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Research Guides 

Check out below for help finding information, specific resources,
and research hints for more specific areas within the broader subject of Music.

Databases and Indexes

The two major resources we have available to assist you in music-specific research are Music Index and RILM. The table below will points out the strengths of each of these. Begin with the one most appropriate to your research need.



Music Index


Dates of coverage 1949 - 1967 -
Format Print: 1949 - 2001
Online via EbscoHost : 1962-present
Print: 1967-1979
Online via EbscoHost:
Updates Monthly (print version) Weekly
Content Periodical articles only Articles, dissertations, bibliographies, books, reviews
Scope Primarily English language International
Records include Citations only Citations and abstracts
Major subject focus Classical and popular music, music education Scholarly works, musicology, ethnomusicology

Music Index

RILM/Music Literature

Academic Search Premier A general academic database that includes music periodicals. To limit to scholarly journals only, select Peer Reviewed in the Limits.

JSTOR Full-text. Complete digitized back-runs of core scholarly journals in the arts, including many music journals. Note: This is not a current issues database.

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