more specific subjects like: Electronic Music--Instruction and Study, Computer Music--History and Criticism, Music and Technology

Remember to always take a look at the topics listed in the catalog record to get hints for searching! For a more exhaustive list of call number ranges to browse and suggested subject headings, see the Tips for Exploring the Collection box on the "Getting Started" page.

Selected Books from the Catalog