Oxford Music Online
  1. Logging In
  2. Home Page
  3. Quick Start
  4. 3.2. Browsing
  5. 3.3. Tools and Resources
  6. Article Structure
  7. 4.3. Archived Content (Grove Opera and Grove Jazz
  8. 4.4. Table of Contents
  9. 4.5. Article tab
  10. 4.6. Works tab
  11. 4.7. Multimedia tab
  12. 4.8. Related content tab
  13. 4.9. Cross-references
  14. 4.10. Highlight on/off
  15. 4.11. Printing an article
  16. 4.12. Sending an email link
  17. 4.13. Citing an article
  18. Navigating Oxford Music Online
  19. Results
  20. Browsing
  21. Technical information

Welcome to Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online (OMO) allows users to access and cross-search multiple Oxford Music reference titles in one location. The works currently included in Oxford Music Online are:

  •  Grove Music Online (includes the full texts of: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition)
  •  Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  •  The Oxford Companion to Music
  •  The Oxford Dictionary of Music

 

For more information about Oxford Music Online, click here.

To start using OMO straight away, you may prefer to jump to the Quick Start section of this document.

 

 

1.  Logging In

You, or your library or an institution to which you are affiliated, must have a current subscription to log in to Oxford Music Online.

For information about subscribing to OMO, click here.

 

1.1.  With user name and password

If you have your own subscription to one or more of the resources available through Oxford Music Online, type your user name and password in the login fields in the top left blue box.

Your password is case-sensitive.

If you have problems logging in, or have forgotten your password, please consult Subscriber services.

 

1.2.  From a subscribing institution

If you are logging in to Oxford Music Online from an institution which has a subscription, or if your institution uses a referring URL system, you should enter the site automatically.

If you are returned to the login page, please consult your system administrator or librarian.

 

1.3.  With your library card

Some libraries allow remote access to websites to which they subscribe. Your librarian can tell you if that option is available to you.

If your library does allow remote access, enter your library card number in the Library Card field on the home page. If you encounter difficulties entering the site using your library card number, please consult your librarian.

 

1.4.  Problems

If you are not a subscriber and tried to follow a cross-reference to Oxford Music Online, please use your browser's back button to return to what you were reading.

If you still have a problem, contact your system administrator or go to Subscriber services.

 

1.5.  Timing out

Every time you log in to Oxford Music Online you begin a session – a period during which the subscription system recognizes you as a user. If you log out, close your browser, spend some time in the public pages of the site, or simply do nothing in the OMO site for a while, your session will time out. If this happens, you will be asked to log in again.

If you are using your own computer, you can minimize this inconvenience by setting your browser to remember your username and password.

 

1.5.  Athens authentication

Members of participating Athens institutions with a subscription to one or more of the resources available through Oxford Music Online can now use the Athens service on and off campus with their personal Athens username and password. Please go to the Athens log in page or use your MyAthens link. Oxford Music Online is an Athens single sign-on (SSO) resource.

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2. Home Page

This section describes what you can see on the home page.

To start using Oxford Music Online straight away, you may prefer to go on to the Quick start section of Help.

 

2.1.  Site Header

Across the top of the screen is the site header which contains links to administrative and information resources. These appear on every page. 

  •  Home returns you to the home page
  •  About contains information about Oxford Music Online and the different source titles available
  •  What's New provides information about current updates and developments
  •  Subscriber Services provides help and contact details for questions about your subscription, and account management facilities for library administrators
  •  Contact us tells you how to contact customer services with your feedback
  •  Help opens these Help pages. When you click on this link, you will go to the section appropriate to the page you are on

Log out ends your session.

You can click on the Oxford Music Online logo from any page within the site to return to the home page.

 

2.2.  What's Inside

Listed under What's Inside you can see the names of the source titles included in your subscription. Follow the link to see more information on any title.

 

2.3.  Find Out More

Follow the links for more information on Oxford Music Online:

  •  Tools and Resources contains links to the abbreviations guides, timelines of music, research guides, and more
  •  What's New for information on the latest OMO developments and new content
  •  Timelines displays timelines of world art history
  •  Guided Tour gives a walk-through demo of the site
  •  Resources for Librarians provides information for librarians and administrators managing a subscription to one or more of the resources available through Oxford Music Online.

 

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3. Quick Start

This part of Help is designed to assist you start using Oxford Music Online right away. There are two main ways to access content on the site:

  •  Searching: type what you want to find into the Search Box
  •  Browsing: access articles via Oxford Music Online indexes

3.1. Searching

You can search all the source titles included in your subscription, or restrict your search to one or more specific source titles (e.g. Grove Music Online only).

3.1.1. Searching All Sources

To find information on a specific individual (e.g. Mozart) or topic (e.g. Habsburg) across all the available source titles:

1. On any page, type or paste the item you want to find into the Search Box at the top right-hand corner. Leave the "Search Only" tick-box unchecked.

2. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

 

3.1.2. Searching a Specific Source

To limit your search to the content of Grove Music Online:

1. On any page, type or paste the item you want to find into the search box at the top right-hand corner.

2. Check the “Search Only” tick-box beneath the search field. (Note: This box will remain checked throughout your session until you change it.)

3. Click Search or press Enter.

To restrict your search to other or multiple reference source titles in Oxford Music Online (e.g., Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music):

1. On the home page, type or paste the item you want to find in the Search by source box.

2. Check the title(s) of the source(s) you want to search.

3. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page(s).

3.1.3. Search Results

The matching entries are listed on the Results page(s).

The number of results appears at the top of the page. The results are listed in the main part of the page.

Each result consists of the name of the article, followed by a brief excerpt from the part of the article that contains your search term.

To view any of the results, click on it. The article is displayed with the matching term(s) highlighted.

You have the option to refine the results by limiting them to a particular source title and/or category using the Search Results panel. For more detailed information on viewing and filtering results, see Search Results.

3.1.3.1. Archived Content (Grove Opera and Grove Jazz)

The core content of Grove Music Online is made up of a combination of articles from several print Grove dictionaries along with articles commissioned for online and not available in print. Where articles on a single subject are available from two different print resources, these have been linked together and show as a single result in the search results page. A small icon next to the article name in the search results indicates a subject with more than one article:

Note to experienced Grove users: This is a change from the previous Grove sites where articles showed up individually in the search results with tags indicating articles from the Opera and Jazz dictionaries. These articles are still available in Grove Music Online, and are clearly marked when you open the article link.

For more information on the archiving of Opera and Jazz content, please visit About Grove Music Online.

3.1.4. Searching within this article

You can search only within the article you are viewing. This is helpful for articles that are spread over multiple pages, such as families (where each member has his or her own page) and large articles with multiple subsections (such as some country articles). It is also useful for articles on one page when searching for words with diacritics, which do not work in most browsers’ Find [CTRL + F] feature.

Look for the Search within this article link at the top left of each article.

1. Click on the plus sign [+] to expand the article search box, enter your term(s) and click Search.

2. The search box expands to display a list of hits.

3. Article headings orient the search hits within the context of the article.

4. Search terms will be highlighted within the text.

5. Click on a hit to jump to its placement in the article.

 

3.2. Browsing

Another way to view the material in Oxford Music Online is to browse its content indexes.

Below the Oxford Music Online logo is the browser bar. There are several indexes to choose from. They list the material across all the source titles covered by your subscription(s).

  •  All Content lists all the articles
  •  Biographies lists the biographies only
  •  Subject entries lists the non-biographical articles only
  •  Tools and Resources links to the abbreviations guide, timelines, thematic guides, and other research resources

 

3.2.1. Browsing an Index

To open an index click on its name in the browser bar. The first page of the index is displayed, with the list of alphabetical sections at the top of the screen. The items are shown in alphabetical order by article or image title. The item's category (e.g. Biography) is given in brackets and its source (e.g., Grove Music Online) is given below.

You can find your way around an index in a number of ways:

  •  To move to the next or previous page, click the Next or Previous button at the base of the page
  •  To move to the start of an alphabetical section (e.g. articles beginning with T), click on its initial letter at the top of the page
  •  To move quickly to the part of the index that matches a particular word or part of a word, type it into the Go To box and click GO or press Enter
  •  To select an index item, click on it. It is displayed in a separate window
  •  To view the next or previous page of the index, click Next or Previous

 

For more information on how articles are structured, see Article Structure.

3.2.2. Browsing a Specific Source

You can limit your browsing to one or more of the available sources (e.g. Grove Music Online only, or the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music). In addition, you may browse any of the sections and subsections of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Grove Music Online.

3.2.2.1. Browsing a Source

By default, all the sources are selected for browsing.

To confine your browsing to one or more specific source(s):

1. Click on (tick) the checkbox of each of the sources you want. (To deselect a source click on it a second time.)

2. Type or paste the item you want to find in the Search by title box.

3. Click Search or press Enter.

Note: Ticking all the checkboxes is the equivalent of selecting none. In both cases articles from all the sources will be displayed.

3.2.2.2. Specifying a Topic

To browse the topical sections of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music or Grove Music Online, click on the title's adjacent symbol to open out its sections. If a section contains further subsections it too is marked with a . Keep on opening subsections until you find what you want. When there are no further subsections to open the changes to a . To close a section, click on its symbol.

To confine your browsing to one or more of these sections, click on (tick) the checkbox of each of the sections you want. (To deselect a section click on it a second time.) The articles list is updated to show only articles from the section(s) you chose.

3.2.2.3. Archived Content (Grove Opera and Grove Jazz)

The core content of Grove Music Online is made up of a combination of articles from several print Grove dictionaries along with articles commissioned for online and not available in print. Where articles on a single subject are available from two different print resources, these have been linked together and show as a single result in the search results page. A small icon next to the article name in the search results indicates a subject with more than one article:

Note to experienced Grove users: This is a change from the previous Grove sites where articles showed up individually in the search results with tags indicating articles from the Opera and Jazz dictionaries. These articles are still available in Grove Music Online, and are clearly marked when you open the article link.

For more information on the archiving of Opera and Jazz content, please visit About Grove Music Online.

3.2.3. Searching from Browse View

3.2.3.1. Searching All Sources

1. Type or paste the item you want to find in the Search box in the top right-hand corner.

2. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

3.2.3.2. Searching a Specific Source

To restrict your search to one (or more) of the reference sources (e.g. the Oxford Companion to Music):

1. Type or paste the item you want to find in the Search content box.

2. Check the title(s) of the source(s) you want to search in the Browse content box below.

3. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

 

3.2.3.3 Searching Biographies and Subject Entries

To confine your search to biographies (articles about individuals, e.g. Wynton Marsalis) and subject entries (articles on specific topic, e.g. jazz):

1. Move to the Biographies or Subject entries page.

2. Type your search term into the Search biographies (or Search Subject Entries) box on the left.

3. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

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3.3. Tools and Resources

Another way to quickly familiarize yourself with Oxford Music Online content is via the Tools and Resources page:

  • Abbreviations: This is a list of Grove Music Online abbreviations, used for general terms, locations, periodical titles and standard reference books and series.
  • Timelines: These have been editorially compiled to lead the reader into the content of Grove Music Online, revealing areas of the dictionary that some readers may not yet have explored.
  • Thematic Guides: These are designed as suggestions for an introductory overview of the major periods of music history, with links to Grove Music Online articles.
  • Research Resources: Collected here are articles in Grove Music Online that consist of or include substantial lists of resources for the music researcher.

 

Click here to access Tools and Resources.

 

 

4. Article Structure

The article is displayed in the main part of the screen. If you found it as the result of a search (as opposed to browsing or via Tools and Resources), your search term is highlighted in the text. Articles also contain a number of other components which are described below.

 

4.1. Source title and entry title

The article's source and title are given at the top left (e.g. Grove Music Online; Sibelius, Jean).

The source title is the book or online resource where the entry is published:

  • Grove Music Online
  • The Grove Dictionary of Opera
  • The Grove Dictionary of Jazz
  • The Oxford Companion to Music
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Music
  • The Encyclopedia of Popular Music

 

4.2. Author and Signature Information

For Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music, the article’s author will be recorded in the blue box at the top left.

The signature will also appear at the bottom of the article or, for larger Grove Music articles, the article section.

4.2.1. Grove Music Online

If the article is has been written by two or more contributors, it will be recorded as, e.g.:

Jane Smith and John Doe

If an article has been revised, this will be indicated by a forward slash (/) separating author names. The name to the left of the / is the original author; to the right is the revising author:

John Doe/Jane Smith

For further information on OMO article attribution, see citing an article.

 

4.3. Archived Content (Grove Opera and Grove Jazz)

The core content of Grove Music Online is made up of a combination of articles from several print Grove dictionaries along with articles commissioned for online and not available in print. In order to make Grove Music Online a living, regularly updated resource, while maintaining the high standards of intellectual integrity for which Grove is known, we have established one ‘primary, living’ article on every subject in the dictionary. Where there is an article on a subject in The New Grove, second edition, that article is almost always chosen as the primary article. Articles on the same subject from other Grove Dictionaries (currently Opera and Jazz) are available on the site through a link from the primary article. These articles are referred to as ‘archived’ because they are static articles, not subject to regular updating.

 

4.4. Table of Contents

The article's contents are listed in the left-hand column. Larger articles may have subsections. The section headings can be viewed in the Table of Contents by expanding and collapsing the and buttons.

To view any of the sections or subsections listed, click on the heading in the Table of Contents.

 

4.5. Article Tab

This is selected when you first open the article. Click here to return to the main article text at any time.

 

4.6. Works Tab

Only applicable to Grove Music composer biographies. Click this tab to see a list of their works.

 

4.7. Multimedia Tab

Click here to view any related multimedia content associated with the article, such as images or musical extracts.

 

4.8. Related Content Tab

Click here to view more information related to the current article.

  • More articles lists more Oxford Music Online articles on the same subject (e.g. Sibelius, Jean)
  • Related articles list articles related to the subject (e.g. For Siblelius: Finland, Symphonic Poem, Symphony)

 

To view a related article, click on it.

 

4.9. Cross-references

Many articles contain cross-references, either to another part of the same article or to another article from the same sourc title. These are highlighted in blue. Click on a cross-reference to follow it.

 

4.10. Highlight On/Off

If you opened an article following a search, your search term is highlighted in yellow. To toggle highlighting on and off, click Highlight On/Off.

 

4.11. Printing an Article

To print the current article , click Print. The article will open in a new window in a printer-friendly format.

 

4.12. Sending an Email Link

To send an email link to the current article to someone else (regardless of whether they have an OMO subscription), click Email. Fill in the details as appropriate. The email will contain a link to the current article only, which article only, which the recipient will have access to for the next two weeks.

 

4.13. Citing an Article

Click Cite to view citation information for the current article in MLA and Chicago format. These citations can be cut and pasted directly into academic work. This page also contains links to tools enabling you to export citations to personal citation management packages in the following formats: EndNote™, ProCite™, ReferenceManager™, and RefWorks™.

Clicking on Cite will also provide you with a full list of article authors.

 

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5. Navigating Oxford Music Online

There are two main ways of finding content in Oxford Music Online:

  • Search You can search the whole of Oxford Music Online or search individual source titles. It is possible to search by data type, and by specifying biographical and bibliographic information. In The Encyclopedia of Popular Music you can also search by discography and videography.
  • Browse can be used to navigate the contents lists for Oxford Music Online source titles, together or separately, as you would with a printed book. It is possible to browse specific categories of articles.

 

5.1 Searching

There are two ways to search Oxford Music Online:

  • Quick search: This is a standard search in which you can use special characters, wildcards and Boolean operators if you wish.
  • Advanced search: A more complex search which allows you to confine your search to different parts of articles (entry title, bibliographies, etc.) or search specifically for biographies, bibliographies, discographies, and videographies.

 

5.2. Quick Search

By default, Quick Search searches the full text of ALL content available in Oxford Music Online. You can also limit your search to the content of only Grove Music Online by checking the tick-box below the search field, and this preference will persist throughout your session until you change it. If you would like to look only for entry titles matching your search term or search only in article bibliographies or works lists, use Advanced Search. Also use Advanced Search if you would like to limit your search to one or more source titles (e.g., Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music). You can also choose to search by source from the main search box in the center of the home page.

1. On any page, type or paste the item you want to find in the search box in the top right-hand corner:

2. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page. Click on a result to display it.

This quick search can be refined in a number of ways. Please visit the Quick Start section of this Guide for information on how to restrict your search to one or more sources.

5.2.1. General Search Tips

Here are some general tips to keep in mind when starting any search; they will help you get more accurate and relevant search results.

5.2.2. Searching for a phrase

To find a set phrase (.e.g. western plainchant), enter it in the search box surrounded by quotation marks ("western plainchant"). If you do not use quotation marks (western plainchant), the site will search for all articles containing both the words western AND plainchant, but not necessarily the two words together.

5.2.3. Upper and Lower Case

Enter your search terms in lower-case letters, unless you specifically want your search to take case into account. For example, entering conservatoire finds conservatoire and Conservatoire; however, entering Conservatoire will find Conservatoire only.

5.2.4. Special Characters

You need not enter accented letters in order to find words that contain accents. However, you can enter them if you want to only find a specific accented term. For example, a search for cafe will find cafe, café, Cafe, Café, CAFE and CAFÉ. A search for Café will find only Café.

Special characters can be pasted into the search box via your computer’s Character Map, using the keyboard equivalents given in Character Map, by typing the Unicode characters, using Alt key codes, via a regional keyboard, or by pasting them into the search box from another source.

5.2.5. Special Characters: Keyboard Equivalents

Certain special characters may also be entered using their keyboard equivalents. For example, Sibelius's birthplace Hämeenlinna may also be entered as Haemeenlinna. The following equivalents apply:

  • &auml, Ä = ae, Ae
  • æ, Æ = ae, Ae
  • ï, Ï = ie, Ie
  • ö, Ö = oe, Oe
  • Œ, œ = oe, Oe
  • ü, Ü = ue, Ue
  • ß = ss, SS (Browse mode only, not available in Search mode)

5.2.6. Wildcards

Wildcards * and ? may be used to replace letters of which you are unsure. ? represents a single letter; for example, entering c?t will find cat, cut, and cot. * may be used in place of one or more letters; for example, c*t will find cat, cut, and cot, but also carat, clot, count, chat, etc.

5.2.7. Boolean Operators

Boolean operators allow you to combine more than one term in your search, and to find terms near one another. The available Boolean operators are AND, OR, NOT, and NEAR. Type them directly into the search box in capital letters between terms. For example:

sand NOT sea

AND

AND finds all your search terms (e.g. sea AND land).

When you type more than one word into the Search box, OMO automatically assumes they are connected by AND.

Searching for sea land is the equivalent of searching for sea AND land. It finds entries which contain the term sea and the term land.

OR

OR finds any one or more of your search terms.

sea OR land finds entries which contain the word sea and entries which contain the word land, as well as entries which contain both.

NOT

NOT excludes a search term from your search.

sea NOT land finds entries which contain the word sea but not entries which contain the word land.

It's rarely advisable to use the NOT operator on its own, as it tends to generate very large numbers of results. NOT land, for example, would find every article that does not contain the word land.

NEAR

NEAR finds terms within a few words of one another.

sea NEAR land finds entries that contain the word sea within a few words of the word land.

Nesting queries using parentheses

Parentheses (or brackets) can clarify a Boolean search, if you are using more than two search terms. For example:

(sea OR ocean) AND land finds entries which contain the terms sea and land and entries which contain the terms ocean and land.
This differs from
sea OR (ocean AND land)
which finds terms entries containing sea or entries containing ocean and land.

 

5.3. Advanced Search

Advanced Search allows you to confine your search to different parts of articles (title, bibliographies, etc.) or search specifically for biographies, bibliographies, discographies, and videographies.

Using Advanced Search, you may also choose to search only particular reference sources (e.g. Grove Music Online). To learn more about each of the sources available in Oxford Music Online and how they differ, please visit the About page.

Click Advanced Search to open the Advanced Search page. There are several options:

  • Main Search: searches a particular type of text (e.g. entry titles, bibliographies, contributors, works lists)
  • Biography Search: performs a detailed search on biography using details such as occupation, nationality, dates of birth or death
  • Bibliography Search: finds publications by author/editor and/or year of publication
  • Discographies and Compilations Search: searches on such details as label, year of release, or star rating
  • Videographies Search: searches on such details as artist, label, and/or year of release

 

For each type of search you need to enter your search term(s) in the relevant field(s) and then click Search.

5.3.1. Searching a Specific Title and Topic

By default, Advanced Search will search all content available in Oxford Music Online. However, in all types of Advanced Search (with the exception of Videography) you have the option to restrict your search to one or more source titles or topical categories. Discography and Videography searches are only available with the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

Click on (tick) the checkbox of each of the source titles you want to include in your search. For more information about the different source titles available through Oxford Music Online, click here.

Grove Music Online and Encyclopedia of Popular Music contain multiple subcategories. Clicking on the and buttons reveals the categories as trees with sections and subsections.

To further restrict your search to one or more sections, use the and buttons to find the sections you want, then select by clicking their checkboxes. To close a section, click on the button.

To start the search click Search.

Note: Ticking all the checkboxes is the equivalent of selecting none. In both cases articles from all the sources will be displayed.

5.3.2. Main Search

A standard search covers the full text of all articles. The Main Searchallows you to narrow your search to specific parts of an article: full article text, entry title, bibliography, contributor, or works list. Please note that you can only select one of these fields at a time.

  • Full Article Text: searches the complete text of an article (excluding the bibliography) for a particular term or phrase
  • Entry Title: searches only article titles. For example, a search for "Lennon" will find John Lennon, but not The Beatles
  • Bibliography: searches the complete text of article bibliographies. Note that you may use bibliographic abbreviations in this search – for example, searching "MM" will yield the same results as "Modern Music." To search specific bibliographic categories (author, title etc), use the Bibliography Search
  • Contributor: finds articles by contributors to Grove Music Online and The Oxford Companion to Music. Input the contributor name for a list of their articles
  • Works List: finds data from Grove Music Online composer works lists. This is a general field, which will find any kind of data from within the Works list. Note that you may use general abbreviations in this search – for example, searching "kbd" will also yield results for "keyboard"

Boolean, wildcard and all other types of special searching can be used with the Main Search. For further details of these, refer to General Search Tips.

5.3.3. Biography Search

There are several different ways to search biographies in Oxford Music Online:

  • Name: type in the name of the person(s) you wish to search for. You may use last name only (e.g. "Holst"), or first name and last name combined (e.g. "Gustav Holst" OR "Holst, Gustav.")
  • Occupation: allows you to search for individuals with a particular occupation, whether percussionist or composer. Note that entering "singer" will return results including tenors, sopranos, etc. However, entering "alto" will return only alto singers.
  • Nationality or country of activity: allows you to search for persons who were either from or active in a particular country. Note that you may enter "Italian" or "Italy" and receive the same results.
  • Year of Birth/Death: allows you to search for persons who were born or who passed away in a particular year. Use wildcards to search a group of years – for example, Year of Birth = 185* will search for all persons born in the 1850s.
  • Place of birth (Grove Music Online content only): allows you to search for persons born in a particular city or country (e.g. "Paris" or "Japan")
  • Place of death (Grove Music Online content only): allows you to search for persons who passed away in a particular city or country (e.g. "Paris" or "Japan")

 

Match all fields is selected by default. This means that a result must match ALL of your search terms to be found.

Select Match any field to find biographies which match ANY of your search terms.

5.3.4. Bibliography Search

A Bibliography Search allows you to search for works cited in the article bibliographies by typing in a search term (e.g. Sadie) and/or using details of:

  • Author/Editor name: allows you to search for articles whose bibliographies contain works by a particular author or editor. To get the best results, use the last name only, or, the last name followed by the first initial
  • Book or journal title: allows you to search for articles whose bibliographies contain a particular book or journal. Note that you may use bibliographic abbreviations in this search – for example, searching "MM" will yield the same results as "Modern Music."
  • Year of publication: allows you to search for articles whose bibliographies contain works published in a particular year
  • Chapter or article title: (Grove Music Online content only): allows you to search chapter or article titles from bibliographies of Grove Music Online articles

 

Match all fields is selected by default. This means that a result must match ALL of your search terms to be found.

Select Match any field to find bibliographies which match ANY of your search terms.

Boolean, wildcard and all other types of special searching can be used with the Bibliography Search. For further details of these, refer to General Search Tips.

5.3.5. Discographies and Compilations Search

Discography and Compilation Search allows you to search the musical works of the artists included in theEncyclopedia of Popular Music.

There are several different ways to search discographies in Oxford Music Online:

  • Album Title: allows you to search all artist discographies for albums with a particular title
  • Year of Release: allows you to search for albums released in a particular year
  • Label: allows you to search for albums released by a particular label
  • Rating: allows you to search for albums given a particular rating by the editor of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music

 

If you want to include compilations in your results, check Compilations.

Match all fields is selected by default. This means that a result must match all your search terms to be found.

Select Match any field to find bibliographies which match any of your search terms

5.3.6. Videographies Search

Videography Search allows you to search the film works of the artists included in the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

There are several different ways to search videographies in Oxford Music Online:

  • Video title: allows you to search all artist videographies for films with a particular title
  • Label/Distributor: allows you to search for films released on by a particular label or distributor
  • Year of Release: allows you to search for films released in a particular year

 

Match all fields is selected by default. This means that a result must match ALL of your search terms to be found.

Select Match any field to find bibliographies which match ANY of your search terms.

Boolean, wildcard and all other types of special searching can be used with the Videography Search. For further details of these, refer to General Search Tips.

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6.  Search Results

The results of your search are displayed on the Search Results page(s). To move to the next or previous page of results, click the Next Page or Previous Page buttons, located at the top and bottom of each page, or use the page numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.)

The number of results appears at the top of the page. The standard number of results is 25 per page, but you can alter this (up to a maximum of 100) by clicking on the Results Per Page, box, choosing an alternative number, and clicking Go.

 

6.1.  Results Display

Each result consists of the name of the article and the article's source (e.g. Grove Music Online).

When the result listed is a direct headword match (i.e. the name of the article is exactly the same as your original search term) an excerpt from the very beginning of the article will be shown. When the result listed is a full-text match, the excerpt shows will be from the portion of the article that includes your original search term(s). This helps you determine whether or not the result shown is relevant to your research.

To view a result, simply click on it. The article is then displayed with your original search term(s) highlighted.

6.1.1.  Article Sections

For large Grove Music Online articles that have been split into subsections, the results list will include the main entry title as well as the subtitles for each of the subsections.

For example, for Mozart, the main family article will be listed (Mozart), as will the article sections for each family member (Mozart: (3) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart). You can easily access the main article by opening one of the subsections, and navigating through the article’s table of contents.

 

6.2.  Results Ordering

Search results in Oxford Music Online are ordered in the following manner:

  • Articles/Images whose title (or alternate spelling) directly matches your original search term(s) will be listed first.
  • Articles containing a section heading whose title directly matches your original search term(s) will be listed second.
  • Articles/Images will then be listed in order of the "density" of your original search term(s) in the article. This is calculated by examining the number of times your original search term(s) appear in relation to the length of the article.
  • Assuming two articles/images equally meet one of the criteria above (e.g. there are two articles both titled "Beethoven"), biographies will be listed before subject entries, and Grove Music Online content will be listed before Oxford reference content.

 

6.3.  Filtering Results

The blue box headed Display results from, found on the left-hand side of the Search Results page, contains names of source titles included in Oxford Music Online. If you are searching within a source title, its name will be ticked.

The box Display results that are lists data types: biography, subject entries, images. If you are searching within a category, its name will be ticked.

You can refine your results by source title and/or topic (e.g. Grove Music Online, subcategory People in history), as well as by type of content (e.g. Biographies).

In the box on the left headed Display results from: click on the sources and topic(s) you want (using the and buttons to open and close any subcategories), and then click Go.

 

6.4.  Modifying your Search

If the results list was produced by an Advanced Search, you can modify the terms of that search by clicking Refine your search. This opens the Advanced Search panel with your current search terms still displayed.

Alternatively, click Advanced Search to run an entirely new search.

 

6.5.  Printing Results

To print the Results list, click Print. The results list will open in a new window in a printer-friendly format.

 

6.6. Sending an Email Link

To send an email link to the current results list to someone else (regardless of whether they have an OMO subscription), click Email. Fill in the details as appropriate. The email will contain a link to the current results list only, which will be valid for the next two weeks.

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7.  Browsing

Another way to view the material in Oxford Music Online is to browse its content indexes, in the way you could browse a printed book.

Below the Oxford Music Online logo is the browser bar. There are several indexes to choose from. They list the material across all the source titles covered by your subscription.

  • All Content lists all articles
  • Biographies lists biographies only
  • Subject entries lists non-biographical articles only
  • Learning Resources links to additional resources: the timelines, thematic guides, and research resources

 

7.1.  Browsing an Index

From the browser bar, click on an index to open it. The first page of the index is displayed, with the list of alphabetical sections at the top of the screen.

The items are shown in alphabetical order by entry title. The item's data type (e.g. Biography) is given in brackets and its source title (e.g. Grove Music Online) is given below.

You can find your way around an index in a number of ways:

  • To move to the next or previous page, click the Next or Previous button at the top or bottom of the page
  • To move to the start of an alphabetical section (e.g. articles beginning with T), click on its initial letter at the top of the page
  • To move quickly to the part of the index that matches a particular word or part of a word, type it into the Go To box and click GO or press Enter

To select an index item, click on it.

When you open an article, you will see navigation buttons at the top right: Previous result, Browse list, Next result. You can use Previous and Next to view articles in alphabetical order, or go back to where you were in the browse results by clicking "Browse List."

 

7.2. Browsing a Specific Source Title

You can limit your browsing to one or more of the available source titles (e.g. Grove Music Online only, or the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music). In addition. You may also browse any of the sections and subsections of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Grove Music Online.

Selecting an index, for example "Biographies," will produce a list of all Oxford Music Online biographies.

To confine your browsing to one or more specific source titles:

1. Click on (tick) the checkbox of each of the source titles you want. (To deselect a source title click on it a second time.)

2. Click Go within the Browse Biographies From box*

*If you are searching All Content, or Subject Entries, this box will be labeled accordingly, e.g.: Browse Content From.

Note: Ticking all the checkboxes is the equivalent of selecting none. In both cases articles from all the source titles will be displayed.

 

7.3. Browsing by Topic

Grove Music Online and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music contain multiple subcategories. Clicking on the and buttons reveals the categories as trees with sections and subsections.

If a section contains further subsections it too is marked with a . Keep on opening subsections until you find what you want. When there are no further subsections to open the changes to a . To close a section, click on its symbol.

To refine your browsed contents to one or more of these sections, click on (tick) the checkbox of each of the sections you want. (To deselect a section click on it a second time.)

Click Go at the bottom of the Browse Content/Biographies/Subjects from box. The articles list is updated to show only articles from the section(s) you chose.

 

7.4. Searching from Browse View

As well as searching via Quick Search and Advanced Search, you can find specific articles from the Browse pages. The Browse search follows the same principle as Quick Search, but allows you to automatically include current Browse criteria in your search - for example, Grove Music Online content only.

7.4.1. Searching All Source Titles

To find items within a Browse index (All Content, Biographies, Subject Entries):

1. From the browser bar, enter Browse index you want to search (e.g.: Biographies)

2. Type or paste the item you want to find in the Search box on the left, under the browser bar.

3. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

7.4.2. Searching a Specific Source Title

To restrict your search to one (or more) of the source titles (e.g. the Oxford Companion to Music):

1. Check the source titles you want to search in the Browse box on the left of the contents list (this will be described as Browse content, Browse biographies or Browse subjects, depending on which index you are in).

Click Go to refine your search by source title.

2. Type or paste the item you want to find in the Search box (this will be described as Search content, Search biographies or Search subjects, depending on which index you are in).

3. Click Search or press Enter.

The list of matching entries is displayed on the Search Results page.

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8.  Technical information

 

8.1.  Browsers, Settings, and Cookies

Will OMO work with my browser?

Any modern browser should perform well with OMO. Specifically, the site will work on a PC with Windows 95 or higher, using:

  • Firefox
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For Mac users, the site will work on a Mac with OS9 or OSX, using:

  • Firefox
  • Safari

 

What settings should I have on my browser?

Generally, OMO will perform best with your browser's default settings.

To log into OMO, your browser must be set to accept cookies. See Accessing the OMO for more details.

To use many of its features you must have JavaScript turned on.

 

Text size
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At the very largest text sizes, some features in the navigation area at the top of the screen and in the grey navigation bar may have become so large that they are partially hidden behind each other. All these features will continue to work, so long as they are at least partially visible.

Screen resolution
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Accessibility

Wherever possible, OMO meets Conformance level A (Priority 2) of the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). We have tried to avoid the use of non-W3C formats, and have run Bobby validation for Priority 2 accessibility. Where we have not been able to make a particular feature more accessible, we have tried to ensure that it degrades gracefully.

Please Contact us if you believe barriers remain.

Navigation using your keyboard
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