William and Gayle Cook Music Library

Locating and Listening to Sound Recordings Online

Where is this service available?

Online listening through the VARIATIONS system is available on the Windows PCs in the stacks on the first and third floors of the Cook Music Library or in the Computer Lab (Room 373). Headphones may be checked out at the Reserves counter at the circulation desk.

How do I find recordings?

Recordings in the Music Library's collection may be found by searching IUCAT, the online catalog of the Indiana University Libraries. Records for sound recordings which are available online contain links to the online copy in VARIATIONS.

Sound recordings on reserve for classes may also be accessed from the Course Reserves page on the Music Library web site. For more information, please consult the tutorial Listening to Reserve Recordings Online (, which is also available in print format at the circulation desk.

To access IUCAT:
OR For help on searching IUCAT, see the IUCAT guide and interactive tutorial at (

In IUCAT, how do I limit my search to recordings that are available online?

Add "http" to your keywords anywhere search to limit the results to those items that have URLs in the bibliographic record:


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[Choose Keywords Anywhere]

How do I know if the recording I find is available online?

If you find a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in the bibliographic record, the sound recording is available for listening online.


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Once I find the URL, how do I listen to the recording?

For more information on how to use the VARIATIONS Player, please see the tutorial
Listening to Reserve Recordings Online (

If you have questions or comments about this service, please e-mail them to:

Last updated: 28 March 2001 / Emma D.
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