Databases by subject: Music

Major Indexes

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text

Find articles on music topics and genres, including performance, ethnomusicology, composition, and music education.

Music Index

Find articles, book reviews, magazines on classical and popular music.

Music Online: Listening

Find streaming audio in a wide variety of musical genres, including classical music, world music, popular music, jazz and other forms of American music.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Find articles, conference proceedings, books, dissertations in ethnomusicology, popular music, jazz studies, classical music, instruments, and musicology.

Additional Databases

African American Music Reference

Search or browse over 160 books on all aspects of African American music.

Classical Music Library

Find tracks from Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox. Styles include Gregorian Chant, vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

Classical Music Reference Library

Find a variety of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music.

Classical Performance in Video (Music Online)

Find thousands of classical music and dance productions as well as documentaries, interviews, and masterclasses.

Classical Scores Library

Find scores from composers of Western classical music, including full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores.

Dance in Video

Find streaming video of dance production, documentaries in jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary dance, experimental and improvisational dance.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

The largest and most authoritative popular music reference work, comprised of the full text of The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th Edition, this work features a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music,

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Covers world music and ethnomusicology. Contains over 9,000 pages of text written by 700 expert contributors worldwide. Includes audio examples, musical illustrations, photographs and drawings, song texts and score examples, in addition to charts and maps of the world's regions.

IPA Source

Find thousands of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

ITER: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Find citations to articles, books, reviews, catalogues, and conference proceedings about the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes links to full text.

Music Periodicals of the 19th Century (Music Online)

Search scanned articles, advertisements, and musical scores from prominent American music periodicals from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Naxos Music Library

Find streaming audio in classical, jazz, rock, opera, and folk. Includes cover artwork, tracklists, music notes, instrumentation, composers and performers.
Database is limited to 15 simultaneous users.

Opera in Video

Find streaming video of operas, interviews, and documentaries.

Oxford Music Online

Grove Music Online (formerly the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera) is the world’s premier online music encyclopedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.

RISM (Repertoire International des Sources Musicales)

Find original manuscripts (most before 1800) or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, and private collections worldwide.

Smithsonian Global Sound

Find streaming recordings of global and world music in a variety of genres and languages.