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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
- 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.
- 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 to Music Journals
- RILM Music Encyclopedias
A full-text compilation of 41 seminal titles published from 1775 to the present and comprising nearly 80,000 pages, the majority of which are not available anywhere else online. This is an extensive global resource designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community. It provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of the most important disciplines, fields, and subject areas, among them popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages;English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, and Greek.
- Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly called International Index to Performing Arts)
This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
- 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.
Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.
- Music Index Online
Information 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, acoustic, electronic, and computer-produced music. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances, first performances, and obituaries are also indexed.
- Project Muse
Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature features a wealth of content from the early 1800s through the present with some content coverage extending back as far as the late 18th century. Updated monthly, the database includes coverage of relevant articles from more than 10,000 journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature also includes nearly 850,000 records with over 52,000 new records are added every year.
Abstracts & Indexes to Interdisciplinary Journals
- 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. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.
- Arts & Humanities Citation Index (included in Web of Science)
Note: A&HCI is no longer searchable as a separate index.
(1) Start by clicking on this link, which takes you to the Web of Science main page.
(2) In the search box enter one or more key words.
(3) On the next page, under Research Domains, select Arts and Humanities to limit your results.
(4) Hints: Your choice of words can influence the results. For example, "hydraulic fracturing" will favor science-journal articles; "fracking" will retrieve more articles in humanities and social-science journals.
- EBSCO MegaFILE
Search for articles from journals, magazines, and news sources on any topic. EBSCO MegaFILE is a combined search of Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases. Select "Choose Databases" to expand your search.
- LexisNexis Academic
LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.
- 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 provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.
- Cambridge Core
Offers access to books and journals covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology, medicine, humanities and social sciences.
- Cambridge Histories Online
Provides full text online access to over 360 volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series published since 1960. Coverage of political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
- 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.
Online Audio Resources
- 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.
- 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.
Online Score Resources
- 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.
- Choral Public Domain Library
A database of public-domain score images to over 16,000 choral and vocal works by over 2000 composers. Also includes texts, translations, and other info.
- 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.
- Digital Mozart Edition
The Digital Mozart Edition is the core program of the Mozart Institute at the International Mozarteum Foundation. The DME aims to provide world-wide access to the complete works of W.A.Mozart in digital form via the Internet for study and performance purposes. The DME will also include a critical edition of Mozart's letters, documents, and libretti. The DME creates images of original source materials with due consideration of copyright laws. Access to the Web site, including the downloading and printing of files for non-commercial purposes, is free. Information relating to Mozart's works and sources will also be provided online.
- Mutopia Project
A database of music scores and sheet music available for free download. These are based on editions in the public domain, and include works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others. Also included are a growing number of modern editions, arrangements, and new music. The respective editors, arrangers and composers have chosen to make these works freely available.
- Sheet Music Consortium
The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music. The SMC provides tools and services that promote access to and use of online sheet music collections by scholars, students, and the general public. It provides cross-collection searching to 22 sheet music collections and a total of over a quarter-million items.
Online Video Resources
- Sibley Music Library Collection
Over 20,000 public-domain scores and books held by the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (NY). Many items are unique to the this collection.
- Music Online: Classical Music in Video
Searchable database containing over 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video -- over 1,500 performances in all. The collection contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.
- Dance in Video, Vol. 1
Searchable database containing streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance. Videos can be browsed by people, role, ensemble, genre, and venue. Material types include documentaries, editorials, instructional, interviews, and performances. Database users may create their own custom playlists and video clips.
Medici.tv offers high-definition webcasts and streaming videos from leading music festivals, including Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Denis, Aspen, Glyndebourne, and Lucerne, as well as from such music venues as the Opéra National de Paris, Auditorium du Louvre, Cité de la Musique, and Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Milan's La Scala. It also offers a video archive of performances by great musicians of the past, including Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, and many others. Documentaries on performers and composers, educational programs, and master classes are also included.
- 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.
- Music Online: Opera in Video (formerly Opera in Video)
Contains about 300 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 selections are based on each 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 worldwide stagings of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.
Mendeley is a freely available citation manager that helps you manage your PDF collections.
- Citation Manager Tools
Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to:
import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources
save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself
format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles
include your own notes
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.
Style Manuals & Writing Guides
- Sourcebook for Research in Music
An introductory reference source of varied information, largely bibliographical, pertaining to research in the field of music. An invaluable reference tool for guiding the researcher through the vast proliferation of music resource materials.
Location(s): Music Library Reference ML113 .C68 2005
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- Chicago Manual of Style Online
The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. The Libraries have access to 16th and 17th editions.
Web Sites of Interest
- Manual for writers of term papers, theses, and dissertations
A style manual addressing every aspect of scholarly writing from spelling to citation formats to document layout. Examples of citations are given for many formats
Location(s): TC Music Library
LB2369 .T8 2007
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- Bach Archive Leipzig
A centre of Bach scholarship, comprising a research institute, a library, and a museum.
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