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* Music: Databases

Links: The "R" Projects

Links: Abstracting & Indexing Databases

Full-text is available through JSTOR and much of IIMP. Look for the icon to check for full-text availability in the other indexes.

Links: Dissertations & Theses

ProQuest provides full-text online access for many dissertations and theses and RILM provides abstracts for dissertations and theses.

Start with a Good Encyclopedia

**ALERT**  A new version of Grove/Oxford Music Online was released on December 7, 2017. Searching is vastly different and several issues have been noted by users. For more information and a form that can be submitted to Oxford Online with new issues, see the Music Library Association's blog:

A great place to begin any music search is to check The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed.

A print copy of the music encyclopedia can be found in REFERENCE at ML100.N48 2000.

Grove Music Online is part of the Oxford Reference collection.  In addition to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. (which also contains the texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz), you can also search The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

If you want to search all the sources at once, just type your term(s) in the "Search by Source" search box, or you can choose to search only Groves or one of the other sources by clicking in the box to the left of the title.

Oxford History of Western Music

Richard Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music is also a good source to check.

In reference:  REF ML160.T18 2005

In the stacks:  ML160.T18 2010 (yep, you can check this one out!)

Oxford History of Western Music ONLINE

Beyond Groves and Taruskin

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians  REF ML105.B16 2001

Dictionnaire de la musique  REF ML100 .D65

Enciclopedia della musica  REF ML100 .E45

Encyclopédie de la musique et dictionnaire du Conservatoire   REF ML100 .E5

Diccionario de la música española e hispanoamericana   REF ML101.S7 D53 1999

The Harvard Dictionary of Music  REF ML100.A64 2003

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart   REF ML100 .M92 1994

Links: Scores Online for Printing and Study

OML -- Open Music Library


Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections. Many of the resources are open access (free to view) and others are by subscription only.

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Searching for Music in InfoKat Discovery