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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)
    Covers both scholarly and popular music journals for a wide range of subjects: classical music and opera, jazz, popular, and folk music, sound recording, ethnomusicology, music education, and instruments. Emphasis on articles from 1996 to the present, but includes indexing and abstracts 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.
  • Music Index
    Guide to music periodicals and literature, featuring digitized content from 1970 to present. Coverage includes articles about music, musicians, instruments, and the music industry, for both classical and popular worlds of music. Provides citations for journal articles, reviews of books, recordings, and performances, obituaries, and news articles.
  • JSTOR: Advanced Search (or Basic Search)


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

Musicology and librarianship reference tools

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