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If you need assistance in this subject area, please contact New Zealand Collection staff at, or 837-9127, or the Music Academic Liaison Librarian, Anne Ferrier-Watson.


An online directory of academic, peer-reviewed, open access books. Search by keyword or browse by subject.
Coverage: Full text
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals, covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Oxford's Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas, in ebook format, in the arts and humanities; including History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
Coverage: 1785 - six years ago
The complete digital edition of the Times (London) is a primary source for researchers of world history, politics, and literature. Contains articles and letters to the editor from famous writers. The entire newspaper has been captured and is searchable, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photographs.
Coverage: Index
Access to records for over 1.2 billion items, including theses, books and articles from all parts of the world. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world, and grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals. There are links to full-text where this is available.


Written by New Zealand's foremost musicologist John Mansfield Thomson, this dictionary introduces over 100 New Zealand composers from the nineteenth century to 1990, with select lists of works, writings, and bibliographies.
This comprehensive history of the diverse and unheralded music of New Zealand focuses on performance from colonial times to the formation of the national symphony orchestra in 1947, and composition from Alfred Hill in the early 1900s to the flowering of local composers in the 1970s. Written by New Zealand's foremost musicologist John Mansfield Thomson.


This online peer-reviewed scholarly journal in the humanities published yearly by the Turnbull Library in association with the Friends of the Turnbull Library since 1940. It contains a wide range of material, with special emphasis on the societies of New Zealand, Australia, and the islands of the Pacific. Other topics are the history of printing, early printed books, John Milton and his contemporaries, and fine printing. These are areas in which the Alexander Turnbull Library’s own collections and research interests are particularly strong.


This "noisy library" provides information about the people, labels and scenes of nearly one hundred years of New Zealand popular music culture including waiata Maori, and Pacific and Asian music and musicians.  Visitors can enjoy music via Spotify and Soundcloud, videos via NZ Onscreen & Youtube; interviews and performances via Radio New Zealand; as well as images and discographies. Funded by NZ On Air and NZ On Screen.   AudioCulture is for everyone with an interest in New Zealand popular music, whether they are a music fan looking for entertaining information, an academic looking for facts and figures, or a nostalgia-buff going on a trip down memory lane.
DigitalNZ is the search site for all things New Zealand, and connects you to more than 39 million digital items on all topics from over 200 partners (libraries, museums, galleries, government departments, the media, community groups and others). Contains interviews, video, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, audio and artworks from past centuries to today.
MERC is devoted to developing the national and international profile of music education in Aotearoa New Zealand through its activities, partnerships and collaborations.
A large selection of WWI-era NZ sheet music, digitised by the National Library.
Recordings and information about both popular and concert music.
Ordered by composer surname, these recordings from New Zealand composers (from the RNZ Concert archive) have been digitised from their native formats (largely reel-to-reel tape) and relicensed for perpetual use online and on the airwaves. Includes works by David Hamilton, Dorothy Ker, Douglas Lilburn, Martin Lodge, John Psathas, Gillian Whitehead and Michael Williams.
Provides, fosters and promotes music by New Zealand composers through services and projects.