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What content is available in Bloomsbury Music and Sound?

Bloomsbury Music and Sound offers cross-searchable access to the full text of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, all 120+ volumes of the 33 1/3 series, and an expanding range of scholarly books in music and sound studies. Read more about our collections, Bloomsbury Popular Music and Sound Studies.

Bloomsbury Popular Music FAQs

Is the content included in Bloomsbury Popular Music available online anywhere else?

No, titles available as part of Bloomsbury Popular Music are not available via any other online resources.

Does the resource cover music from all countries?

The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all genres of popular music from almost every country in the world. From volume 3 onwards, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World is organised by geographic region, with detailed articles on countries, regions, cities (covering key artists, locales, venues and institutions), and genres from each continent.

How is ‘popular music’ defined?

As the editors of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World explain in the Introduction to Volume 1, their primary understanding of ‘popular music’ relates to modern mass cultural forms, but this should not be taken to imply any restrictive definition of ‘popular’ as opposed to ‘folk’ music: ‘while the principal emphasis of the Encyclopedia is on the urban, the commodified and the mass disseminated rather than on the rural, the oral-aural and the restrictedly local, therefore, this emphasis is far from exclusive’.

What time period is covered?

The full history of popular music is covered: the main focus is from the early twentieth century to the present day, but many articles in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World discuss earlier periods as part of the broader historical context.

Will the resource be updated?

Yes, new and revised content is added to Bloomsbury Popular Music twice a year. Updates will include additional volumes of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, updated articles, new books in the 33 1/3 series, new scholarly books, and titles in the new Global 33 1/3 series.

Who is the resource for?

Bloomsbury Popular Music is an invaluable resource for students, scholars and researchers in a wide range of humanities and social science subjects including music, cultural studies, performing arts, media and communication, anthropology and sociology.

Sound Studies FAQs

Which subject areas does the Sound Studies collection support?

The Sound Studies collection provides wide-ranging, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary scholarly content. Subject areas covered include art, aesthetics, architecture, contemporary music, history, philosophy, technology, and cultural studies and the growing literature of sonic and auditory theory, methodology, and practice.

Does the collection include key course texts?

Comprehensive reference works include The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art, The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sonic Methodologies.

Will the resource be updated?

Sound Studies is currently a closed collection.

Accessing the Site

Do I need to log in to access the site?

Most institutions will set up their access via IP-authentication, which means that users are automatically ‘logged in’ when accessing through their institution. If you have been recognised as a user from a subscribing institution, this will be signalled by the ‘Access provided by…’ message in the site header. Some institutions require username and password access. If you are in doubt as to how to access the site, please contact your library.

Is there a limit on the number of users that can use the site at the same time?

No, access is available on an unlimited simultaneous user basis.

Does the site support access via Shibboleth?

Yes. If your institution uses authentication via Shibboleth, select this option from the Log In page.

Can I access Bloomsbury Music and Sound on a mobile device?

Yes, the site is responsive, and fully optimised for displaying on a range of tablet and smartphone interfaces. The site has been tested using recent versions of the iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones and tablets. No web-enabled devices are specifically excluded, and there is no separate mobile site: the site layout adapts automatically depending on the size of the screen.

What browsers are supported?

Bloomsbury Music and Sound has been tested using Internet Explorer (version 10 onwards), Safari (version 6 onwards), and the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome, on PC, Mac and mobile operating systems. We will continue to monitor usage from different browsers and platforms and revise our list of actively supported browsers and devices accordingly.

Does Bloomsbury Music and Sound conform to accessibility standards?

Bloomsbury Music and Sound conforms to accessibility standards for most Level A (Priority 1) and AA (Priority 2) success criteria of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).

The interactive map and timeline features, however, are not compatible with screen reader software. You can read more about about how the platform conforms with WCAG criteria in our accessibility statement.


What search and browse options are available?

There are multiple ways of navigating the content:

  • The main Search box in the header
  • Advanced Search: search by author name, title, subject or publication date
  • Explore Library options: browse lists of artist names, music genres and countries
  • Browse Contents: browse lists of volumes and tables of contents
  • Timeline of Popular Music: accessible from the Browse Contents drop-down or the home page, this feature shows dates of all the albums covered in the 33 1/3 series, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles from the Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
  • World Map: browse an interactive map of the world to find books and articles covering a particular country or region

What kind of searches can I do in the main Search box?

Use the Search box in the site header to search the full contents of all items on the site, including all titles, chapter titles, abstracts, author names, subject terms, metadata and full text. You can use the following methods:

  • Stemming: search results for keywords will automatically include results for plurals and grammatically related words, e.g. a search for edit will also find edits, editing and edited
  • Exact phrase search: use quotation marks to limit your results to exact matches for a phrase such as "all's well that ends well"
  • AND (Boolean operator): searching for Japan AND Brazil will find books that include both search terms. Boolean operators must be entered in UPPER CASE.
  • NOT (Boolean operator): search for Japan NOT Brazil to find books which mention Japan but do not mention Brazil
  • OR (Boolean operator): search for Japan OR Brazil to find books which mention either Japan or Brazil (or both)

What kind of searches can I do in Advanced Search?

From the Advanced Search page you can:

  • Select 'Title' to search for titles of works, volumes, chapters, articles, images or other items
  • Select 'Author/Editor/Creator' to search for the names of authors, editors and translators of volumes, chapters and articles, or for designers, makers and other creative roles for images
  • Select 'Summary/Abstract' to search within the descriptions or abstracts of volumes, articles, images, multimedia files or other items
  • Select 'Category' to search for subject and topic tags, including personal names, place names or periods
  • Select 'Identifier' to search for ISBNs, DOIs, shelfmarks or other document IDs
  • Use the drop-down Boolean operator options AND, OR and NOT to combine fields

Can I save items for reading later?

Yes! It’s quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters or other items to view later, organise saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.
Follow the link in the header to ‘Sign in to your personal account’: you then have the option to sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or to select ‘Sign up now’ and enter a few personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.
Please note you can use the same Personal Account details to sign in on multiple Bloomsbury platforms, including Drama Online, Bloomsbury Fashion Central, Churchill Archive and other forthcoming resources.

Can I print and download full text?

Yes, the site content has no DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection, and so it can be printed or saved to personal computers. All use of the site content is subject to our Terms and Conditions: printing and saving should be for personal use, and standard copyright restrictions apply regarding unauthorised copying and distribution.

How do I cite texts from Bloomsbury Music and Sound?

From the book page, or full text view, click on the ‘cite’ icon to view formatted citations in APA, MLA, Chicago and Harvard citation styles. You can also download a file in RIS format for importing into reference manager software. Please note that the original pagination has been preserved from the print editions.

Can I follow links to other online resources?

Yes, if your institution has set up a link resolver, you can follow links from the bibliographies of full-text books to find copies of the referenced works in your library catalogue or other resources to which your library subscribes.