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Music: Websites

General Guide for Music Research.

Google Custom Search Engine for MUSIC

This Google Custom Search Engine will search
over 622 music related websites.

Use the search tips below
to better search in this one box.

Music Research

Google Search Tips

10 Expert Google Search Tips

 

  1. Explicit Phrase:
    Lets say you are looking for content about music theory.  Instead of just typing music theory into the Google search box, you will likely be better off searching explicitly for the phrase.  To do this, simply enclose the search phrase within double quotes.
    Example: "music theory"
  2. Exclude Words:
    Lets say you want to search for content about music theory, but you want to exclude any results that contain the term classroom.  To do this, simply use the "-" sign in front of the word you want to exclude.
    Example Search: "music theory" -classroom
  3. Site Specific Search:
    Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase.  Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the "site:somesite.com" modifier.
    Example: "music theory" site:www.dolmetsch.com/
  4. Similar Words and Synonyms:
    Let’s say you are want to include a word in your search, but want to include results that contain similar words or synonyms.  To do this, use the "~" in front of the word.
    Example: "music theory" ~transposition
  5. Specific Document Types:
    If you’re looking to find results that are of a specific type, you can use the modifier "filetype:".  For example, you might want to find only PowerPoint presentations related to internet marketing.
    Example: "music theory" filetype:ppt
  6. This OR That:
    By default, when you do a search, Google will include all the terms specified in the search.  If you are looking for any one of one or more terms to match, then you can use the OR operator.  (Note:  The OR has to be capitalized).
    Example: internet marketing OR advertising
  7. Numeric Ranges:
    This is a rarely used, but highly useful tip.  Let’s say you want to find results that contain any of a range of numbers.  You can do this by using the X..Y modifier (in case this is hard to read, what’s between the X and Y are two periods.  This type of search is useful for years (as shown below), prices or anywhere where you want to provide a series of numbers.
    Example: composer 1840..1950
  8. Stock (Ticker Symbol):
    Just enter a valid ticker symbol as your search term and Google will give you the current financials and a quick thumb-nail chart for the stock.
    Example: GOOG
  9. Calculator:
    The next time you need to do a quick calculation, instead of bringing up the Calculator applet, you can just type your expression in to Google.
    Example: 48512 * 1.02
  10. Word Definitions:
    If you need to quickly look up the definition of a word or phrase, simply use the "define:" command.
    Example: define:subito
Adapted from the HubSpot Blog

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World Music Websites

Misc. Useful

These websites can be fun and yet are useful search and research sites.