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Music Guide: Finding books and articles

Find books and articles on music, CDs, DVDs, etc., online audio or video, and scores.

Find Books and eBooks

There are several approaches to find books on a music topic. In general, start by searching Roger in the books scope using keywords.  If the result list is too long, open up one of the more relevant items you see to find out the subject headings, then click on those.

The subject headings include phrases such as "criticism and interpretation" that can be combined with a composer name in a keyword search:

      mahler and criticism and interpretation

Similarly, the subject heading phrase "analysis, appreciation" can be combined with a genre term:

      brahms and symphonies and analysis
 

Find Journal or Encyclopedia Articles

JOURNALS

Use one or more of these indexes that have different areas of focus:

Music Periodicals Database Icon

 Full texts of articles in a range of music journals and magazines.  Formerly known as the International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP). 

Music Index Online Icon

 

Open Music Library

Over 1,000,000 articles from 650+ journals, many of them peer reviewed, 200,000 scores, and 4,000 videos.

 

 

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1853-present) Icon
A comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes focusing on scholarly publications. Publications originate from 178 countries and are in 143 languages.

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music (1800-1950) 
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Index to more than eighty historical music periodicals in thirteen languages, published primarily in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Rock's Backpages Icon

Thousands of articles from underground magazines such as Punk, Creem, and Mojo, also from more mainstream titles such as Melody Maker, Spin and Rolling Stone. Includes some reviews and audio interviews

Performing Arts Periodicals Database. Icon
 Full texts of articles in a range of performing arts journals and magazines. Formerly known as the International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA).


Academic Search Complete 
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Multidisciplinary database with full text articles or abstracts to more than 10,300 journals and other publications.

JSTOR   Icon
Multidisciplinary with full text of more than 500 scholarly journals, although the most recent 3-5 years are not included.

Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis Academic) Icon
Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, magazines, trade journals, industry news, and company information.

Project Muse  Icon
Search by subject or browse full text of scholarly journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics. Coverage begins 1995 or later, depending on the publication.

Web of Science Core Collection Icon

Covers over 6,000 journals in all subjects. Includes the unique "cited reference search" to identify papers which have cited a previously published work or author. Coverage goes back to 1900.

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

Oxford Music Online Icon
The access point for Grove Music Online, the most significant English language music encyclopedia, and other Oxford music reference resources See below for sources with more depth of coverage on American music  and world music.

Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition Icon
The largest reference publication on American Music (including Latin America), this second edition provides expanded coverage particularly in the areas of popular music, cities and regions, ethnic and cultural groups, and music technology.


Music Online: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Icon
Articles on ethnic and folk music worldwide, describing national and specific musical genres, practices, instruments, performances, and the cultural context.

In addition to online music encyclopedias, we have print encyclopedias for many specific areas in the Geisel Library, (East Wing, 1st Floor) under ML 100-105, as well as the Geisel Library Reference Area (West Wing 2nd Floor).

Subject Guide

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