Articles and Databases

  • African American Music Reference | (Alexander Street Press)
    Includes essays, images and liner notes covering jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrels, R&B, gospel and more.
  • American Book Prices Current | (ABPC)
    Accessible only in the Main Library
    American Book Prices Current is a database of auction records for books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, and broadsides sold in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, from September 1975-present. Each record gives title, format, date of publication, edition, limitation (number of copies printed), and price of sale. The database is updated every month. Please read ABPC’s homepage for more information.Sept 1975-present
  • American Song | (Alexander Street Press)
    American Song is a history database consisting of over 16,000 tracks users select and listen to over the Internet. You'll find songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys.
  • Art Full Text | (Wilson)
    Articles covering a wide range of art subjects.FULL TEXT1929 - present
  • CAMIO - Catalog of Art Museum Images Online | (OCLC)
    Includes almost 100,000 high-resolution images from museums around the world, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and SFMOMA. Images are rights cleared for educational use.3000 BCE - present
  • Classical Music in Video | (Alexander Street Press)
    A collection of classical music performances and masterclasses. Stream to your computer or mobile device.
  • Classical Music Library | (Alexander Street Press)
    Listen, over the Internet, to tens of thousands of classical recordings, many of which have links to supplementary reference information. The collection ranges from Medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas, and the avant-garde.
  • Classical Music Reference Library | (Alexander Street Press)
    Includes essays, images, and liner notes from Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music and other sources.
  • Classical Scores Library: Volumes I and II | (Alexander Street Press)
    Classical Scores Library contains hundreds of thousands of pages of important classical music scores.
  • Contemporary World Music | (Alexander Street Press)
    Listen to world music recordings over the Internet. Contemporary World Music consists of over 12,000 individual recordings in genres like world dance, neo-traditional, world fusion, and many others.
  • Dance in Video | (Alexander Street Press)
    A collection of videos covering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance. Stream videos to your computer or mobile device.
  • Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection
    Index to over 10,000 popular songs from the San Francisco Public Library's Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection.
  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text | (Ebsco)
    Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews. Includes more than 380 publications as well as full text for more than 120 journals, and 100 books.FULL TEXT1914 - present
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online | (Alexander Street Press)
    Includes essays and images covering music from around the world.
  • hoopla | (Midwest Tape)
    Hoopla is a new online platform for libraries whereby patrons can check out their favorite movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. You’ll find newly released popular music titles, the latest audiobook titles from the New York Times best seller list as well as movie and TV favorites. Check our FAQ for software requirements and other details.
  • Jazz Music Library | (Alexander Street Press)
    Jazz Music Library is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. This release includes 4,974 albums and 60,093 tracks, growing regularly.
    Full text academic journals going back to 1838.FULL TEXT1838 - 3 years ago
  • Music Index | (Ebsco)
    The Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present. This database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals.
  • Music Online | (Alexander Street Press)
    Search all the Alexander Street Press music streaming databases in one place. The SFPL subscriptions include: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
  • Opera in Video | (Alexander Street Press)
    A collection of videos covering the operatic canon. Stream to your computer or mobile device.
  • Oxford Art Online
    Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.
  • Oxford Music Online
    Includes The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and Grove Dictionary of Opera online.FULL TEXTPublished 2001
  • Price It! Antiques & Collectibles | (Gale)
    An online pricing tool for antiques and collectibles in more than 100 categories. Pricing information comes from various sources like online auctions (eBay), online antique dealers (GoAntiques & TIAS) and land-based auction houses.
  • Rock's Backpages
    An unprecedented collection of over 22,000 articles covering music journalism from the 60's to current times. Popular magazines like Cream, Rolling Stone and MOJO can be found here full-text. There is also an interesting collection of over 350 audio interviews with musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Cobain.FULL TEXT
  • Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries® | (Alexander Street Press)
    This streaming music database includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label, the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records and many other labels who record diverse musical forms.
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