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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
The complete Encyclopedia Britannica and more: "Our guide to the Web's best sites includes more than 125,000 sites, and you can also search the text of more than 100 million Web pages to find more information."
- Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
This 7-volume set covers popular music globally. Vol.1. covers Media, industry and society; v. 2. Performance and production; v. 3. Caribbean and Latin America; v. 4. North America; v. 5. Asia and Oceania; v. 6. Africa and the Middle East; and v. 7. Europe.
Location(s): TC Music Library Reference ML102.P66 C66 2003 Non-Circulating
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- Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Featuring 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, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.
- Encyclopedia of World Pop Music 1980-2001
Location(s): TC Music Library Quarto ML102.P66 J44 2003
- 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 Encyclopedia of the Music of India
Covers Indian music through 2,000 years of history. Entries cover forms of music from classical to film-originated, as well as dance styles, technical terms, instruments, and biographies of vocalists, musicologists, saint poets, gurus, composers, and instrumentalists. With 5,000 entries by approximately 100 contributors, the work spans all regions of India, and also covers the music of the Subcontinent, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
- 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.
Indexes to Music Journals
- Includes Colin Larkin's Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
- 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.
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.
Indexes to Cross-Disciplinary Journals
- 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.
- 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 (Web of Science)
AHCI covers arts, humanities, and area studies scholarship. Titles of foreign-language works are translated into English, and abstracts are given in English, thereby simplifying and standardizing searching across languages.
- 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.
Music Education Resources
- 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.
Bibliographic database of journal and non-journal education literature, with more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966.
- Music Education: A Guide to Information Sources
Location(s): ML19. H37
- Music in American Education
Location(s): 371. 378 M973
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Music Reference Resources
- Research in Music Education: An Introduction to Systematic Inquiry
Location(s): MT1. R26 1987
- 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.
- Cambridge Core
Offers access to e-books covering subjects from all disciplines including arts, humanities, and social sciences.
- Garland handbook of African music
Location(s): Music Library Quarto ML350 .G54 2000 Regular Loan
- Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography
By Vincent H. Duckles & Ida Reed. 5th Ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1997. Widely considered one of the most important resources for music research, this guide provides an excellent starting point for any research in the field of music.
Location(s): Music Library Reference ML113 D83 1997
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- Oxford Scholarship Online - Music Collection
Full texts 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.
An interactive Web site that offers information on rhythm- and percussion-based music, including jazz, reggae, African pop, samba, and more. Contents can be explored by culture or by type of instrument. Includes sound files under the heading "Rhythmweb Radio."
Online Audio Resources
- 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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- African American Song
Please use American Music
- American Music (previously American Song & African 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.
- World Music
World Music is a Web-based resource that streams over 1.5 million audio tracks from about 130,000 albums, plus 22 videos. The content ranges from 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, Composers Recordings Inc., 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. More than 4,000 albums from over 40 independent record labels and archives, documenting over 7,500 compositions from the catalogs of the New World, CRI, Albany, innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, Deep Listening, Mutable, and other 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 (formerly Jazz Music Library)
Jazz (formerly Jazz Music Library) is a Web-based resource that streams over a half-million audio tracks from about 45,000 albums
issued by 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.
Online Video Resources
- 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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- 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.
Web Sites of Interest for Music Research
- 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.
- Music Research Databases
Web Links of potential interest to music researchers compiled by the American Musicological Society.
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