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Library resources for staff and postgraduate students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Services for Distance Learning Students

To find more out about additional services available to you please see the Library support for distance learning page

Referencing resources

We have a number of bibliographic referencing tools. More information can be found in our Referencing Software guide. Refworks is a web-based tool and can be used online without installing software. There are also some excellent free resources such as Mendeley.


Seeker allows you to search several library resources at once e.g. e-book databases, e-journal databases newspapers, databases and the library catalogue

Finding resources on Seeker:

To look at items which you can access at University of St Andrews  - tick the box next to You have access (print or online)

If it is a print item then find it (or recall it from the library) as normal.

If there is a pdf or html link this means you can read the item straight away

If not click on Find full-text to see if the University has access to the article. 

Useful Arts Databases

Reference Resources

Credo Reference is a collection of serveral hundred major reference books including dictionaries, encyclopaedias and thesauri with a number of reference materials for the arts including:

  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Locations
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Performance and Production
  • The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music
  • The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music
  • The Harvard Dictionary of Music
  • Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera
  • The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
  • Opera: The Great Composers and their Masterworks

Oxford Reference Online includes

  • The Oxford Companion to the American Musical
  • The Oxford Companion to American Theatre
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Dance
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music 
  • The Oxford Companion to Music
  • A Dictionary of Opera Characters 
  • The Grove Book of Opera Singers
  • The Grove Book of Operas
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera 
  • The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
  • The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance
  • The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre

Oxford Art Online includes

  • Grove Art Online 
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Rock’s Backpages is an archive of music journalism


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