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Musical Theater: Find Recordings

Use SUMMON to Find Recordings at SU Libraries!

SUMMON, the main search box on the Libraries home page, searches:

  • CDs, LPs, DVDs, and VHS in Bird Library
  • Streaming audio in Naxos, Naxos Jazz, and Alexander Street
  • Streaming video in Alexander Street
  • Select recordings from the Belfer Audio Archive

Search in Summon screenshot

SUMMON Search Tips:

  1. Choose your keywords:
    • For known musical or dance works:
      • Enter composer last name and main words from the work title. Add a performer name as well if desired.
      • For vocal music, try entering the song/aria title in quotes. Or, do a second search for the name of the larger work (opera, musical, oratorio, etc) without the song title.
    • For documentaries or to browse a specific style of music: Enter names of countries, instruments, styles, or other subject terms.
  2. Limit search results to content type (note: you may have to click "more" to see all the options)
    • For sound recordings, choose "music recording" and "streaming audio"
    • For video recordings, choose "video recording" and "streaming video"
  3. Use call numbers and icons to identify the type of recording and location for access.
Type Icon Call # example Location
CDs Summon recording icon Compact Disc 12345

Request at Bird Library 3rd floor service desk (immediate retrieval, check out for 7 days)

LPs Summon recording icon M 1507 .B72 Shelved on Bird Library 4th floor
Streaming music Available Online Access on your computer
DVDs, VHS Summon video icon

Video DVD 12345

Videocassette 123

Request at Bird Library 3rd floor service desk (immediate retrieval, check out for 24 hours)
Streaming video Summon streaming video icon Available online Access on your computer
Cylinders, 78s, etc. Summon recording icon
Request listening session from Belfer Audio Archive (wait time around 10 business days)

Streaming Video Library Databases