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Music Resources Reading List

Here you will find a range of resources specifically curated for our Music and Sound students based on some of the popular resources on your music reading lists, as well as some books and eBooks personally selected by our Library Staff you may not have been aware of.  You will find these on our brilliant book displays in Headingley Library.  We have also included a variety of databases in this reading list to help you with your research.

Why not take a look at all of these fantastic resources both online and in the Library?  Music Resources Reading List

Broaden your research...

We've created a special version of Discover that searches the key music research tools. It's an ideal place to broaden your research or give your essay an edge using the latest research!

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Help with Discover

Need help with your research?

Check out your Music and Sound subject guide, where you can book an appointment with your Academic Librarian, Barbara Price!

Subject Guide


Check out our selection of CDs available at both campuses! Search the catalogue to find a range of CDs of popular music, rock music, soul music and reggae music


Key online resources for audio research

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an online TV and radio recording service, making it an ideal tool for accessing music broadcasts. You can choose and record any programme from over 65 TV and radio channels. 

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You may only access or use BoB in the United Kingdom. 

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Desktop DJ is a digitised copy of every UK Top 40 hit since November 1952, the US Hits 100 and further substantial collections of Pop, Jazz, Country, Film Soundtracks, Stage Shows, Classical and Comedy Music sections.

You will need a Special Password to access Desktop DJ.

Music Industry Data, formerly known as Academic Charts Online (ACO), measures the impact of music across countries and cultures.  It enables evidence based research across all genres from pop to classical, jazz and world music.


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Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 97,360 CDs with more than 1,413,500 tracks of both standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.


Did you know that the Library has a Spotify account? Click below to follow!  

Need some soothing sounds to listen to in order to feel relaxed whilst revising or writing an essay? Then check out our Relaxing Records playlist!

We've also got a Motivational Music playlist too to help you feel positive about studying!