The Recorded Sound Research Center has a number of onsite resources that are not searchable through the Library's website. If you can't find what you're looking for using our online tools, don't hesitate to get in touch with the librarians in the Recorded Sound Research Center!
There are several ways to search for recorded sound materials in the collections of the Library of Congress, including the Online Catalog, SONIC (the Recorded Sound Section's catalog), and collection guides and finding aids. It's important to note, however, that not all of our materials are discoverable using the catalogs and strategies described here.
- Include recording in one of the keyword fields to limit your results to only sound recordings materials.
- You can also Add Limits by clicking the white button right above the Search button.
- Search for audio materials by title. Many of the items in our collections are not fully cataloged, so subject access is limited. And keep in mind that we do not have a comprehensive catalog of all of our holdings.
SONIC (Sound Online Inventory and Catalog) is the Recorded Sound Section's database. SONIC allows you to search for 78's, 45's, copyright cassettes, and many broadcast and archival recordings. SONIC offers several kinds of searches. You can search by name, title, or subject, and by keyword.
If you can't find what you're looking for using SONIC or the Library's general catalog, we may still have it. A portion of our collections are not fully cataloged and searchable online, so always contact the Recorded Sound Research Center reference librarians if searching the catalogs doesn't yield any results. The Library has several onsite indexes, card catalogs, and internal databases that are not searchable online. The Recorded Sound reference librarians are always happy to help locate materials.
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Form and genre terms may assist you when searching by subject. See our guide to those terms at the link below.