Database List

The following 14 databases are best for: Music

See our Music Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Music Databases

Music Index

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals)


All Music Databases

Encyclopedia of Popular Music    
Part of Oxford Music Online, this source covers popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music. Also includes popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies. An excellent first stop for scholarly research on popular music.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Essay and General Literature Index    
Index to chapters and essays contained in books of collected works. Focuses on humanities and social sciences, including works published in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Covers archaeology, folklore, architecture, history, art, linguistics, literature, music, classical studies, poetry, drama, political science, economics, religion women's studies, and film.
  • Coverage Range: 1985 to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Grove Music Online    
The online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. (For the 29 print volumes, see Reference ML100 .N48 2000.) The major part of Oxford Music Online, and the most comprehensive encyclopedia of music, including classical, popular, jazz and world music. This is the definitive starting point for research on composers and their works, musical periods and styles, music history and related performing arts. Allows 3 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Updated at least 3 times a year.
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective    
A citation-only database that includes articles from English-language periodicals on such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Articles in this database were published between 1907 and 1984. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities Full Text    
A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion.
  • Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities International Complete (HIC)    
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities. FOR CITATION SEARCHING: Click the "More" button at the top of the search screen, then click "Cited References."
  • Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Listener Historical Archive    
The Listener was a weekly publication of the BBC for reproducing radio - and later, television - programmes in print. It is our only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. As well as expanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, The Listener also discussed major literary works, musical programmes, and regularly reviewed new books. Cross-searchable with other collections via NewsVault.
  • Coverage Range: 1929-1991
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: GALE Cengage Learning

 
Music Index    
Guide to music periodicals and literature, containing articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. Includes classical and popular music.
  • Coverage Range: 1970-present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Naxos Music Library    
Classical music recordings (audio files) searchable by composer, title, performer, genre, or keyword. Access to more than 80,000 CDs (more than one million tracks). An average of 500 new CDs are added every month. This database greatly augments our library's physical CD collection of 5,500 titles. ***For streaming only, not downloading.*** Allows 15 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Naxos Digital Services Ltd

 
Naxos Music Library Jazz    
Jazz music recordings (audio files). Contains more than 3,000 CDs representing more than 500 musicians. ***For streaming only, not downloading.*** Allows 3 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Naxos Digital Services Ltd
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Nineteenth Century Collections Online Archive (NCCO)    
Primary source material from rare collections around the globe. Includes eight individual collections: (1) British Politics and Society: sources related to the political climate in Great Britain; (2) European Literature, 1790-1840: The Corvey Collection: full-text of more than 9,500 English, French and German titles including fiction, short prose, dramatic works, poetry and more, with a focus on difficult-to-find works by historically neglected writers; (3) Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange, which includes government reports, diplomatic correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, treaties, trade agreements, NGO papers, and more; (4) British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High and Popular Culture, featuring primary sources such as playbills, scripts to operas and complete scores; (5) Photography: The World through the Lens, has photos and publications about photography from the period; (6) Science, Technology & Medicine: 1780-1925, parts 1-2, has journals, books and other documents; (7) Women: Transnational Networks has journals, books, manuscripts, and other materials, mostly from the US and UK, but with some other countries as well; (8) Europe and Africa: Commerce, Christianity, Civilization, and Conquest has monographs, periodicals, and other materials documenting European policies and their effects in Africa.
  • Coverage Range: 19th Century
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale

 
Oxford Music Online    
Cross-searchable access to four of the most comprehensive reference sources on music: Grove Music Online, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Includes classical, popular, jazz and world music. This is the definitive starting point for research on composers and their works, musical periods and styles, music history and related performing arts. Allows 3 simultaneous users.
  • Coverage Range: Varies
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature    
The most comprehensive international index to writings about music and other performing arts. RILM indexes journal articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and reviews of books and performances. Includes abstracts and some full-text. Interlibrary loan (ILLiad) will often be required. See also The Music Index print volumes (Reference ML118 .M84 1949-2008) for sources not in RILM.
  • Coverage Range: 1967 to present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals)    
RIPM (Retrospective Index & Online Archive to Music Periodicals) is the historical counterpart to RILM, indexing and abstracting international writings on music, music history, and musical culture published between 1800 and 1950. RIPM currently indexes the contents of 120 music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and more. RIPM includes full text with the complete runs of more than 100 rare music periodicals from the 19th and early 20th century. New titles are added every six months.
  • Coverage Range: 1800-1950
  • Mostly Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable