Databases for Music

Listed below are the databases of most use for Music

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Key Databases

Naxos music library
Coverage: Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Dacapo catalogues, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also includes notes on the works as well as biographical information on composers or artists.
Date range: Updated regularly
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Naxos music library. World
Coverage: Naxos Music Library is the most comprehensive collection of world music available online. It offers over 102,500 tracks from more than 9,360 albums. Over 13,100 artists are represented. Naxos Music Library World comprises the catalogues of Smithsonian Folkways and many other labels. Playlists are easily created and new releases are continually added.
Date range: Updated weekly
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Oxford music online
Coverage: Consists of the full text with ongoing updates of The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians, 2nd ed., The new Grove dictionary of opera, and The new Grove dictionary of jazz, 2nd ed.
Note: Some of the illustrations in articles are missing because of copyright issues. OUP is in the process of obtaining permissions for online use, where necessary.
Help: Guided tour -- Tips for Experienced Grove Music Online Users (PDF)
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RILM abstracts of music literature
Coverage: Compiled by the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is the world's largest, continuously updated bibliography of music literature providing broad international coverage of the world of music, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz.
Date range: 1967- updated monthly
Publication types: Journals, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, Festschriften, reviews, catalogues, and more.
Note: Mobile access: RILM abstracts of music literature
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RISM
Coverage: RISM series A/II: "Music manuscripts after 1600" is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts produced after 1600. Includes three other databases providing additional information to specific content: Composer, Library Sigla and Bibliographic Citations.
Note: Mobile access: RISM Series A/II
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Other Databases with Music Content

ERIC (Online : ProQuest)
Coverage: ERIC is Education Resources Information Center. Covers Education related literature.
Date range: 1966-
Publication types: Academic journals, unpublished documents (e.g. conference papers, research reports), digests (summaries of current topics).
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Index New Zealand
Coverage: Multidisciplinary coverage of material published in and about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
Date range: 1987-
Publication types: Academic journals, magazines, newspapers
Help: Which Search Type?
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JSTOR
Coverage: Provides full-text access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in many subjects. Does not include current journal issues; content is updated according to a "moving wall" process.
Date range: Updated monthly
Publication types: Journal articles, reviews
Note: The Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I-XII, Biological Sciences, Business III-IV, Health & General Sciences Collections and 19th Century British Pamphlets. Title lists
Help: JSTOR Tutorials
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MLA international bibliography
Coverage: Literature, language, linguistics and folklore.
Date range: 1963-
Publication types: Journals, books.
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Project MUSE
Coverage: Provides full-text access to humanities, arts and social sciences journals from scholarly publishers.
Date range: 1993-
Publication types: Journal articles
Note: UC subscription is to Standard Collection (journals only).
Help: Standard Collection Titles List -- Searching in Project MUSE (PDF)
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The Times digital archive
Coverage: Contains every page as published from 200 years of The Times (London). Allows searching of the full-text of the entire newspaper, including articles, editorials, and advertising.
Date range: 1785-1985
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