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Databases by Subject: Music

Major Indexes

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text

Find articles on music topics and genres, including performance, ethnomusicology, composition, and music education.

Music Index

A comprehensive source that contains indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians and the music industry, as well as book reviews, obituaries and news for more than 480 periodicals covering every aspect of the classical and popular worlds of music. Coverage: 1970-present.

Music Online

Offers access to a broad array of full-text scores and reference resources, as well as streaming audio and video, in classical music, dance, opera, jazz, popular music, and world music. All time periods.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Find articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations in ethnomusicology, popular music, jazz studies, classical music, instruments, and musicology.

Additional Databases

Classical Music Library

Find tracks from Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox. Styles include Gregorian Chant, vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Classical Music Reference Library

Find scores from composers of Western classical music, including full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores.

Classical Scores Library

Contains over 2500 printable scores representing major composers and many lesser known composers of Western classical music, and provides access to full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, etc., from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

Dance in Video

Find streaming video of dance production, documentaries in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary dance, experimental and improvisational dance.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The largest and most authoritative popular music reference work, comprised of the full text of The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition, this work features a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music,

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Covers world music and ethnomusicology. Contains over 9,000 pages of text written by 700 expert contributors worldwide. Includes audio examples, musical illustrations, photographs and drawings, song texts and score examples, in addition to charts and maps of the world's regions.

Hill and Phillips Collections of Popular Sheet Music, Fine Arts Library

The Hill and Phillips collections of popular music are in-house use only collections of sheet music and songbooks available in the UA Fine Arts Library. Included are over 140,000 popular tunes from the mid-1800's to the 1990s.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Bibliography of more than one million records of material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes indexing to Early English Books Online and provides a link to the material through the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership

Naxos Music Library

Find streaming audio in classical, jazz, rock, opera, and folk. Includes cover artwork, tracklists, music notes, instrumentation, composers and performers.

Opera in Video

Offers, via video streaming, access to nearly 300 of the world's best opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews and documentaries.

Oxford Music Online

Provides cross-searchable access to all the contents of Grove Music Online (formerly the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera), the Oxford Companion to Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.

RISM (Repertoire International des Sources Musicales)

RISM is a search tool that enables researchers to locate original manuscripts (most before 1800) or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections worldwide.

Smithsonian Global Sound

Find streaming recordings of global and world music in a variety of genres and languages.