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Welcome to the research guide for Music
If you'd like assistance with research in music, or help finding books, CDs, scores, DVDs, articles, and online resources, please contact me-- I love questions!
This guide is a work in progress, and I welcome your suggestions to improve it.
SuperSearch is a great place to start for journal articles, books and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface.
For searching with more focus and precision, try one of the databases recommended on this guide.
Oxford Music Online
The most authoritative and extensive encyclopedia for music is Grove Music Online, now available through Oxford Music Online. Gateway to Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference works, with more than 20,000 subject entries and 30,000 biographies, covering all genres of music.
Featured Library Resources for Music
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature This link opens in a new window
Citations and abstracts for significant writings on music: journal articles, conference proceedings, Festschrifts, books & dissertations, 1967 to present
Naxos Music Library This link opens in a new window
Classical and world music in streaming audio. Comprehensive, including most of the classical repertoire—over one million tracks from Naxos, Chandos, EMI, Nonesuch, and hundreds of other labels. Free mobile app available.
This resource allows a limited number of simultaneous users. Please log out via the log-out button at the top left of the screen when you are finished.
A comprehensive encyclopedia devoted to music of all the world's peoples. Available via the Boston Public Library; first-time users must register online with the BPL for an eCard, which is good for two years.