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American Song
Listen to and create playlists of music from a large historical collection of people, events and genres from America's past. Liner notes available in PDF. more info.

CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)
Includes photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video, and mixed media. Eras are prehistoric to contemporary. Museums are mostly U.S. more info.

Classical Music Library
Listen to and create playlists of classical music performances, as well as folk, musicals, soundtracks, opera, and world music. Time periods range from medieval to 21st century. Liner notes available in PDF. more info.

Classical Scores Library
Printable scores from various composers, genres, and time periods. Allows users to listen to audio recordings in Classical Music Library while viewing the score. more info.

Contemporary World Music
Listen to and create playlists of contemporary and traditional world music recordings from every continent. Liner notes available in PDF. more info.

Dance in Video
Offers video of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies from the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental improvisational dance, and modern concert dance. more info.

Discovering Collection
Content covers history, literature, biography, science, and social studies. Resources include primary sources, essays, critical analyses, biographies, creative works, and multimedia. more info.

Jazz Music Library
Listen to and create playlists of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. Liner notes available in PDF. more info.

Opera in Video
Opera performances captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses. Streaming available for mobile devices. more info.

Oxford Art Online
Classic art reference offering articles, maps, line drawings, and links to images. Includes images of signatures, historical auction records, and lists of museum holdings. more info.

Oxford Music Online
Biographies of composers, performers, conductors. Includes rock, pop, and jazz artists through history. Covers instruments, notation, forms, styles, individual works, timelines, dictionary. more info.

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Listen to and create playlists of world music traditions. Liner notes available in PDF. more info.

Theatre in Video
Offers streaming video of the world's leading plays and theater-related documentaries. Allows bookmarking and sharing. Content goes back to 1937. more info.

 

Websites

Art Cyclopedia: the fine art search engine 
Discover artists and movements by timeline, name, subject and nationality.

ArtLex Art Dictionary 
Glossary of terms used in discussing art.  Includes images, quotations, pronunciation guide and more.

FilmSite 
History of the Hollywood film industry from the pre-1900s through today. Resources include timelines, commentary, important milestones, analysis and “best of” lists.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History 
Browse by time period and region for essays and works of art. Presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia 
From the Library of Congress, resources include videos, sound files, manuscripts, sheet music, essays and more pertaining to music from around the world. 

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