Subject Research Guide

Subject Research Guides provide advice and tips on using the VCA and Music collections for research and study.

Digital Collections

Access to digital resources including online databases, electronic books, streaming video and online audio libraries is accessible to all students and staff via user name and login via Discovery and A-Z journals and databases.

A selection of relevant resources for Music, Visual and the Performing Arts include:

  • General: ArtsHub, JStor, Academic Search Premier, Project Muse, Expanded Academic
  • Art: Grove Art Online, Art Index, ARTBibliographies Modern, Bibliography of the History of Art, Design and Applied Arts Index
  • Music: Grove Music Online, Music Index Online, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, CAIRSS for Music, Index to Printed Music, RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals.
  • Film and TV: Film Index International, Film Literature Index,
  • Audio Libraries: Naxos Music Library, Classical Music Library
  • Video Libraries: Opera in Video, Dance in Video

VCA Special Collections

The Lenton Parr Library supports a diverse special collection of books, artist books, limited editions, signed copies and ephemera to support the learning, teaching and research of the faculty.

There is also an archival collection of handbooks, programs, gallery brochures and ephemera relating to the Victorian College of the Arts available for consultation.

To access these consult the library catalogue, undertake a relevant search - keyword, title, author etc.  Then limit to the Lenton Parr Library.  Items from the Special Collections are available for consultation in the library only.

Margaret Lasica Collection

The Margaret Lasica Collection is a collection of books, journals and ephemera relating to the pioneering Melbourne dance choreographer and teacher, Margaret Lasica (1926-1993).  The collection was donated to the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library (Southbank campus) by Shelley and Wendy Lasica in 2008.

The Margaret Lasica Collection is catalogued onto the library catalogue and is available for consultation in the Lenton Parr Library.

E. J. Moeran Collection

Ernest John Moeran was an English composer (1894-1950). His compositions reflect his English and Irish heritage and are based strongly on folk tunes from the counties in which he lived and dwelt.

The collection of music by E J Moeran at the Lenton Parr Library was bequeathed to the Victorian College of the Arts by Peers Coetmore (1905-1976), cellist and wife of E J Moeran. Peers Coetmore was a cello lecturer at the VCA in the 1970s.  The collection contains 107 items in all. Forty-one of these are original manuscripts and the other 65 are early-published editions.

Access: Go to the library catalogue listing. Each title is also catalogued individually.  The collection is available for consultation in the Lenton Parr Library on consultation with the Music, Visual and Performing Arts Librarian. It is not for loan.