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Use this guide to discover information sources about jazz performance and research topics. This evolving guide facilitates access to important resources, and provides samples of the types of materials available to members of the McGill community.


Below are a few select journal and magazine resources. You will find a more complete list of both print and online periodicals by searching the subject heading Jazz periodicals in the Library catalogue.

Print periodicals are available on the 5th floor of the Music Library. Online journals may require McGill login credentials.

Select academic journals:

Online magazines:

  • RIPM Jazz Periodicals

    • Unique collection created in collaboration with the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University which provides access to 105 historical jazz magazines such as Down Beat, 78 Quarterly, Jazz, The Grackle, The Jazz Review, Jazzbeat etc.;
    • Keyword search function allows users to easily identify content in hundreds of issues;
    • A comprehensive primary source reference and research tool.

Print magazines available in the Library: 

Periodicals on microfilm:

The Music Library owns runs of several significant jazz periodicals on microfilm published from 1914-1977. Ask at the 3rd-floor staff area to access the following: 

Location and contacts

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Music Library Staff
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3
Subjects: Music

Resource key

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library use
  • Catalogue record

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