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Music: 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 finding books on a music topic. In general, start by searching Roger in the books scope using keywords. If the results 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 name in a keyword search: 

Coltrane criticism interpretation

Similarly, subject heading terms such as "analysis and appreciation" can be combined with a genre term:

Brahms symphonies analysis 

Find Journal Articles


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

Important index of periodical articles from over 850 journals and magazines on all aspects of music. UC-elinks are provided to online article texts when available.

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.

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

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive. Collection I, Music, Radio, and the Stage  Icon

An archival research resource containing 17 trade and popular magazines covering all aspects of the music industry, theater, and broadcast radio in the US and UK covering the period 1880-2000. Includes such publications as BillboardSpin, and The Stage.

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

Google Scholar  Icon 

Search for scholarly publications across disciplines & sources: articles, theses/dissertations, books, and more, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities etc. Use Scholar Preferences option for UC-eLinks, and if you are searching from off campus, log in to the web vpn ( to get full access to UCSD article content.

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.

Subject Guide

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Peter Mueller
Geisel Library


Oxford Music Online Icon
Access point for The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The  Oxford Companion of Music, Grove Music Online, and others. See below for sources with more depth of coverage on American music  and world music.

Grove Music Online Icon

Use this link to limit your search to Grove Music Online, the most significant English language music encyclopedia. Contains over 57,000 articles written by over 6,000 scholars.

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).