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Journal Articles

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
An index covering all areas of music and related fields of study.  RILM indexes journals, books, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, Festschriften, films, and videos.  Published by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale.

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

ATLA Religion with Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Index and full text of biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues.

Project Muse Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 124 journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press; covers 1995-present in most cases.

Publications in the Field

Find a Publication Unrestricted Resource
Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.

Reference Materials

Encyclopedia of Popular Music On campus use only
This ten-volume set covers all facets of popular music.  Entries include lists of albums, compilations, and where applicable, further reading.
Call No: REF. ML 102 .P66 G84 2006

Grove Book of Operas Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
First published in 1996 to great critical and popular acclaim, the Grove Book of Operas, is a collection of synopses and descriptions of over 250 operas. Each succinct yet insightful entry is written by a leading authority on the opera and includes a full synopsis of the plot, a cast list, a note on the singers in the original production, and information on the origins of the work and its literary and social background. Contributions conclude with a brief comment on the particular work's place in operatic history.

Harvard Dictionary of Music On campus use only
An authoritative music dictionary with encyclopedia including articles, illustrations, and musical examples.  Many entries include a bibliography for further reading.
Call Number: REF ML100 .A64 2003

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Covers the cultural history of biblical texts, themes, characters, images, and the Bible itself in the literary, visual, and musical arts

Audio Recordings

Naxos Music Library Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains audio
A digital library of streaming music.

Archival Sound Recordings Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains audio
This website delivers a selection of that rich audio heritage in the form of tens of thousands of digitized recordings and their associated documentation.
Note: Not all sound recordings will be available to U.S. users due to copyright.

Global Music Archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
The Global Music Archive is a multi-media reference archive and resource center for traditional and popular song, music, and dance of Africa and the Americas. It is a public facility that promotes education in African and American traditional and popular music through its own activities and by supporting the activities of others.

Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
A virtual library containing images, sound recordings, three-dimensional models, and video clips in a variety of languages.  Click here for a video introduction to GloPAD.

Judaica Sound Archives Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
An online archive containing 70,000 Judaica sound recordings of music, litergy, humor, and theater.  Some background information on the artists and recordings is available.

National Jukebox Unrestricted Resource Resource contains audio
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Biographical Information

Grove Book of Opera Singers Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
The most comprehensive guide to opera singers ever produced, this volume offers an alphabetically arranged collection of authoritative biographies that range from Marion Anderson (the first African American to perform at the Met) to Benedict Zak (the classical tenor and close friend and colleague of Mozart). Readers will find fascinating articles on such opera stars as Maria Callas and Enrico Caruso, Ezio Pinza and Fyodor Chaliapin, Lotte Lehmann and Jenny Lind, Lily Pons and Luciano Pavarotti. The profiles offer basic information such as birth date, vocal style, first debut, most memorable roles, and much more.

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians On campus use only
This 29-volume set includes 29,000 detailed and signed articles written by 5,700 contributors from 98 countries. The articles include 20,000 biographies; 2,200 entries for instruments and their makers; 1,400 entries on styles, terms, and genres; 1,300 entries on world music; 1,200 entries on popular music; plus entries on other topics, like acoustics.
Call Number: REF ML100 .N48 2001

Primary Sources

American Memory: Performing Arts, Music Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
The Library of Congress has 32 online collections covering performing arts and music. Search all of the collections at once or choose a collection to browse.

Beethoven-Haus Bonn Digital Archives Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains audio
"The Beethoven-Haus Bonn is one of the two most important archives of primary source documents concerning composer Ludwig van Beethoven. For more than a century it has been publishing books, scores, and facsimiles of Beethoven material, and Das Digitale Beethoven-Haus is an extension of that imperative to share and inform."
-CHOICE May 'O8 ~ Vol. 45, No. 09

Brubeck Oral History Project Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
Dave and Iola Brubeck were interviewed for this oral history project on January 30 and 31, 2007. During the interviews, the Brubecks discussed a broad range of topics from throughout their lives. Some of the stories cover well-known episodes in their career, others are related for the first time. The University of the Pacific Library's Special Collections department also has other Dave Brubeck materials available.

Center for Popular Music Unrestricted Resource
The Center for Popular Music (CPM) is a research center devoted to the study and scholarship of popular music in America. The Center maintains an archive of research materials stretching from the early eighteenth century to the present and develops and sponsors programs in vernacular music.

Historic American Sheet Music Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music.

International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
IMSLP is a community-built library of public domain sheet music, containing an extensive collection of scores scanned to PDF. Also includes some recordings, when available.

Includes all public domain works of J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Joseph Canteloube, Emmanuel Chabrier, Ernest Chausson, Frédéric Chopin, Arcangelo Corelli, Claude Debussy, Vincent d'Indy, Paul Dukas, Gabriel Fauré, Pierre-Octave Ferroud, George Frideric Handel, Jean Huré, Albéric Magnard, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Maurice Ravel, Albert Roussel, Erik Satie, Florent Schmitt, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin and Jean Sibelius, as well as a large percentage of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt, and many others.

Leonard Bernstein Collection Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Digitized documents pertaining to the work and life of Leonard Bernstein, including 1,100 pieces of correspondence, program scripts (including drafts), photographs, and other materials.

Ebooks

Google Book Search Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Google Books contains thousands of books that have been digitized. Books under copyright are available as a limited preview only, while books in the public domain are often available in their entirety.

Bibliographies

Bach Bibliography Unrestricted Resource
The Bach Bibliography project has the following aim: to make available to scholars free access to the most up-to-date and most comprehensive bibliography for Bach studies. Users can search by keyword in any specific or unspecific fields (such as 'author', 'title', 'year') in various combinations.

Dissertations

Open Access Theses & Dissertations Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. To the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

ProQuest Open Access Dissertations and Theses (PQDT Open) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. You can locate dissertations and theses relevant to your discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.

(If you're looking for a dissertation and don't find it here, ask the library and we can try to request a copy for you.)

Websites

All About Jazz Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
A resource for jazz enthusiasts including lists of new releases, festivals, radio stations, articles, columns, CD and book reviews, musician interviews, and links to other resources on the Web.

Center for Black Music Research Unrestricted Resource
Includes definitions and information on styles and genres, bibliographies and music lists, a discography of music of black composers, resources for teachers, the CBMR Style Guide, and a list of current jobs in the field.

Classical Net Unrestricted Resource
"Geared primarily toward classical music record collectors, this site offers an impressive collection of information on Western art music... The home page lists seven major sections: Basic Repertoire List, Classical CD Buying Guide, Recommended Classical CDs, Composer's Works and Data, Reviews and Articles, Books and Scores, and Classical Music Links."
CHOICE December '07 ~ Vol. 45, No. 04

Google Scholar Unrestricted Resource
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Hiphop Archive Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
hiphoparchive.org provides information about all activities and projects and serves as a resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining and representing Hiphop.

Hymnary.org Unrestricted Resource
Hymnary.org is an online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike. At Hymnary.org you can search or browse hymns by title, tune, meter, key, scripture reference, and more.

Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
This exhibition includes illuminated manuscripts from five major European libraries, including prayer and gospel books, ancient Greek and Roman classics, historical and travel texts, and sacred music and theology texts.

OperaGlass Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
A list of electronic libretti, OperaGlass is organized by simple alphabetized list of operas and associated resources, which generally include a synopsis and/or the full libretto and possibly a performance history (not exhaustive), discography, pictures, or other source materials.

The European Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Provides direct access to millions of full-text pages and digital objects that include manuscripts, video, audio, images, and books from national and research libraries across Europe. You can search materials in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, biomedical sciences, and technological sciences.

WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists Unrestricted Resource
A directory of web resources compiled by the American Musicological Society.  Topics covered include job listings, journals, encyclopedia, blogs, and music jokes.

Organizations

American Musical Instrument Society Unrestricted Resource
An international organization founded in 1971 to promote better understanding of all aspects of the history, design, construction, restoration, and usage of musical instruments in all cultures and from all periods.

Center for Black Music Research Unrestricted Resource
Includes definitions and information on styles and genres, bibliographies and music lists, a discography of music of black composers, resources for teachers, the CBMR Style Guide, and a list of current jobs in the field.