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Key databases for Music

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Music. You can also see a complete list of databases for Music available from the Library.

AES Electronic Library

This is a full-text database from the AES (Audio Engineering Society - US) and has all the AES papers from the journal, conventions and conferences in PDF form. The AES is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

Jstor Music

Search for full-text journal articles in music. Updated monthly.

Guide to using Jstor Music

Naxos Music Library

Search for and listen to the entire Naxos collection, including classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. Full-text notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists are also available. The database is updated monthly.

Guide to using Naxos Music Library

Oxford Music Online

Allows searching of the Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford Companion to Music and Grove Music Online. The Oxford Companion to Music (2002) offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works. The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), supplements Grove's more extensive articles with content aimed at undergraduates and general users.

Guide to using Oxford Music Online

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

A comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, and an indispensable tool for music researchers. RILM provides broad yet detailed coverage and currently contains approximately 600,000 entries. Approximately 30,000 new records are added every year, covering document types including: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, critical commentaries, complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources and reviews. The database is updated monthly.

Guide to using RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Rock's Backpages?

An online library of rock'n'roll, covering 50 years of rock'n'roll history, with a discussion forum, links to audio interviews and a selection of specialist websites.