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First Stop Resources

Academic Search Premier go! info Available Online

This database provides indexing and access to thousands of articles in a variety of subjects, including music and other arts. If you need scholarly journals, be sure to click the box next to “scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals.”

Grove Dictionary of Music go! info Available Online Available in Print

The primary english-language scholarly reference source. You’ll find the print version (all 29 volumes) in the Reference section at REF ML100 .N48 2001

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature go! info Available Online

This is the main index to journal articles in scholarly and professional sources. RILM contains over 200,000 items covering all aspects of music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, and music therapy. You will find dissertations and some books as well. RILM stands for “Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale.” This covers 1969-present.

Articles (Research Databases)

Academic Search Premier go! info Available Online

This database provides indexing and access to thousands of articles in a variety of subjects, including music and other arts. If you need scholarly journals, be sure to click the box next to “scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals.”

JSTOR go! info Available Online

This is a database of mostly full-text scholarly articles. There are substantial holdings in music, going back to the early 1800′s. For best results, use the Advanced Search and experiment with selecting specific disciplines (e.g., Music). JSTOR is an abbreviation for Journal STORage.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature go! info Available Online

This is the main index to journal articles in scholarly and professional sources. RILM contains over 200,000 items covering all aspects of music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, and music therapy. You will find dissertations and some books as well. RILM stands for “Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale.” This covers 1969-present.

Books

Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world Available in Print

Find this in the Reference section at REF ML102.P66 C66 2003This is a seven-volume scholarly encyclopedia covering a wide range of popular music and organized by topic and geography. There is an index in each volume and that is probably the best way to find what you need. The six volumes are: v. 1. Media, industry and society — v. 2. Performance and production — v. 3. Caribbean and Latin America — v. 4. North America — v. 5. Asia and Oceania — v. 6. Africa and the Middle East — v. 7. Europe

Grove Dictionary of Music go! info Available Online Available in Print

The primary english-language scholarly reference source. You’ll find the print version (all 29 volumes) in the Reference section at REF ML100 .N48 2001

The Garland encyclopedia of world music Available in Print

This is a ten-volume set about music (art music, vernacular music, etc.) throughout the world, organized by geographic region. This is a wonderful resource for ethnomusicology. It is in the Reference section at REF ML100 .G16 1997.

Streaming Audio

Classical Music Library go! info Available Online

A database of streaming audio of primarily western classical (i.e. art) music. The emphasis is on baroque, classical, and romantic periods, though there are a small number of folk, world, and film music examples. This resource provides over 35,000 recordings.

Websites

New Music Box go! Available Online

An authoritative website about new art music from the American Music Center.

The Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia go! Available Online

“The Performing Arts Encyclopedia (PAE) is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress.” This has many photographs and images, and a limited number of sound files.


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Your Librarian

Tom Bickley
Instructor, LIBY 1210 Introduction to Information Literacy. Liaison to Music, Philosophy, Math & Computer Science, Political Science & Public Admin.