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Explore and Research Collections

The Arts and Special Collections Research Center is home to resources for research and performance in music, art, theater, and special collections in all disciplines.  Whether you are researching for program notes, a traditional publication, new digital humanities projects, or need inspiration; the Center is ready to help.

Contact us anytime!

Researchers, classes, and community members are encouraged and welcome to visit and use these unique materials housed here at Baylor University.

In addition to providing extensive collections, the libraries also provide support throughout the research life cycle:

  • partner as idea generators
  • assist in locating appropriate materials matching your research needs
  • support throughout the proposal, writing, and publishing processes

Find & Access

A great place to start your research is on our main library page with OneSearch. OneSearch is the place to discover physical items in the Baylor Libraries, as well as most of the online content that we provide for your use. It is designed primarily for keyword searching, but also provides the ability to search by title, author, or subject. If you are looking for something specific, you can use OneSearch for that too--see the Advanced Search page.

If you need an introduction or refresher in basic searching or using the website, please check out this tutorial.

Research Tools

Journal articles and databases are key resources for you as you build knowledge in your discipline.  Journal articles are accessed through OneSearch or in specific databases.  Databases include a wide range of sources including e-journals, e-books, primary source materials, and streaming audio and video.

  • Click here for an A-Z list of databases. You can limit this search by using the subject pull down menu and picking ‘music’ or ‘art’, etc.
  • Research guides are available to help locate resources and offer instruction for arts subjects, and other tools including using Zotero for citation management, basic searching, and aid in writing papers. The research guide subject list is located here.

Borrow, Request, Renew

You can locate loan periods, how to renew online, course reserve links, and other information on this webpage.

Copy Requests

The Center provides photocopying or digitization services subject to the physical condition of the materials and the copyright laws of the United States.

  • All photocopying or digitization is performed by library staff.
  • Requests for copies are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Depending on the request, we reserve the right to charge a fee.

Users of these collections are expected to abide by all copyright laws. Copies may be provided for research use only.  Other uses may require the user to obtain the legally required permission from the copyright owner. In most instances, the Center is owner of the physical object only.

If you have questions, please email us: RareCollections@baylor.edu

Citing Materials and Copyright

If you plan to use primary source materials from the Arts and Special Collections Research Center, you may need to obtain permission from the library as well as the copyright holder (author or creator of the work or agent of that creator).

Baylor Libraries hold the copyright for only a small percentage of the copyrighted materials it owns. Library staff are unable to assist with obtaining copyright permissions. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status of the materials they wish to use and obtain permission.

For more copyright help, visit our Copyright research guide.

Please use the following format when citing materials from these collections:

[description of item (title, author, etc.)], [name of collection], Arts and Special Collections Research Center, Moody Memorial Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

For more citation help, visit our Citing Sources research guide.

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