Answered By: Laura Percival
Last Updated: Jan 04, 2017     Views: 30

The main databases for music students are:

  • Oxford Music Online - Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - This is the major source for discovering what journal articles (and other material) have been written about (mainly classical) music.
  • JSTOR (Arts and Sciences III) - This covers around 50 titles full-text but is archival so recent articles are not included. Articles in JSTOR may be effectively searched for though RILM.
  • ZETOC - This is a useful supplement to RILM as it covers music in non-music journals.
  • Rock's Back Pages - An archive of reviews, interviews and features from the early '60s to the present day please note - this database has its own username and password to log in. Follow the link to see the details.
  • IPA Source - Library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

We also have access to online music and video resources:

  • Classical Music Library - One of the largest online classical music recording collections available for listening, with the main emphasis on the baroque, classical and romantic periods.
  • Jazz Music Library - Online collection of jazz tracks.
  • Naxos Music Library - As well as Naxos recordings, releases from several other labels are now included, covering Jazz, World Music, and a wide range of Classical repertoire. 
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz - List of Jazz recordings
  • Naxos Video Library - Streaming video from Naxos and several labels. please note - this database has its own username and password to log in. Follow the link to see the details.

For more help, please visit the music subject guide.

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