Databases for Music

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Music Databases
Database Description Coverage More Info
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, along with The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, provide unsurpassed

Ancient times to the present more info
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

RILM includes all formats of scholarly works--articles, books, bibliographies, catalogs, dissertations, films and videos, and conference proceedings.

1967-present more info
Music Index

Music Index covers more that 850 music periodicals from more that 40 countries.

1975-present more info
Music & Performing Arts

Music & Performing Arts combines music audio and video that spans all time periods, and includes hundreds of thousands of seminal artists.

Medieval to present more info

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Music Databases
Database Description Coverage More Info
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the print Third Edition, and is part

1900-present more info
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

The 10-volume set of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music contains over 9,000 pages of material and covers: v.1 Africa; v. 2 South America, Central America, and the Caribbean; v.

1997-2001 more info
International Index to Music Periodicals

IIMP provides citations with abstracts to more than 300 international music periodicals from over 20 countries. IIMP also includes retrospective coverage from 99 periodicals.

1874-present more info
New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, along with the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, provide unsurpassed authority

1900's-present more info
New Grove Dictionary of Opera

The New Grove Dictionary of Operaalong with The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

Middle Ages to the present more info
Oxford Companion to Music

The Oxford Companion to Music offers over 8,000 articles across an extraordinary range of subjects: composers, performers, conductors, individual works, instruments and notation, forms and

1400's-present more info
Oxford Dictionary of Music

The Oxford Dictionary of Music brings together over 12,500 entries covering musical subjects of all kinds including entries on composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, i

Ancient times-present more info
Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online includes the most comprehensive scholarly encyclopedia of music in the English language. Coverage of music of all times and places.

Ancient times-present more info
Rock's Backpages

Rock's Backpages is the ultimate archive of music journalism, with over 24,000 articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop.

1960's-present more info

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Music Databases
Database Description Coverage More Info
Academic OneFile

Contains more than 11,000 academic jounals, the majority in full text and peer-reviewed, and podcasts and transcripts from major news sources.

1980-present more info
African American Song

16,000 audio tracks of historical recordings from a diverse range of genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, folk songs, and narratives, among others.

20th Century more info
American Song

Allows 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.

pre-1960 more info
Anthropology Plus

Provides citations to articles and essays from over 1,000 journals, monographic series, reports, commentaries, and review essays.

19th century-present more info
Classical Music Library

Classical Music Library is a fully searchable classical music resource—a comprehensive database of distinguished classical recordings.

Medieval to present more info
Contemporary World Music

Contemporary World Music will contain 50,000 tracks that deliver the sounds of all regions of the world.

20th Century more info
DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)

DRAM provides on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio (192kbps Mp4), complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives.

1800's-present more info
International Index to Performing Arts Full Text

This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals.

1990s-present more info
Jazz Music Library

The current release (2013) includes 10,752 albums and 133,660 tracks.

1920s-present more info
LexisNexis Academic

News, business information, medical and health topics, and law-related resources

1990s-present more info
Naxos Music Library Jazz

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers close to 60,000 tracks of jazz from over 5,200 albums, with over 7,000 jazz artists represented.

1900's-present more info
Naxos Video Library

Naxos Video Library brings you an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.

1990-present more info
New York Times

Covers the New York Times late edition (East Coast) (1980-present), the New York Times Magazine (1997-present), and the New York Times Book Review (1997-present).

1980-present more info
Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus provides full text coverage for 730 national & international newspapers.

2000-present more info
Opera in Video

Opera in Video contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

Renaissance-Present more info
Smithsonian Global Sound

The latest release of Smithsonian Global Sound (2013) includes 2,949 albums, equalling 42,405 tracks.

20th century more info

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