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Foundations of Music Education: Databases

Suggested sources available for research in music education.

All Databases

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


Music-Related Database

RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) Abstracts with Full Text

  • Structured and works like ERIC  and Academic Search Complete
  • International gateway to scholarly writings on music and music-related disciplines; has some full-text articles
  • Covers 1967 to the present
  • Can limit search to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) publications
  • 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 and Academic Search Complete
  • 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


  • Multi-disciplinary, multi-language, full-text database of hundreds of Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) journal articles; all journals included go back to their very first issue
  • Includes "current" issues of two music journals (19th-Century Music and Journal of the American Musicological Society); all the rest have an embargo of several years before full-text articles can be added to the database ("Moving Wall")
  • Full access to 47 journals in music, 59 in education; partial access to 9 journals in music and 18 in education
  • Can limit by language, document type, and date, and to a specific discipline or even one or more specific journals   
  • Remember to use quotation marks around terms ( “ ” ) when searching for an exact phrase
  • 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