This is the "Research Tools" page of the " Music" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content


Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

Research Tools Print Page

Recommended Music Research Tools

  • Oxford Music Online  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Covers all topics related to music, including musical instruments, compositional forms and scientific topics. Biographical entries cover composers, performers and writers. Offers links to related sites including sound archives.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Covers material published in music and various other fields as they relate to music. Records appear in over a hundred languages. The majority of citations include abstracts. Articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, Festschriften, films, and videos are all covered by RILM. Concert reviews, recording notes, and pedagogical manuals if they are of scholarly interest.

Additional Music Research Tools

  • International Index to Music Periodicals  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides abstracts to music titles. Offers articles in full-text for over 80 periodicals. Covers all aspects of music including education, composition, theory and ethnomusicology. Covers 1874-present. Full-text begins in the mid-1990s-present.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Provides abstracts and full-text to journal articles. Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry including dance, film, television, theater, opera, and broadcasting. Covers 1864-present.
  • The Music Index  Icon
    Print index covering 1949-2002. Good to use as a supplement to online indexes for finding materials from the mid 20th-century.
  • RISM: Repertoire International des Sources Musicales  Icon
    This International Inventory of Musical Sources contains some 700,000 entries describing mostly historical music manuscripts with the majority originating before 1800. The original sources are available from libraries, music archives, and private collections world wide. Obtaining sources is possible as these institutions can often be approached for reproductions. You will want to work with your music librarian and give yourself plenty of lead time.

Multidisciplinary Research Tools

  • WorldCat  Icon  Icon  Icon
    A catalog of the materials held by libraries worldwide. Includes books, scores and recordings.
  • JSTOR  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Articles from the top journals in most disciplines. Coverage is through 3 to 5 years ago.
  • ProQuest Research Library  Icon  Icon  Icon
    Citations & full-text articles in a variety of disciplines.
  • Web of Science  Icon  Icon  Icon
    The Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Research Assistance

Adam Crandell
Haverford College
Profile & Guides
Donna Fournier
Swarthmore College
Profile & Guides

New in Music

Loading Loading...
blank padding

Loading  Loading...