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Encyclopedias
The title below is a great place to gather reliable summaries of any musical topic. However, you will find other, specialized music encyclopedias in the catalog. Search the type of music and encyclopedias, e.g. Rock Music Encyclopedias or browse all our encyclopedias, but be warned, we have more than 2,000!

Oxford Music Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: current. Includes the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Grove's), the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music. Also contains musical examples available in sound and notated examples, links to sound examples via Classical Music Library and DRAM, and links to music bibliographies in the RILM database.
Articles
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Restricted Access
Coverage: 1969-present. Comprehensive database of scholarly articles, essays, proceedings, books, reviews, and more; covering musicology, ethnomusicoloy, performance practice, theory, pedagogy, musical instruments.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Arts & Humanities Citation Index Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Articles and other materials on archaeology, architecture, art, Asian studies, classics, dance, film, TV & radio, folklore, history, language & linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, theater, theology & religious studies. PART OF WEB OF SCIENCE, click on `Change Limits` to select Arts & Humanities only.

Humanities & Social Science Index Retrospective Restricted Access
Coverage: 1907-1984. Allows search of a wide range of important journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Periodicals Archive Online Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1770-1990. A database of millions of articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years.

Guide to the musical arts: an analytical index of articles and illustrations, 1953-1956 Case Reference ML113 .B37 Restricted Access
Bibliography of articles about music published between 1953-56

Guide to the performing arts Case Reference ML118 .G8 Restricted Access
1963-68 supplement to Guide to the Musical Arts.

Music criticism: an annotated guide to the literature Case Reference ML113 .B37 Restricted Access
Criticism and analysis from books and periodical articles of solo compositions, opera, vocal music, orchestral music, concertos, chamber music, symphonies. Arranged by genre, then by composer; composer and composition title indexes. Published in 1957
Bibliographies
Bach Bibliography Unrestricted Access
Maintained by a Research Fellow at Queens University, Belfast, UK. A bibliography of more than 14,000 items, including new and forthcoming works.

Beethoven Bibliography Unrestricted Access
A research project of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, this database lists books and articles about Beethoven, and early editions of his scores. The database is searched using the same software as Colgate's online catalog.

Musical Borrowing Unrestricted Access
An ongoing project of the Indiana University School of Music, this bibliography of published materials and theses covers borrowing, transcription, variations, quotation, cantus firmus technique, paraphrase, imitation/parody, modeling, allusion, and other ways to rework existing music, from troping and organum to collage and electronic manipulation

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Unrestricted Access
An international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines. Catalog only, not full text

Bibliography of Black Music Case Reference ML128.B45 D44 Unrestricted Access
A bibliography of articles, books, essays covering black musicians and musical culture, including history, minstrelsy, spirituals, ragtime, musical theater, concert music blues, gospel, jazz, instruments, performance, theory, pedagogy, ethnomusicology, acculturation, and music as it relates to other disciplines; covering North and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Published in 1981.

Biographical Information
In addition to the websites below, check our Biography Guide or search the catalog for Biography and a term describing names of geographic place, organzations, types of persons, ethnic groups, or historic events, e.g. Musicians Biography

J.S. Bach Home Page Unrestricted Access
This comprehensive site includes pointers to listings of Bach's complete works, MIDI files of his recordings, and a calendar of upcoming Bach events.

Hector Berlioz website Unrestricted Access
Maintained by M. Austin and M. Tayeb (British academics), includes biographical info, text and libretti, photos, bibliographies, and more. Can search entire site (Google).

Fryderyk Chopin: Life, Works, Traditions Unrestricted Access
Maintained by the Frederic Chopin Society of Warsaw, this is a work in progress. Significant information already available.

Aaron Copland Collection Unrestricted Access
From the Library of Congress American Memory Collections, the multiformat Aaron Copland Collection spans the years 1910 to 1990 and includes approximately 400,000 items documenting the multifaceted life of an extraordinary person who was composer, performer, teacher, writer, conductor, commentator, and administrator. It comprises both manuscript and printed music, personal and business correspondence, diaries, writings, scrapbooks, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, awards, books, sound recordings, and motion pictures. The first release of the online collection contains approximately 1,000 items that yield a total of about 5,000 images. These items date from 1899 to 1981, with most from the 1920s through the 1950s, and were selected from Copland's music sketches, correspondence, writings, and photographs.

FGHandel.org Unrestricted Access
Jointly maintained by Brad Leissa and musicologist David Vickers, the site contains a discography, reviews of recent recordings, a bibliography of Handel scholarships, and a list of scholarly work in progress

International Mozarteum Foundation (Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum) Unrestricted Access
Founded in Salzburg in 1880, the Foundation has 3 main areas of concern: organization of concerts, the Mozart museums, and academic research. The website includes a catalog of Mozart research, concert ticket information, and more. The Foundation also maintains the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe / Digital Mozart Edition online.

Digital Mozart Edition (Newe Mozart-Ausgabe) Unrestricted Access Resource contains images
Operated by the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in cooperation with the Packard Humanities Institute, contains musical text of the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe. Must click on use agreement to enter.
Primary Sources
Primary sources abound in music: the score, performance, recording, reception of the original performance, correspondence between composer, lyricist, critics, and more. In many instances, you can search the composer in the catalog to find scores, recordings, and correspondes/autobiographies.

Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum Unrestricted Access
Coverage: 3rd-17th centuries. An evolving database of the full text of the entire corpus of Latin music theory written during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Handbooks & Guides
Music Research: a handbook Case Reference ML113.S28 2009 Unrestricted Access
A guide to doing research in music and a bibliography of library research tools.
Web Sites
AllMusic Unrestricted Access
News, reviews, and essays about a variety of genres. Entrance into the sections of the site in the upper right hand corner, or select a genre from the gray bar directly below the allmusic logo.

Internet Resources for Music Scholars Unrestricted Access
List of more than 300 scholarly music resources on the Internet. Maintained by Harvard's Music Library

Worldwide Internet Music Resources Unrestricted Access
Librarians at the Indiana University Music Library maintain this comprehensive site, which is a mix of popular and scholarly materials.

Music Resources Unrestricted Access
A comprehensive site, maintained at Finland's Sibelius Academy

Music Selection Resources on the WWW Unrestricted Access
A music selector for the King County Library System has compiled this listing of major and independent label listings, reviews, music publishers, library catalogs, and exemplary general, jazz, roots, classical, and world music reference sites. There are also resource guides on selection tools for the library music buyer.

Open Directory - Arts:Music Unrestricted Access
Part of the Open Directory Project, which claims to be the largest human edited directory of the web.

Reviews
GramoFile Unrestricted Access Some full text available
More than 250,000 reviews of classical sound recordings. Search by composer, orchestra, title, conductor, record label, catalog number, reviewer, or keyword, and view results sorted by date. Free, but requires registration. Be aware of email "news" check boxes.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Restricted Access
Coverage: 1969-present. Comprehensive database of scholarly articles, essays, proceedings, books, reviews, and more; covering musicology, ethnomusicoloy, performance practice, theory, pedagogy, musical instruments.

Book Review Index Restricted Access
Coverage: 1965-present. Indexes reviews in magazines and scholarly journals.

Book Review Digest Case Ref Z1219.C95 Restricted Access
Coverage: 1905-2004/05.  Indexes and excerpts reviews of books written in English and published in the U.S. and Canada. More selective than Book Review Index. Arranged alphabetically by author; subject and title indexes. Search year of publication and the year following publication.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1975-present (with selected older titles). A multi-disciplinary database with significant full-text. Covers information in nearly every area of academic study. Indexes 4,600 journals (of which 3,900 are peer-reviewed)

Web of Science Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1989-present. Access to Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and/or Arts & Humantities Citation Index. This resource has broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholary articles.  A feature which is somewhat unique to this resource is citation searching.  Using an important historic reference - one can see the more recent articles which cited the key reference.

Readers` Guide Retrospective Restricted Access
Coverage: 1890-1982. Good source for indexing popular U.S. magazine such as Time, Life, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. Extends coverage of Readers` Guide Abstracts to reflect the history of 20th century America.

Music Index Case Reference ML118 .M84 Restricted Access
Coverage: 1975-2001. More coverage of popular music than RILM. For book reviews, look up subject heading Book Reviews.

Genres
Classical
Classical Net Unrestricted Access
Nice starting spot for the neophyte. Contains lists of basic repertoire, CDs, reviews, lists of books & scores, and links to other classical music sites.


Computer/Electronic
Electronic Music Unrestricted Access
List of links maintained by the Music Library at Indiana University.

Electronic Music Interactive Unrestricted Access
A "music theory primer for electronic music" developed at the University of Oregon New Media Center.

Music Resources: Computer Music, MIDI, etc. Unrestricted Access
List of sites maintained by the Sibelius Academy

WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists: Computer & Electronic Music Unrestricted Access
List of sites maintained by the American Musicological Society


Jazz
Jazz Archive Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains video
Created and housed at Hamilton College, contains 300 interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era, and is particularly viable for material pertaining to the learning process employed by musicians prior to the establishment of jazz education programs, and the realities of making a career in the jazz world. Other significant topics addressed include stories of life on the road and in the active New York City recording scene as well as racial relations (past and present) in jazz. 282 intereviews have been transcribed, and are searchable by subject matter and key word search. Selected video excerpts may be viewed at the archive web site. Interviews are cataloged in WorldCat, and are available on loan in DVD format, from the Hamilton College Library, via Interlibrary Loan

Red Hot Jazz Archives Unrestricted Access
Short essays and biographies of early jazz. Most valuable for more than 1,000 recordings in streaming audio format.

All Music Guide: Jazz Unrestricted Access
Discography, biography, and reviews of albums. Music ratings and reviews are done by a coordinated system of free-lance writers and music experts from around the globe. Albums for each music artist are rated against their own best work and not against other artists in their genre. The result is a rating scheme that allows users to see at a glance the best (and worst) albums for any particular artist. Must drill down through music genres and sub-genres to get to performers/composers, songs, and recordings.

WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists: Jazz Unrestricted Access
List of sites maintained by the American Musicological Society

IJS Jazz Register CASE Microfiche Research ML156.4 .J3 R94 Unrestricted Access
Catalog and index (by performer, title, composer, label name) to recordings in the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. Guide filed with fiche. Produced quarterly, each edition was cumulative and superseded previous ed. July 1988 edition.

European Free Improvisation Pages Unrestricted Access
Begun in January 1995, EFIP was intended to be a comprehensive information resource for all aspects of the type of music known as European free improvisation. Particularly useful for European biographical information.


Musicals
Internet Broadway Database Unrestricted Access
Searchable database created by the League of American Theatres and Producers' Research Dept. Provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics.


Rock
Rock Music Scholarship: an interdisciplinary bibliography Case Reference ML128.R6 G37 1995 Unrestricted Access
List of articles and books about Rock Music. Published in 1995.

Literature of Rock 1974-78 Case Reference ML 128.R6 H6 Unrestricted Access
Bibliography of books and articles about rock music.

Literature of Rock 1979-1983 Case Reference ML 128.R6 H62 Unrestricted Access
Continuation of previous title.

All Music Guide: Rock Unrestricted Access
Discography, biography, and reviews of albums. Music ratings and reviews are done by a coordinated system of free-lance writers and music experts from around the globe. Albums for each music artist are rated against their own best work and not against other artists in their genre. The result is a rating scheme that allows users to see at a glance the best (and worst) albums for any particular artist. Must drill down through music genres and sub-genres to get to performers/composers, songs, and recordings.

History of Rock 'n' Roll Unrestricted Access
The Golden Decade 1954-1963.



Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame Unrestricted Access
The official website with visitor info, exhibit highlights and articles (click on Backstage pass).



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