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Research in Music: Databases

Library resources to help you begin your research in music.

All Databases

Click on the links below for additional databases available for your use.


Music-Related Databases

Naxos Music Library 

  • Streaming access to thousands of CDs in classical, contemporary jazz, jazz/folk/blues legends, and world/folk genres
  • Search by composer, work, genre and CD label, using keyword or advanced search
  • Liner notes for most recordings
  • Users can create personalized playlists
  • Numerous extra features; updated monthly

Oxford Music Online

  • Comprehensive integrated full-text music resource
  • Includes: The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.),The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music (2nd ed., rev.)
  • Includes Sibelius-enabled music examples
  • Updated reguarly

RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) Abstracts

  • International gateway to scholarly writings on music and music-related disciplines; has some full-text articles
  • Structured and works like ERIC (EbscoHost)
  • Covers 1967 to the present
  • Can limit search to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) journals
  • Can use an * (asterisk) to truncate a search term
  • Can email, print, or download search results and articles
  • Updated monthly

Education-Related Database

ERIC (EbscoHost)

  • Structured and works like RILM Abstracts
  • Provides access to more than 1.3 million records of journal articles and other education-related materials covering the entire field of education, including music, music education, music therapy, etc.
  • Includes indexing for both non-journal materials (known as ERIC documents, or ED's) and journal articles (EJ's)
    • ED's:  From 1966 to 2004, available in microfiche on the second floor of the Library; from 1986 to the present, available in full text online
    • EJ's:  Full text of some articles available on ERIC; for others, use DOC to check for full text availability in another database or in hard copy print format in the Library
  • Can limit search by year, language, or document type
  • Can use an * (asterisk) to truncate a search term
  • Can email, print, or download search results
  • Updated twice weekly

Multi-Disciplinary Database


  • Full-text database of hundreds of scholarly journals; all journals included go back to their very first issue
  • Includes "current" issues of three music journals (19th-Century Music, International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, and Journal of the American Musicological Society); all the rest have an embargo of several years before articles can be added to the database ("Moving Wall")
  • Multi-disciplinary; full access to 47 journals in music, 59 in education; partial access to 9 more journals in music and 18 more in education
  • Searchable; can limit the search by language, document type, and date of publication. Must select a specific discipline or one or more specific journals within a discipline for the search  
  • Remember to use quotes ( “ ” ) when searching phrases
  • To print or download a document from a Library computer, first click the link for Download PDF, then the link I Accept JSTOR's Terms and Conditions, proceed to PDF. To email a document from a Library computer, save it to the Desktop, open your own email program, and send the document as an email attachment. Option: Save the article to the Desktop, then upload the document to your own folder on Dropbox, Google Docsetc.

WorldCat, WorldCat Dissertations

  • WorldCat: international database of millions of items in many formats cataloged by libraries and other institutions worldwide
  • WorldCat Dissertations: subset of WorldCat, listing dissertations and theses cataloged in the WorldCat database
  • After accessing WorldCat, use the drop-down menu to change the database to be searched to WorldCat Dissertations