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Music Databases

  • Grove Music Online (Oxford Music Online)*
    Contains scholarly biographical articles on composers. The bibliography located at the end of each article provides an excellent starting point for research.
  • Music Index*
    Indexes over 640 international music periodicals from 1976 to the present.
    Paper issues of Music Index are available that index music periodicals from 1949 to 1978 (Music Reference ML118.M84)
  • RILM*
    Indexes and abstracts journal articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festchriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, reviews, etc. Coverage is currently 1967 to present.
  • RIPM*
    International index to primarily nineteenth century music periodicals. Also includes some early twenieth century items.
  • JSTOR* - Indexes and provides online fulltext of the complete back runs (older issues) of journals dedicated to scholarly research and theory in the field of music. Particularly useful for searching journal articles written before the 1960's and 1970's.

Music Education

  • Education full text
    Provides indexing of periodicals and yearbook articles dating from 1983, abstracting of those dating from Jan. 1994, full text of those dating from Jan. 1996; covers English language books published after 1994.
  • Education Index
    This paper index (Suzzallo Index/Abstract Z5813 .E23 ) indexes journal articles in the field of education with coverage begining in 1929.
  • ERIC* (Educational Resources Information Center)
    Indexes and abstracts articles from over 750 professional journals and a variety of other resources in the field of education such as conference papers, reports, curriculum guides, etc. Coverage includes items from 1966 to the present.
  • Music Article Guide
    (Music Reference - ML118 .M87 )
    Indexes periodical articles in music, "geared exclusively to the special needs of school and college music educators". The Guide indexes over 200 periodicals from the United States, primarily regional journals not indexed elsewhere with coverage from 1966-1997.
  • Music Education Resource Base (MERB/CMI)
    "Is a bibliographic database of more than 30,000 resources in music and music education from 32 International journals and other sources covering 1956 through the present. Journals are fully indexed by title, author, and subject."
  • Music Education Search System
    Includes an index to a small set of music education periodicals and the Poland-Cady Abstract collection. The Poland-Cady Abstract collection contains approximately 4,500 abstracts of research in music prior to 1965.
  • PsychInfo*
    Indexes and abstracts journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines including education. Coverage includes items from 1887 to the present.

Music Therapy

  • CAIRSS
    Database of music research literature in music education, music psychology, music therapy, and music medicine. The focus of the primary journals leans toward music therapy and psychology and includes several journals not indexed in other resources.
  • PsychInfo*
    Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.
  • Medline*
    Covers more than 3,900 journals in biomedicine, including citations published in Index medicus, International nursing index, and Index to dental literature, from 1966 to the present.
  • Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature*
    Online version provides coverage of the literature in nursing and 17 allied health disciplines from 1982-. Over 700 journals are regularly indexed.

General Resources Useful for Music Research

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index*
    A multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, plus individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.
  • Expanded Academic Index*
    Provides indexing and abstracting for approximately 1,500 scholarly and general interest periodicals, covering all major fields of study in the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology.
  • LexisNexis*
    A great source for concert reviews. Coverage runs from the early 1980's to the present. For more newspaper reviews, see the News Research/Article Databases webpage.
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)*
    Indexing and full text for a basic collection of general-interest, humanities, social science and science periodicals and newspapers; 1986 to present.
  • Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature.
    (Suzzallo Reference or Odegaard Reference A I3 R48)
    Indexes periodical literature beginning in 1901. This resource is especially useful for bridging the gap between materials covered in RIPM and RILM after 1900 and before the 1960s.



Resources marked with an * are UW restricted.