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Music Research Guide

Jane A. Beebe
Head of the Catalog Section/Music Librarian

230 Frost Library
PO Box: AC# 2256
Please call the college operator at 413-542-2000 or e-mail if you require contact

Books | Databases | Reference | Media | Web Resources

Recently added Music


International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (1874 to present)
Provides indexing and abstracts for more that 425 international music periodicals, plus full text for around 140 journals.

Music Index Online (1974 to present)

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to present)
Covers literature on music from all over the world.

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950)
RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music.


African American Music Reference
Essays and images for study of all forms of black music: blues, spirituals, jazz, rap, and more.

Classical Music Reference Library

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples.

Covers performing arts industry news.

Oxford History of Western Music
An account of the evolution of western music by Richard Taruskin.

Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music online is the access point for Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference resources.


American Song
Nearly 7,000 albums of music from America's past, including civil rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, wars, and more.

Classical Music Library
Classical music recordings (14,000+ albums) including vocal, choral, chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental music and opera.

Contemporary World Music

Database of Recorded American Music
Scholarly resource of recordings including New World, Composers Recordings (CRI), Albany Records, Mode, Frog Peak and BMOP.

Jazz Music Library
Streaming jazz recordings. Includes nearly 11,000 titles.

Met Opera on Demand (1936 to present)
More than 450 extraordinary Met performances, video and audio streaming.

Music Online
Cross-searches audio, video, scores, and full-text reference content from all Alexander Street Press music databases.

Naxos Music Library
Streaming music; listen to songs or the complete CD. Most extensive collection of classical music available, but also includes jazz, world music, spoken word, and more. Adobe Flash Player 10 is required for streaming.

Naxos Music Library Jazz

Naxos Video Library

Smithsonian Global Sound
In partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.

Web Resources

Internet Music Resources:

Worldwide Internet Music Resources (University of Indiana)

Online Resources for Music Scholars (Harvard University)

Bach Bibliography by Yo Tomita

Beethoven Gateway (formerly Beethoven Bibliography)  Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies San Jose State University

New Music USA   A merger of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. Includes Counterstream, a streaming radio site for American music and Online Library, a comprehensive database of works by living American composers. 

Historic Archival Collections:

Library of Congress American Memory Performing Arts sites

American Folklife Center The collections in the Center's Archive of Folk Culture include folk cultural material from all fifty states.

New York Philharmonic Digital Archives

Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive  The Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive was established in 2002 as a repository of sound recordings for researchers and students. Please note, it is not a free music download site. If you are not a student at Dartmouth College or at Hebrew College, you will need to register and demonstrate a legitimate scholarly or research purpose. User accounts are good for 6 months and can be renewed if needed.

Lieder and Song Texts:

The Lied and Art Song Texts Page

Public Domain and Digitized Music Scores:

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library  Free public domain sheet music

Choral Public Domain Library  Free choral sheet music and ChoralWiki

VARIATIONS Prototype Online Music Scores

Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, Digital Score Repository Public domain scores and books

Opera Sources:

Opera Glass


Met History Metropolitan Opera

Jazz Resources:

The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection at Stanford University

Musical Instruments:

Virtual Instrument Museum

Folk Music

Folk Music Index  Online bibliographic database that compiles citations of print and recorded sources for folk music.