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A guide to books, articles, scores, and other resources related to music.
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Purchase College Library subscribes to more than 130 research databases in a variety of subject areas. In order to find articles and citations to articles, you will need to search within these databases.

Don't know which database to use? Academic Search Complete or ProQuest Research Library are good starting points for many subjects.

What if the database does not have an electronic version of the article? Most databases will have a Find It button that may link you to the electronic version of the article in another full text database. You can also search Journals by Title to locate electronic copies, or do a Title Search in the catalog to see if a print version is available in the library.

But what if the Purchase College Library doesn't have the journal you need? Purchase College students, faculty and staff may submit an Interlibrary Loan request to obtain copies of the articles you need from another institution; if the article is available, a copy will be delivered electronically to you.


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Welcome to Purchase College Library's subject guide for MUSIC. Whether you're just starting your research or looking for a new approach, this guide can help you find books, articles, databases, websites, and other resources related to your research topic.

Selected Databases

To find articles, search these recommended subject databases:

  • Music Index Online
    Provides indexing to articles on classical and popular music from international music journals. Also indexes book reviews, record reviews, first performances, and obituaries.
  • RILM : Abstracts of Music Literature
    International bibliography (with abstracts) of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. Covers journal articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, film recordings, videos, and reviews of books and other materials.
  • Project Muse
    Offers scholarly journals that blanket literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and others. Contains full text.
    An archive of complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and sciences, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. We subscribe to the following collections: Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, XI; Ecology & Botany; Health & General Sciences; Language & Literature; Music Collection; and Journal of Field Archaeology.
  • Academic Search Complete
    Coverage is multidisciplinary and includes arts & humanities, computer sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, and ethnic studies from scholarly monographs, journals, and newspapers. Contains full text
  • Oxford Music Online  
    Access Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. Search funcationality includes subject and historical period filters tailored to suit the content of each work.
  • Naxos Music Library  
    A sound-streaming service that provides access to a distinguished collection of classical music, historical recordings, and jazz, plus world, folk, and Chinese music.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    Offers a mix selection of jazz legends and contemporary jazz from over 250 labels, and includes the catalogue of Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy and others.
  • Classical Scores Library (Vols. I and II)
    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.
  • Classical Music Reference Library
    Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music. Offers comprehensive coverage of all classical genres, spanning music from the Medieval period to the 21st century, including definitions of musical terms and biographical information on the major classical composers and artists.
  • Opera in Video  
    The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors. Uses streaming video and includes the ability to save playlists and clips.
  • The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Each of the 10 volumes contains an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include detailed photographs that show musicians, musical instrument, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Other images include drawings, maps, and musical examples for further study.
  • African American Music Reference
    Brings together reference texts, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. The database includes comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and more.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    A plethora of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multi-disciplinary research. Contains full text.

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