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Music Resources: Doing Music Research

A guide to academic music literature: the history, research, criticism and analysis of music as an object of study, performance and teaching. In addition this will help you find scores, recordings and streaming music and video resources.

Music Databases

Other useful databases

Streaming Music and Video

Tips for Searching Catalogs and Databases

In addition to the search techniques covered in the "Doing Reserach Tutorial" below, the following techniques can improve your success with online searching, whether you're searching a catalog for books or a database for articles:

  • Enter phrases in quotes:  "Baroque music" "New Orleans jazz"
  • Use truncation symbols: Use an asterisk, *, to search for alternate word endings. In most databases, entering Music* searches for music , musician(s), musicology, musicianship, etc .
  • If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources such as encyclopedias for suggestions.

Search Rolling Stone

Features music, album and artist news, movie reviews, political, economic and pop culture commentary, videos, photos, and more.