Online Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
- Baker's biographical dictionary of popular musicians since 1990
This biographical reference includes more than 550 entries focusing on artists active from 1990-2003. Individual artists and groups in all popular styles are covered, including those in rock, rhythm and blues, rap, country, electronica, jazz, vocal and crossover classical. Features include select discographies, bibliographies, a glossary of music terms, a table of best-selling music since 1990 and more.
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- Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online contains over 9,000 pages of material, the full text of the 10-volume print encyclopedia (more than 700 articles) with links to associated audio examples, musical illustrations, photographs, and drawings; song texts and score examples; and charts and maps of world regions.
- Grove Music Online
Edited by Laura Macy. Updated monthly, 2004-. Includes the full text with ongoing updates of the 20+ volume The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed., all four volumes of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and 3 volume set, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Full text searching is available.
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- Oxford Music Online
A gateway that offers users the ability to access and cross-search the resources of Oxford's music reference in one location. The cornerstone of Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online, has been redesigned with a number of functional enhancements and new content. Also features Colin Larkin's landmark Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
Abstracts & Indexes: Music
- Classical Music Reference Library
Classical Music Reference Library unites in a single on-line database over 30,000 pages of basic reference materials spanning the history of Western classical music. This database makes available for the first time in electronic form such reference titles as Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music.
- IIMP: International Index to Music Periodicals
An index to articles in over 350 international music journals, plus the New York Times and the Washington Post. Covers all types of music, from historical to the 21st century. Strong on popular genres and contemporary art-music. Coverage also includes CD & concert reviews, letters, and editorials.
- Index to Printed Music: Collections & Series
IPM is a database created to facilitate on-line searching for individual pieces of music published in standard scholarly editions. IPM will eventually contain detailed information on all music listed in "Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography," by George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens. Additional titles will be added, as appropriate. IPM is searchable by composer, title, and series name and number.
Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.
- Music Index Online
Bibliographic citations from more than 690 international music periodicals covering a broad range of subjects, including music history, forms and types of music, musical instruments from ancient to modern, and electro-acoustic and computer-produced music. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances, first performances, and obituaries are also indexed.
Location(s): Also available in print at the Music library in MUSIC Reference
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Effective July 1, 2004, this database is now available via the Cambridge Scientific Abstracts interface
RILM indexes scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology,
instruments and voice, dance, music therapy, music librarianship, the physics of music, and other fields as they relate to music.
Abstracts & Indexes: Arts & Humanities
- RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600
RISM (the International Inventory of Music Sources) is a database of
musical sources, such as manuscripts & printed music, works of music theory, and opera libretti which are preserved in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, and private collections around the world.
- Academic Search Premier
The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.
- Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective
Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches nearly 1200 of the most important journals in these subject areas. Updated, uniform subject headings facilitate your search, with the original subject headings also provided.
Subjects Covered Include:
Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Community Health & Medical Care, Corrections, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Folklore, Gender Studies, Geography, Gerontology, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literary & Social Criticism Literature, Minority Studies, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Planning & Public Administration, Policy Sciences, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Public Welfare, Religion and Theology, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies.
- MasterFile Premier
This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier, designed specifically for public libraries, provides full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for 2700 titles. This database features: 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews, 357 reference and travel books including the World Almanac & Book of Facts 2001; full text from 84,074 biographies, 86,132 full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary, 4th Edition and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags. MasterFILE Premier offers PDF backfiles as far back as 1975.
- LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.
- African American Music Reference
African American Music Reference aims to offer comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression by bringing together materials from reference works, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The first release of African American Music Reference includes over 3,900 pages of reference, including a comprehensive set of biographies on the top 185 African American composers, edited by Samuel Floyd, Jr., as well as 5,000 pages of liner notes from Document Records. Other materials in this release include African American iconography, collections of spirituals and slave lyrics, and reference on important ensembles and musicians such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers,Jelly Roll Morton, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, and more.
As the database grows, this material will be supplemented with other reference titles covering the histories of jazz, blues, bebop, hip hop, ragtime, gospel, and rhythm and blues, as well as a detailed chronology of African American events in music, links to Web resources, searchable sheet music, and new reference titles such as Mingus: A Critical Biography (Brian Priestley), Billie Holiday: Wishing on the Moon (Donald Clarke), Jazzwomen: Conversations with 21 Musicians (Indiana University Press), Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker (Gary Giddens), The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music (Theresa L. Reed), Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life (Wynton Marsalis), and more.
- Oxford History of Western Music
An extensive survey of the traditions of western music, beginning with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago. This work combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, illustrating how the music itself works and how contemporaries heard and understood it. Also describes how the context of each stylistic period – key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events – influenced and directed compositional practices.
- Oxford Scholarship Online - Music Collection
Collection of monographs covering a broad range of music scholarship, including musicology and music history, ethnomusicology, and music theory. Includes classic works, fundamental texts, and recently published titles.
- Cambridge Books Online
Offers access to e-books covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology, and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences.
Online Audio Resources
- Orchestral Music Online
The classic repertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, and musicologists throughout the world. Based on the critically acclaimed fourth edition of the printed reference work Orchestral Music: A Handbook, it provides greater and easier access to information on more than 6700 works by some 900 composers.
- American Song
American Song is a history database that contains ~12,00 tracks that allow people to hear and feel the music from America's past. The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. This release includes 763 albums, equaling 12,542 tracks.
- Classical Music Library
Classical Music Library is an extensive collection of recordings with a supplementary reference database that users may search and listen to music delivered to their desktop. Classical Music Library is cross-referenced to a database of supplementary information and features fully licensed recordings, thousands of program notes and composer biographies, advanced searching, and hundreds of recommended play lists themed by genres.
- World Music
Contains 50,000 tracks from genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
- Database of Recorded American Music
The Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM) is a collaboration between New World Records and New York University. DRAM facilitates research in American music by offering on-demand access to audio-streaming files of complete works by American composers. The 7,500 compositions currently in DRAM are drawn from the catalogues of the New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, and Mutable record labels. Ranging from folk to opera, native American to jazz, 19th-century "classical" to early rock, and musical theater to contemporary, electronic, and more, DRAM's goal is to make available for educational use and scholarly research the widest possible spectrum of recorded American music.
Alongside the high-quality music streams, complete liner notes, scholarly essays, bibliographies, and discographies are available for viewing on the Database. Playlists can be created by faculty to address specific curriculum needs.
- Jazz Music Library
Jazz Music Library includes such major labels as Verve, Impulse, Jazzology, Black Swan, Circle Records, Paramount, Concord, Fantasy, Milestone, Monterey Jazz Festival Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo, Peak, Prestige, Riverside, Stretch Records, and Original Jazz Classics.*
The list of artists ranges from Buddy Guy, Charlie Parker, Chuck Mangione, Dinah Washington, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Grover Washington, Jr., Les Paul, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Peggy Lee, to Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Billie Holliday, Thelonius Monk, Tony Bennett, and many others.
- Naxos Music Library
The Naxos Music Library is an online collection of recorded music in streaming audio-- primarily classical music, plus smaller collections of world music and jazz.
- Naxos Music Library Jazz
Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online. It offers close to 22,600* tracks of jazz from over 2,300* albums. Over 500* jazz artists are represented. You will need to download the FreeHand Solero viewer at http://freehandmusic.com/DoDownloadViewer.aspx
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Online Score Resources
- Smithsonian Global Sounds
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.
Online Video Resources
- Classical Scores Library
Scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works. Includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.
- Naxos Video Library
A performing arts video library with hundreds of operas, ballets,
documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places. It
includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts,
among others and is continuously updated to offer the best selection of
performing arts videos.
- Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press)
Contains ~250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.
- RefWorks: Personal Citation Manager
RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).
Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started. or view the library workshop Zotero Basics.
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