Find streaming audio

The University of Minnesota Libraries offers access to a number of options for finding streaming audio. Look below this list for more information on how to use several of the resources linked here!

Tips for using Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library Jazz are great places to find hundreds of thousands of streaming audio tracks. The Naxos interface allows you to search for something specific; to browse by category (concerto, opera, ballet, blues, and many more); and to discover new music by checking out Naxos's suggested albums. If you're looking for a playlist created for your UMN Music History class by a faculty member, you'll also find these linked from the Naxos Music Libary homepage.

An image of the Naxos Music Library homepage with arrows pointing to the search box in the upper right corner and the Playlists link in the left-side menu for accessing Music History course playlists created by UMN faculty.

Once you open an album in Naxos Music Library or Naxos Music Library Jazz, select individual tracks or the whole album and start the player by clicking the large "Play" button on the right side of the screen. Many albums also include PDF versions of liner notes, which are great resources for music research! If there's a link that says "Booklet" on the left side of the screen, click it and you'll be directed to a PDF of the album's booklet. Lastly, Naxos gives you the information you'll need to cite the resource you're using; check for this under "Album Information" on the left side of the screen.

Image of the Naxos Music Library item-level interface, highlighting where to click to select individual tracks or a whole album; the play button to open the NML player; the link to access a PDF version of album liner notes; and where to check for album information to be able to cite the source.





Tips for using Classical Music Library, Music Online: Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound

The Alexander Street Press audio databases include Western classical, contemporary and historical world music, jazz, and more. The interface for each of these databases looks similar - you can browse by title, genre, place, performer, and more. Use the search box in the middle of the page (not the one at the top!) to search in individual collections, and sign up for a free account to make playlists and create clips by clicking the "Sign in" icon at the top right corner.

Image of the Smithsonian Global Sound database, one of the Alexander Street Press suite of audio databases. The options for browsing by genre, place, performer, composer, and more are highlighted, and the search box in the middle of the page for searching the individual collection is circled (the search box at the top of the screen is crossed out because users should avoid using this). Lastly, the "Sign in" icon at the top right of the screen is circled.


Instructions for creating playlists and clips in Alexander Street Press streaming databases:

Last Updated: May 11, 2021 12:51 PM