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This page lists resources focused on research related to music. For more resources related to music research, use the other guides linked to in the righthand sidebar. 

For a full list of Wheaton's electronic resources, consult this list.
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Music Index [EBSCO] Restricted Resource openURL
Indexes material relevant to classical and popular music and musicology. Includes articles, book and record reviews, first performances, and obituaries; 1973 - present.
Note: Earlier coverage (1949-1972) is available in the print edition, located in the compact shelving area in the stacks.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Print Location: Reference Indexes [at the end of periodicals compact shelving in the stacks] Restricted Resource
Comprehensive index of music literature, broadly understood, including articles, books, festschriften, and even drawings. 1967-1999.
Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums Online (BMS)
Comprehensive index of music literature covering up to 2,500 books and serials and up to 10,000 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews per year. The search interface is in German, but the indexed content is multilingual. 1950-1975 & 1988-present. 
Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource openURL
Encyclopedic coverage of musical subjects of all kinds including composers, performers, conductors, musical terms and forms, individual works, instruments and notations, venues, and genres. Electronic version of the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the Oxford Companion to Music, and the Oxford Dictionary of Music. Cross-searchable with the Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Humanities Full Text [H.W. Wilson / EBSCO] Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Indexes journals in the disciplines of archaeology and classical studies, art, folklore, history, language and literature, literary criticism, music and performing arts, philosophy, and religion; includes over 320 full text journals; 1984 - present.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availableopenURL
Full text backfiles of over 2,500 core scholarly journals in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. To help you navigate and search JSTOR, check their helpful how-to guide (PDF). 

Note: JSTOR includes 16 current titles, but for all others, JSTOR does not contain the most recent 1-7 years of content. Many of these titles are continued in the Library's print and/or electronic subscriptions, however. Check the Journal Finder for complete holdings information.

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text current and archival articles from 660+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. The Library's subscription also includes over 7,000 e-books. Updated continually.
IPA Source Restricted Resource
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.


National Geographic World Music
Extensive overviews of hundreds of genres of world music, including descriptions, histories, highlighted artists, discographies, and sample tracks from National Geographic.
A-Z of Opera [Naxos] Some full text available
Provides a fairly comprehensive set of plot synopses and some libretti of major operas.
Internet Broadway Database
IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.
Guide to Musical Theatre
Relatively comprehensive site offering, in particular, synopses of popular musicals, operas, and operettas. 
Hip Hop LibGuide
Eclectic guide to the hip hop history and culture. 
ROJARO (Rock, Jazz, Roots Index)
Searchable key to articles, discographies, live and record-reviews published in the music press worldwide including fanzines from January 1992 to present.
Metal Studies - A Bibliography
A fantastic (and continually updated) bibliography of Heavy Metal Studies. Created and maintained by Keith Kahn-Harris.
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