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DRAM Online Listening Database: Tips

This research guides provides advanced searching techniques tailored for the DRAM online listening database through a combination of text, images, and videos.

Search Tips


DRAM does not feature a general keyword search, but this deficiency can be overcome by performing a directed liner notes search. In general, each field (performer, instruments, record labels, etc.) is represented in the liner notes. Additionally, the liner notes are supplemented by performer biographies, signed scholarly essays, and other relevant information.

Searching the liner notes is especially useful when performing proximity searches or when combining multiple fields into one search.


Almost every album in the DRAM database is tagged according to genre (chamber, electronic, Native American, etc). Clicking on the hyperlinked tag will display every similarly tagged album.


Albums can also be searched by tag by selecting the tag field from the pull down menu. However, DRAM does not feature a master list of tags applied, so the user must employ inefficient trial and error techniques when performing this type of search.


Entering search queries in quotation marks is optional except when performing one of the following searches:

  • Fielded searches. The specified field must be entered in quotation marks.
    title:"future travel" AND david rosenboom
  • Proximity searches. The entire phrase must be entered in quotation marks.
    "percussion Switzerland"~5

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