Research Guides: Music

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Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Journals, Book Reviews, Images,
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • EBSCOHost search interface

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Art History, Business, Economics, Education, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Social Sciences
  • Scholarly Journals, Book Reviews, Theater Reviews, Pamphlets
  • All full-text, PDF
  • Archival coverage of journals back to first issue
  • Moving wall embargo – full-text may not be available for most current 1-5 years, depending on publication 

Proquest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, Reports, Trade Journals E-Books, Conference Papers, Dissertations & Theses, Government Publications
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation information only
  • ProQuest search interface


Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music
Print Location: ML100 .B26 1999
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Early Broadway Sheet Music: A Comprehensive Listing of Published Music from Broadway and Other Stage Shows, 1843-1918
Print Location: ML128.M78 S79
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Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues
Print Location: ML102.J3 S5 2001
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Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Print Location: ML102.P66 G84
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Heritage of Music
Print Location: ML160.H527 1990
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Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock-n-Roll
Print Location: ML102.R6 R64 2001
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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians
Print Location: ML105 .S612
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Baker's Dictionary of Opera
Print Location: ML102.O6 B26 2000
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Harvard Dictionary of Music
Print Location: ML100.A64 2003
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International Dictionary of Black Composers
Print Location: ML105.I5 1999
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New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians
Print Location: ML100.N48 2001
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Handbooks & Guides

Cambridge Companion to the Orchestra
Print Location: ML1200.C25 2003

Excellence in Singing: Multilevel Learning and Multilevel Teaching
Print Location: MT825 .C35 2001

Green Book of Songs by Subject : the thematic guide to popular music
Print Location: ML156.4.P6 G73 2002
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Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Source: Department of Music, Stanford University
The Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics is affiliated with the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities at Stanford which conducts research on constructing computer databases for music and on creating programs that allow researchers to access, analyze, print, and electronically perform the music.
Classical Net Resource contains audio
Source: Dave Lampson
Features reviews of more than 2,500 CDs, as well as 5,800 files and over 4,000 links to a wide array of classical music sites. A composer search is available.
Harmony Central
Source: Harmony Central, Inc.
An Internet Resource for musicians. Includes links to departments for guitar, bass, MIDI, keyboards, drums, and percussion, computers and music.
Source: Lyrics N Music
A lyric and music search engine for music people by music people. The lyric page has Lyrics, YouTube, Wiki, Images/Artwork, iTunes/Amazon MP3, Guitar Tabs and Concert dates on a single page.
Music History 102
Source: Internet Public Library
A guide to Western composers and their music from the Middle Ages to the present.
Online Resources for Music Scholars Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Source: Loeb Music Library, Harvard University
Provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice. It collects links to archival collections, online scores and sound recordings; article indexes, discographies and bibliographies; scholarly societies; musical reference works; and a miscellany of useful websites. Each entry includes a brief description of the resource, with tags for subjects and resource types.
Public Domain Music
Source: Haven Sound, Inc.
Lists music that is old enough to be in the public domain, meaning that it can be performed without the payment of royalties.
Roderic C. Knight Musical Instrument Collection Resource contains images
Source: Oberlin College
World musical instrument collection of over 200 different instruments. The collection also serves to demonstrate the Knight System for Instrument Classification.
Sterns Collection of Musical Instruments Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Source: University of Michigan
Information on 2,500 historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world. It is a combination of text, images and selected sounds. Search by class of instrument or geographic region.

Primary Sources

British Library Sounds Resource contains audio
Source: British Library
Catalog includes entries for almost two-and-a-half million recordings held in the British Library National Sound Archive (NSA) and is updated daily. It is one of the largest catalogs of its kind, covering both published and unpublished recordings in all genres from pop, jazz, classical and world music, to oral history, drama and literature, dialect, language and wildlife sounds.
Global Jukebox Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Source: Association for Cultural Equity
Thousands of hours of international field recordings housed in the Alan Lomax Archive. Produces LPs, CDs and digital albums in partnership with other folkloric institutions, record labels, university presses, along with the global reach of the digital distributor IODA.
Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 Resource contains images
Source: Library of Congress, American Memory Project
Sheet music is accessed by browsing subject or name indexes or by keyword. Images of the cover and the sheet music are available.
Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection
Source: Milton S. Eisenhower Library at John Hopkins University
29,000 pieces of American sheet music published between 1780 -1980. Includes songs about presidents, military conflicts, etc. Music printed before 1923 (in the public domain) may be retrieved and downloaded. The sire provides an index to the entire collection
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music
Source: Library of Congress, American Memory Project
Contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. The collection documents the attitudes and tastes of a bygone era with music of many varieties and sources, all of it published in the United States.
Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 Resource contains audio
Source: Library of Congress, American Memory Project
"Now What a Time": Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals, 1938-1943 consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festival at Fort Valley State College (now Fort Valley State University), Fort Valley, Georgia.
Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Source: New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
A searchable database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials, including newspaper clippings, promotional and production photographs, sheet music, publicity posters, lobby cards, moving images, and recorded sound.
Sibley Music Library Musical Scores Some full text available Resource contains images
Source: University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Scores and books in the public domain. Many of these are unique to the Sibley Music Library collection.
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