Basic Music Reference Resources
Oxford Music Online. Incorporates New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed., Oxford Dictionary of Music, and Oxford Companion to Music and The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. Contains over 50,000 articles. Updated continuously.
Music Index: Indexes over 475 journals. Covers 1970-present only. For articles written prior to 1970, consult annual cumulative volumes in the printed version (Reference ML1.M74). Includes links to full-text where available.
International Index to Music Periodicals: The IIMP current file provides access to over 900,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts from 1874 to the present, covering the scholarly to the popular. Updated monthly.
RILM Abstracts: Abstracts to 500,000 articles, books (conference proceedings, Festschriften) and dissertations for the period 1967-present. Over 30,000 records are added to the database each year. Includes links to full-text where available.
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance. Index to journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance. Coverage: 1982-
Proquest Dissertation & Theses - Full Text. Provides citations and abstracts to more than 2.4 million doctoral dissertations and masters theses from over 1,000 U.S. and foreign institutions, 1861 to present. Titles published since 1997 are available in pdf format; earlier titles are being added restrospectively with over 1 million now available.
Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD Center) An OhioLINK resource containing abtracts and some full text of University of Cincinnati theses and dissertations from ca. 2000 to present.
DDM (Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology online). Citations for over 14,000 dissertations in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and related fields. Includes citations for works in progress.
WorldCat: Contains the holdings of over 69,000 libraries throughout the world (over 125 million items). Essential for obtaining items via Inter-Library Loan.
RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600. The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) comprises over 700,000 references almost exclusively to music manuscripts for work by around 25,000 composers. The sources are preserved in the libraries and archives of 32 countries. The project is ongoing.
The largest Internet library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Currently with over 5753 texts including 990 arias.
The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.
Musical America. The business source for the performing arts. Updated continuously.
Art Full Text: Contains citations to some music-related articles in art journals. Of interest also to those doing research in the field of music iconography and historical musicology. Coverage begins in 1929; abstracts from 1994. 1,808,000 entries.
Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Incorporated into ISI Web of Knowledge. To search only the A and H Citation Index, go to Web of Science Tab and uncheck the boxes for all the other indexes.
ERIC: (Education Resource Information Center): A comprehensive database of education literature, covering educational journals, research reports, and other documents collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Coverage begins with 1966. Updated monthly.
Education Full Text: Database indexing over 500 international English-language periodicals. Coverage begins with 1983. 711,000 entries. Updated monthly.
Education Research Complete: Indexes 1,500 journals, of which 750 are available in full text. One-hundred books and monographs and numerous education-related conference papers are also available in full text.
Proquest Newspapers: Provides abstracts to articles and some full text from 27 U.S. newspapers. Updated weekly. Coverage varies (mostly 1990-). Good for finding music reviews, interviews, etc.
ProQuest Research Library: Provides citations and abstracts in over 3880 general reference periodicals including popular magazines and professional journals since 1971. It is updated monthly. More than half are full-text. Indexes several popular music journals. Of limited value.
Music and Dance Reference (Brigham Young University)