Bloomsbury Music and Sound - How to Use

How to Use: Bloomsbury Music and Sound

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Your Homepage

The navigation on the top of the homepage provides a variety of options to access content on the site, including Explore and Browse Content functions.

The basic search bar appears below the main navigation for quick and easy searching across the site.

Below the search bar is a carousel which showcases new and featured content.

Quick links are available to Featured Content, Research and Learning Tools and Explore options, as well as our Interactive World Map, Timeline of Popular Music and Artist Biographies.


To search, type your search term into the search bar at the top of each page. Clicking the magnifying glass button or pressing return will take you to the results page.

The search page will show text results in order of the most relevant and can be reordered by title or date, ascending or descending. The standard text results page shows 10 results and can be adjusted to 5 or 20 results. The search results will show the article or chapter title and author(s) in pink, and then the reference or eBook title, and content type, with a preview snippet of text that includes the search term appearing in bold.

Search results can be refined by Date Range, Place, Artist, Period, Music Genre, Topic, Content Type and whether the content has been Peer-Reviewed via the column on the left-hand side of the screen.

Navigate to the desired results by clicking on the item title at the top of each result.

Advanced Search

To the right of the search bar, click on the Advanced Search button.

Enter your search term in the search bar with the option to refine by Title, Author/Editor/Creator, Summary/Abstract, Category, or Identifier. Enter additional search terms using ‘Add Field’ with search functions of ‘AND,’ ‘OR,’ and ‘NOT’ and the same options listed above.

Further refine results by Date range by year and Content Type, from 33 1/3 Books, Artist Pages, Encyclopedia Articles and Scholarly Books.

Use the same search results functions on the search page to refine results further and access results.

Books pages

Navigate to a specific eBook or Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World article from Browse Contents. Book pages show the title of the book, author(s)/editor(s), copyright information, DOI, ISBN, edition, place of publication, and date published online in the left-hand column and the cover.

Below the copyright information is a search bar for searching within the book, followed by the table of contents with links to jump to specific sections and chapters of the book. Pagination in the table of contents matches the print edition of books.

Chapter pages

The left-hand column of the chapter page displays the book cover, author(s)/editor(s), copyright year and imprint, and the Search Book function, followed by Subject information and extensive Related Content links.

The main right-hand column shows the chapter title, author(s)/editor(s), DOI and page range of the chapter, followed by a linked table of contents for easy movement to chapters within the section, followed by the full text of the chapter. Hovering over the chapter text will show the corresponding page numbers at the appropriate breaks to match the print edition of the book.

Search within ebooks

Searching within the Search Book function from the book or chapter page will bring up all references to the search term within the book.


The Explore link in the top navigation menu provides options to access the content by Music Genres, Artists, Topics and Place.

Clicking on any option leads to an alphabetical list for browsing. The numbers in brackets next to each term show the amount of content aggregated under each term. Clicking on any term will lead to a results page for all the content on the site that has been tagged with the term.

The results page offers further filter options in the left hand column.


Browse Contents offers options to browse by Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, 33 1/3 Series, Scholarly Books, Artist Pages, Timeline, World Map and Subject Guides.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World leads to a landing page that shows a description and table of contents for the Encyclopedia. Click into a section to read.

33 1/3 Books leads to a page where all of the eBooks from the series are listed in alphabetical order. Click into the title or cover to view the eBook.

Scholarly Books brings you to a page where all of the Scholarly Books are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the title or cover to view the book.

Artist Pages leads to a page where all of the artists featured on the site are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the title or cover of the book to be taken to the relevant artist page.

Timeline leads to an interactive timeline on the platform. Spanning from 1900 to the present, the timeline provides a contextual framework through which to explore the Bloomsbury Popular Music content. Click on the images and coloured pins to examine eBook chapters, Encyclopedia articles, and more.

The World Map allows you to search books, articles and other content relating to specific regions around the world.

Subject Guides are a series of downloadable PDFs which provide instructors, students, and librarians with a list of eBook chapters and articles relating to a particular topic or theme. Links to these items can easily be added to a course syllabus or reading list.


Use the Collections dropdown menu to read more about the content within each collection hosted on the Bloomsbury Music and Sound hub. Links are provided to the different sections and title lists from which you can continue exploring each collection. At launch, the two collections available from this dropdown menu are Bloomsbury Popular Music and Sound Studies.

Your institution will need to have access to each collection in order to continue browsing from the links in the respective landing pages.

Related Content

On each content page, including book chapters, the left-hand column of the page will show Subject information, including Artist(s), Content Type, Music Genre, Period(s), Place, and Topic(s). All content on the site is tagged using these terms and clicking on any of the listed links will lead to all content tagged with that term.

Under the Subject section, a Related Content section will appear. All content on Bloomsbury Music and Sound is organized as part of a powerful taxonomy. The taxonomy informs the links that appear in this section, showing content that is similar, allowing users to discover new and related content organically while using the platform.

Personal Accounts, Saving, and Folders

Create a personal account using the Sign-Up function to save content and searches in folders. Create an account by clicking the pink ‘Sign in’ link in the top right-hand corner of the site above ‘For Librarians.’ At the bottom of the pop-up window, click ‘Sign up now.’

After signing up or logging in to your personal account, you can save searches and content to folders. To save a search, click the ‘Save this Search’ button from any search results page, which appears on the top right side of the page.

To save content, locate the ‘Save’ icon in the top right-hand corner of any page of the content (directly under ‘Advanced Search’) that you wish to save. Clicking on ‘Save’ will enable you to save the URL of the relevant page into a folder. You can create multiple folders and save different content into each.

Access folders from ‘My Content’ under the welcome message in the top right corner of the site.


APA, MLA, and Chicago citations are available for all content on the platform. Click the ‘Citation’ button next to the Save and Print links. This will bring up a pop-up window with citation information that you can copy to clipboard or export as an RIS file.

Social Sharing

Clicking the ‘Share’ button on any content page will bring up a form with options to share content via email, Google plus, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, with options to personalize the message before posting or emailing.


Access the Librarians section of Bloomsbury Music and Sound using the ‘For Librarians’ navigation in the top navigation bar. The Librarian section provides useful information on the Benefits for Subscribing Institutions, MARC Records, Promotional Materials for the platform, information on Reviews and Awards, as well as Accessibility, Help, and Contact Us information.