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This guide is intended to connect you to our library resources to assist you in your research. Click on the tabs above for information on how to find books, articles, streaming videos, citation assistance, and more. Contact your librarian with any questions.

Did you know the library has…..?
  • Tons of biographies on current and classic musicians
  • Books on how to play and read music
  • Books with sheet music

New Books

Check out some of our newer titles. Click on the cover to view the book in the catalog.

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Library Catalog

Find books, DVDs, government documents, and more from any of the 5 CAC Libraries and all of the Pinal County Public Libraries.

If the book you want is at a different campus or one of the public libraries, hit the request button and enter your login information. Your barcode is found on your ID (not your 880 number) and your password is the last 4 numbers of your phone number.

Your student or staff ID is your library card. Twenty items can be checked out at one time, books for 3 weeks and DVDs for 10 days.

Use the call number to find items on the shelf.

  • M-Music and Books on Music


Lists materials from libraries worldwide and can be checked out through InterLibrary Loan. Come and speak to a library staff member to request books.



Under Legacy View search eBooks by keyword(s) under Quick Search. Click on Subject Category to find Music & Performing Arts under the category Popular Culture.

eBook Collection (EBSCO)

Search by keyword(s) through a growing collection of books covering a wide range of topics.

Gale eBooks

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword(s), or select Arts under Browse Collections. Search within the Arts subject by entering music or musician into the search box.

*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Instructional Videos

Here are some instructional videos on using your library account online and accessing the library’s eBooks. You can view more of our instructional videos on our YouTube page.

Journal Articles*

Academic OneFile

In addition to using search terms in a keyword search, Academic OneFile lets you search in a way that gives you a good overview of the number of articles on a certain subject. For example: click on Subject Guide Search and enter Musicians, Music History, or Music Theory as a search term. Click on the link for Subdivisions to find articles on specific topics within the overall subject or click on Related Subjects to find broader, narrower, and related terms.


Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box. OmniFile also lets you search by subject. Click the Advanced Search link and select SU Subject from the drop-down Select a Field (optional) menu to the right of the search box.

*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Enter your terms as a keyword search to find broad background information on a topic.

Fine Arts Collection

Search by keyword(s) to fine information on drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

Gale Power Search

Search by keyword(s) all available Gale databases from just one place or select specific ones to search.

Pop Culture Universe

Search by keyword(s) for your topic. Under Browse Topics, you can browse by eras.

Streaming Videos*

Films on Demand

Find full length streaming videos by entering a keyword in the Search box. Click on the triple bar symbol to view all subjects, which includes the subject Music & Dance with subcategories such as Music History and World Music.

Digital Magazines

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly covers film, television, music, theater, books, and popular culture, with critical reviews and entertainment media news.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone includes features on musical artists, music reviews, movie reviews, and political stories.

Suggested Search Terms

Music, Musician, Composer, Music artist, Songwriter, Singers, Band, Musical group, Lyricist, Recording industry, Musicianship, Composition, Performing arts, Music history, History of music, Musicology, Music- history and criticism, Rock music- history, Music composition, Music theory, Music criticism, Music interpretation, Musical instruments, Musical Scores

You can also search by a musician’s or composer’s name, type of instrument, or genre of music, such as ‘jazz or ‘country.’

Instructional Videos

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MLA 9th ed.


Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Edition if needed, Publisher, Publication Date.


Haenfler, Ross. Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subculture. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2016.

Journal Articles from a Library Database

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Publication Date, Page Range (p. for 1 page, pp. for multiple). Title of Container, URL (without the https://).


McDermott, Jim. “My Inner Zombie: Living with ‘The Walking Dead.” America, vol. 213, no. 12, 26 Oct. 2015, p. 29. Academic OneFile, ps/

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

MLA 9th ed. Handout (PDF)

APA 7th ed.

Books and eBooks

Author, A. A., Second, B. B., & Third, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI or URL if available.


Wilson, F. (1998). The hand: How its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture. Pantheon.

Print and Electronic Journal Article

Author(s), A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI or URL if available.


Craner, P. M. (1991). New tool for an ancient art: The computer and music. Computers and the Humanities25(3), 303-313.

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

APA 7th ed. Handout (PDF)

Purdue Owl

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a very respected website that can provide guidance on many of the finer points of citing in MLA or APA.


RefWorks is an easy to use citation manager that can help you…

  • Access and manage research information online, from any browser.
  • Import references from CAC Library databases and websites.
  • Generate and format bibliographies in virtually any style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) in seconds.

RefWorks is offered free to all CAC students and you can set up your account any time you are ready.  Simply follow the link below and create your account using your campus e-mail address.  After you create your account, RefWorks offers an easy tutorial when you get started.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian or the Learning Center staff with any other questions you might have.

Live Music Venues

Phoenix Area

Rock and Pop

Crescent Ballroom

Crescent Ballroom is a mid-sized music venue in Downtown Phoenix with live music every day.

Last Exit Live

Last Exit Live is a live music venue located in the Historic Warehouse district of Downtown Phoenix featuring both national touring and local acts.

Marquee Theatre

With its array of national headliners, the Marquee Theatre has become a local landmark in the eyes of music fanatics.

Musical Instrument Museum

MIM displays more than 6,800 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves.

The Nash

The Nash is Arizona Premier Jazz Venue in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

The Nile Theater

The venue has returned and features up-and-coming hardcore, punk, metal and rock shows.

The Pressroom

The Pressroom, once in a 1920s printing press facility that was transformed into a multi-event center, has now moved to Tempe. It is a multi-faceted events venue, featuring full state of the art production in-house with sound, stage, lighting, and security included in any events rental.

Rebel Lounge

Live-music venue with a full bar hosting emerging bands representing a variety of genres.

Valley Bar

Music, film, spoken word & comedy showcased in an intimate venue with a game room & cocktail lounge.


The Van Buren is a state-of-the-art concert venue in downtown Phoenix presenting acts of all genres including indie rock, hip-hop, country, metal, reggae, EDM and more.


Live music in Tempe has had a home at Yucca Tap Room since the early 1970′s with a variety of music from the local scene, as well as nationally-recognized acts, 365 days a year.

Blues and Jazz


Home of the best in blues, r&b, funk and soul that the valley of the sun has to offer


Copper Blues is a unique concept that has successfully combined three elements near and dear to our heart and soul, beer, music, and food.


The Rhythm Room is a roots, blues, and concert club located in Phoenix, Arizona with nationally known acts on an almost nightly basis.

Country and Western


This Western-style bar & grill features upmarket pub grub & live country music most nights.


A dance hall, saloon & mini-rodeo, this Western roadhouse also serves chops, fried fish & tacos.


Cowboy hats hang from the ceiling of this steak & rib eatery playing live country music nightly.


Western-themed restaurant on a golf resort bringing together steaks, sweeping views & country bands.


Historic saloon offering live country music, peanut shells underfoot & a Tex-Mex & American menu.

Country Thunder 2024


Search for Upcoming Shows

Phoenix New Times Concerts

The definitive guide to live music and nightlife in Phoenix, AZ, including outdoor festivals, arena shows and nightclubs.

Phoenix New Times Music

Stay current on local musicians, performances and venues at Phoenix New Times, your guide to the Phoenix music scene.

Find tour dates and live music events for all your favorite bands and artists in your city. Get concert tickets, news and RSVP to shows with Bandsintown.

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