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Music literature full-text and bibliographic databases


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Welcome! Use this guide to find literature about music for your research projects and assignments: full-text journal articles, article abstracts, e-books, digital collections, and more

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Music literature full-text and bibliographic databases

Core databases for finding music literature, including journal articles:

  • Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP - International Index to Music Periodicals)
    • Guide to scholarly and popular music journals for a wide range of subjects
    • Emphasis on articles from 1996 to the present; indexing for certain journals from 1874
    • Includes full-text content for many journals
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text
    Comprehensive scholarly bibliography of writings on music, international in scope, from 1900 to the present. Covers a wide range of publications: journal articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations, and essay collections. Includes full-text content from many leading journals, magazines, and newsletters.
  • RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text (1760-1966)
    RIPM indexes music periodicals that ceased publication prior to 1967. The database is fully complementary to RILM and covers 300 music periodicals, 200 of which provide full-text access.
  • Unique to RIPM: Periodicals that ceased publication prior to 1967 (see also RILM's coverage).
  • Music Index
    • Guide to music periodicals and literature
    • Coverage includes articles about music, musicians, instruments, and the music industry (popular and classical)
    • Good for finding reviews of books, recordings, and performances; news articles; and obituaries
    • Some digital content (1970 to present)
  • JSTOR: Advanced Search (or Basic Search)

General, interdisciplinary, and specialty databases for finding music literature:

Musicology and librarianship reference tools

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