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Music e-book collections

Use this guide for direct access to the sites of many of McGill Library's e-book providers.

Welcome! Use this guide for direct access to the sites of many of McGill Library's e-book providers.

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Note: Not all resources can be found through this search tool (catalogue).

Consult the resources on this and other guides to access additional sources.

Music e-book collections

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks
    • American Council of Learned Societies collection
    • Access more than 5,700 scholarly eBooks
  • Brill Online
    • Publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences
    • Offers reference works and primary source materials, including prestigious publications such as the Encyclopedia of Islam, Brill’s New Pauly and The Hague Academy Collected Courses
  • Cambridge Core 
    • Home of academic content from Cambridge University Press
    • Contains more than 1.8 million journal articles and 46,000+ books
    • Browse the music titles
  • Cambridge Companions to Music 
    • Provide authoritative yet accessible information on composers, genres, instruments and other musical topics
  • Duke University
    • Provides access to over 3,000 e-books in the humanities and social sciences
    • Browse the music titles
  • EBSCOhost
    • Provides access to eBooks from a wide range of disciplines
    • Multi-publisher platform
    • Full downloads possible for many books
  • ECCO: Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    • Significant collection of 18th-century English and foreign-language books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera printed in UK, the United States, and countries under British colonial rule
    • Full-text search available
  • EEBO: Early English Books Online 
    • Collection of almost every work printed in the British Isles and North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere from 1470-1700
    • Full-text search of entire collection available
  • Google Books 
    • Repository of digitized texts provided by library partners and participating publishers
    • Full text is available for materials in the public domain
    • Access to items under copyright varies from full text to "no preview," depending on agreements with the copyright holders
  • HathiTrust 
    • A not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items
    • Offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection 
    • Search the collection in several ways: catalogue record and full-text across the collection or within a single item 
  • IEEE Electronic Library Online (IEEEXplore) (Engineering)
    • Provides web access to more than five million full-text documents from some of the world's most highly-cited publications in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electronics
  • Internet Archive 
    • Digital collection of public domain materials, including archives and published media from university collections around the world
    • Includes sound recordings, scores, books, and other materials
    • Public domain materials can be downloaded
    • Offers full-text searching within documents and across the collection
  • JSTOR 
    • Provides full-text access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines (including music)
    • Advanced search function allows users to filter by item type, language, publication date, journal or publication title, and discipline
  • Oxford Bibliographies: Music
    • Book-length bibliographies provide an authoritative guide to current scholarship, containing original commentary and annotations
    • Interface guides users directly to relevant information; provides personalized citation lists and links to full-text print and online content
    • Bibliographies are written and reviewed by academic experts
  • Oxford Handbooks Online: Music
    • Handbooks offer thorough introductions to topics and a critical survey of the current state of scholarship
    • Covers a wide range of music research including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, pedagogy, dance, and technology
  • Oxford University Press Online (UPSO, OUP)
    • Offers access to thousands of academic works from Oxford University Press and scholarly partner presses, covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, sciences, medicine, music, and law
    • Browse the music titles
  • Project Muse 
  • ProQuest Ebook Central
    • Provides authoritative ebooks in a range of subjects from top scholarly publishers 
    • Interactive and collaborative platform: read online; search within ebooks; highlight, take notes, and bookmark pages in your online copy (stored on your bookshelf for you); download ebooks and chapters to your laptop or mobile device
  • Springer
    • Provides access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols, reference works and proceedings
    • Disciplines include science, technology, medicine, and music, among others
  • Taylor & Francis
    • Access eBooks in science, technology, engineering, medical, humanities and social science
    • Multi-publisher platform including Ashgate, Focal, and Routledge
    • Platform allow users to: search ebook content at both the book and chapter level, filter search results by subject area, publication date and year published, and create citations in APA format
  • University of California Press Scholarship Editions
    • Includes almost 2,000 books (published between 1982-2004) from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction
    • Browse the open access music titles
  • UPSO: University Press Scholarship Online (E-book distributor of several university presses (see complete list) including Oxford, University of California, and University of Chicago. Browse the music titles)


Location and contacts

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


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527 Sherbrooke St. W, A-317, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3

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