The following ebooks have been added to the Ball State Libraries' ebook collection or have recently been published online:
Music Education & Performance
Music History, Interpretation, & Philosophy
Jazz & Jazz History
Music Composition, Technology, and Theory
World, Folk, and Recent Popular Music Styles
OneSearch is the Ball State Libraries' integrated discovery tool for books, articles, recordings, scores, and other library material. It also indexes selected trustworthy online resources and incorporates subscription databases such as Academic Search Premier. On the Libraries' home page, you will see a simple search box:
After searching for your topic, you may find more resources than you need. You can narrow down your results by using the facets listed to the left of the search results. Some online books have been purchased or indexed by the Ball State Libraries. Checking on "Library Catalog" will search for these curated items:
Content Type refers to specific formats:
The results list will include both physical and online books. Click on "Full Text" to see the ebooks available through the Libraries' Catalog:
Project Gutenberg was one of the first online collections of ebooks. Most of the books are from the 19th century, many written by composers, so they are good primary sources for research on music of that period. The site has assigned the same Library of Congress Subject Headings used in library catalogs, including Ball State's catalog in OneSearch. Click on the links below to browse by subject:
OpenLibrary.Org allows users to upload books, so there are many books not found elsewhere. To browse the books on music, click this link. There is a separate listing of books about music theory at this link.
Google Books (books.google.com) is the result of a collaboration between Google, libraries, and publishers to make content available online. Usually, only public domain books are available as full-text, like Project Gutenberg above. If only a preview is available, you can search the contents and preview just the portions that relate to your search terms. If you want to read the book after seeing the preview, you will have to borrow it from a library or purchase the book.
Additional features of Google Books:
"My Library" Using your google.com or gmail account, you can curate your own library from within the Google Books domain. You can also purchase books through Google Play and add them to free books you have selected from your library.
To search for available books, use title, subject, or author keywords, select "Only Materials I Can Access," and then click on "Book." Results for "book chapter" indicate a scholarly article that has been published in a book consisting of scholarly articles.