Background Information

Oxford Music Online
Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove Music Online) contains the New Grove Dictionary and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

African American Music Reference
African American Music Reference is an online collection containing comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.

Classical Music Reference Library
This resource contains essential music reference works, including full text of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Within this resource one can find information on composers, performers and ensembles, definitions of musical terms, photographs and images of musicians, instruments, and ensembles.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is a comprehensive online resource devoted to ethnic music research of cultures throughout the world.

Streaming Audio & Video

Naxos Music Library
Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive classical music library online. NML offers access to over 1.6 million tracks from more than 112,000 albums and over 750 labels, with hundreds of new CDs added weekly.
Offers streaming classical music videos that include over 1,600 films as well as many events broadcast live, with replays available for several weeks after the live events.

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound
Smithsonian Global Sound provides a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of other labels.

Music Online: Opera in Video
Opera in Video provides online access to opera performances on streaming video, including staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

Music Online: Classical Music in Video
Classical Music in Video provides coverage in a broad range of music studies from medieval to the 21st Century. It contains streamed videos of performances, masterclasses and interviews, and documentaries profiling classical artists.

Music Online: Dance in Video
Dance in Video provides online access to videos of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.


Music Index
Music Index covers more than 725 international music periodicals back to 1975. Periodicals indexed covers both classical and popular music subjects, indexing performance, book, and record reviews, as well as obituaries.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM is the primary resource for indexing of music journal articles, dissertations, book chapters, and festschriften. It covers approximately 350 music journals dating back to 1969, and is the only index that covers book chapters and dissertations in music.

An archive of more than 700 important scholarly journals covering business, ecology, education, ethnic studies, history, literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, and sociology with content ending 3-5 years ago.

Project MUSE
Scholarly journals in the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Academic Search Premier
Searchable articles from academic and professional journals and magazines covering every academic discipline.

Education resources can be found here

Online Scores

Music Online: Classical Scores Library
Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a reliable and authoritative source for scores in PDF format of the classical canon, as well as a resource for the discovery of lesser-known contemporary works.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
IMSLP contains scans of public domain musical scores, both printed and in manuscript form, contributed by libraries and collectors worldwide. It also includes compositions and arrangements by contemporary musicians who publish online under Creative Commons agreements.

Dissertations & Theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses contains over 1.5 million entries, providing citations to North American and European dissertations from 1861 forward, with abstracts from 1980 forward. It also provides citations and abstracts for theses from 1988 forward.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology (American Musicological Society)
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology is an international database of bibliographic records for completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as in related disciplines.