Major Research Tools

American Song

Database of American roots music, including country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, and shape note singing. Songs are categorized by historical event as well as musicians, genres, etc.


Classical Music Library

Database of classical music plus biographical information on composers.


Contemporary World Music

Audio collection of music from around the world. Includes reggae, worldbeat, Indian classical, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, and more.


Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Reference

World music reference database featuring over 700 articles plus associated audio examples, illustrations and photographs, song texts, and score examples.


Jazz Music Library

Audio collection covering all types of jazz.


JSTOR

Full-Text
Searchable archive of the back issues of scholarly journals, plus current subscriptions to 44 titles. The most recent 3-5 years of most journals are not included in JSTOR. (Alums can access JSTOR archival journals through the alumni portal.)

Music & Performing Arts Online

Interface for simultaneously searching five music listening databases: American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound.


Naxos Music Library

Audio collection covering classical, jazz, and world music, with particular strength in 20th and 21st century composers. Users can create playlists and can download the free NML iPhone app to listen to their playlists remotely.


Oxford Music Online

Full-Text

Authoritative reference works on music, including Grove Music Online.


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Index

Coverage: 1967-present

Indexes the scholarly literature of music from Amadeus to Zevon.


Rock's Backpages Library

Full-Text

Rock reviews, articles, and interviews from the 1960s to the present.


Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

Music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection and from other music archives around the world. Strong in American folk and other "roots" music. Includes spoken word recordings, such as poets reading their works.


Other Suggested Research Tools

African-American Band Music & Recordings, 1883-1923

Full-Text

A collection of stock arrangements for bands or small orchestras of popular songs written by African Americans. Also includes digitized sets of parts and pre-1923 recordings for selected arrangements, songs, and composers.


Archive of Popular American Music

Full-Text

Digital archive of sheet music for popular American songs published from 1885 to 1953.


Aria Database

Full-Text

Indexes information on arias from over 170 operas, with original texts, translations, and MIDI files.


Folk Music Index to Recorded Sources

Index

Index to recorded folk music, searchable by title keyword and performer. Related and alternate titles and melodies are cross-referenced.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia - Archive

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia of GLBT art, literature, film, music, and popular culture. The encyclopedia was closed and archived in 2015.


Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective

Index

Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.


International Music Score Library Project

Full-Text

Large repository of free classical music scores. Provided by the Petrucci Music Library.


Internet Broadway Database

Full-Text

Official archival database for Broadway theatre information from the League of American Theatres and Producers. Provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre to present. Includes playwright, opening night cast, theater, performance statistics.


J.S. Bach: Texts of the Complete Vocal Works with English Translation and Commentary

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English translations of the vocal works of J.S. Bach with background information on the literary sources and performance history of each work. From The University of Vermont.


Jazz Institute of Chicago Journal

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Articles, music criticism, and interviews with jazz personalities and others recalling the jazz culture of Chicago's South Side, also called Bronzeville.

Metropolitan Opera - MetOpera Database

Full-Text

Information on all performances of the Metropolitan Opera from it's opening in 1883 to the present.


Music in Movies

Full-Text

Audio collection of classical music in movies, listed by title of movie.


Music Manuscripts Online

Full-Text

Digitized images and detailed descriptions of music manuscripts from the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.


Musicals101.com

Full-Text, Gateway

A history of musical theater.


Mutopia Project

Full-Text

Collection of several hundred classical music scores in various text formats. Browse by composer, instrument, or musical style or search by keyword.


Open Music Library

Full-Text, Gateway

Digital collection of freely available scores (+200k), journal articles (+33k), books, audio, video, ephemera, and more. Covers music from across the world, from classical to contemporary.


OperaGlass

Full-Text, Gateway

Database of information on opera, including synopses, libretti, source texts, performance histories, discographies, and reviews. Provides information on composers, librettists, and opera companies and links to other opera Web sites.


Red Hot Jazz Archive

Full-Text

Collection of primary and secondary materials related to the development of jazz from 1895 to 1929. Features more than 200 sound files of jazz recordings along with biographical essays, band histories, discographies, filmographies, and photographs.


Rock Music Timeline

Full-Text

Chronology of rock and roll history from the 1950's through the 1990's.


Show Music on Record

Full-Text

Provides discographic information on commercially-released show music recordings from the late 19th century to the present. From the Library of Congress.


Sibley Music Library Musical Scores

Full-Text

Large and growing collection of digitized music scores from the Eastman School of Music's Sibley Library, the largest academic music library in North America, with an emphasis on scores not widely held or digitized elsewhere.


Yiddish Sheet Music

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A collection of public-domain scores from the John Hay Library of Brown University focusing on Yiddish-language music for the stage.  Also includes art songs, folk songs, and sacred music in Yiddish and Hebrew.