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Key Resources

  • Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music)
    The home of Grove Music Online and the access point for new and forthcoming Oxford music reference subscriptions and products.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Naxos Music Library is the world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 84,150 CDs with more than 1,211,900 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz  
    Naxos Music Library Jazz offers streaming audio of major jazz recording labels such as Blue Note, Warner Classics & Jazz, and EMI and features artists ranging from Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk to Diana Krall.
  • Opera in Video
    This database will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. This release includes 148 videos, equalling 318 hours.
  • Index to Printed Music
    As the only electronic resource for individual pieces of music published in standard scholarly editions, IPM provides detailed indexing, making it an invaluable resource for music researchers and students. Included is music from ancient Greek times to the present, with content searchable by composer name or ID, editor, genre, language, librettist, publisher name, series, and more.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    A comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, is an indispensable tool for scholars, students, librarians, performers, teachers, and music lovers. RILM includes over 570,000 records covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more.
  • International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP)
    A music journal resource with almost 800,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to the present, covering the scholarly to the popular.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts
    Provides indexing and abstracts for a wide range of journals from 1864 to the present covering theatre, dance, film, stagecraft, musical theatre, television, performance art, storytelling, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, and other performing arts.
  • Online Resources for Music Scholars
    The following guide from Harvard University provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites. Each entry includes a brief description of the resource, with tags for subjects and resource types. The guide is necessarily selective, and other important research resources are available only in printed form. As with most arts and humanities topics, it is important to investigate your research options across all formats.
  • Early Music Online
    This collection holds digitised images of some of the world's oldest surviving volumes of printed music.

    Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitised from microfilm.
  • Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres
    Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres is a cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres. It allows complex searches across multiple categories or simple browsing within any single category, such as genre, composer, librettist, premiere date, country, oratorio subject, or theater. The database is linked to SearchWorks, Stanford University Libraries catalog, allowing users to easily find related scores, recordings, and writings.
  • Index to Opera and Ballet Sources Online
    Maintained by the Music Library at Brigham Young University

Multidisciplinary Resources of Interest

  • ARTstor
    ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. These community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. Includes musical instruments and concert halls, etc.
  • Dissertations & Theses
    Includes 2.4 million dissertation and master's theses citations from around the world from 1861-present. Dissertation abstracts available from 1980; theses abstracts from 1988; and full text PDFs for most dissertations added since 1997.
  • Ebsco Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary, full text database for more than 4,500 journals, including peer-reviewed titles, some back to 1975.
    Scholarly journal archive, going back to the first issue for many titles.
  • MusRef
    An online guide to more than 7,400 print and internet resources devoted to the bibliography and reference works of music and dance.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text newspapers, magazines, newswires and transcripts from around the world.
  • Periodicals Index Online
    A general database of millions of article citations published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.
  • WorldCat
    Worldwide union catalog of books and other materials in OCLC member libraries.
  • Web of Science
    Includes Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.
  • Musicians Necrology
    Online necrology of musicians maintained by Gaylord Music Library at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
  • British Library Help for Researchers
    A site for finding information on British composers.
  • Beethoven Gateway
    The Beethoven Gateway is a free online resource that helps direct people interested in Beethoven to books, articles, scores, and other sources on the composer. Although it functions primarily as a catalog of the collections of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, its also serves the broader purpose of providing a comprehensive and fully-indexed bibliography of materials relating to Beethoven, from a wide range of subject areas.

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