MUTH 25500: History & Lit . of Music 1

Finding Sources on Your Topic

Books
  • OPTION 1: Search library catalog by keyword, then limit to books (demo)
  • OPTION 2: Search library catalog by subject, then browse through possibilities (demo)
  • TIP: Look for books written after 1950

Articles
  • JSTOR (demo)
    • Scholarly articles in all disciplines.
    • When searching, select "music" subset of journals
    • You'll get lots of results, so choose keywords wisely.
       
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    • Mostly scholarly articles, books, and dissertations.
    • Lots of international materials--limit by language if needed
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  • Music Index (online) (demo)
    • ‚ÄčIndex to music periodicals, popular & scholarly.
    • Search for articles about composers, performers with the people category, not subject
    • You can limit your search to scholarly articles

Music Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Dictionaries Encyclopedias
  • Grove Music Online
    The major music encyclopedia: authoritative (but long) entries; good starting point for research

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  1. Create an Interlibrary Loan Account 
  2. Text not online? Double-check with the Get It Arrow   
  3. Remember the ILL time frame:
    • Books, scores, cds, & dvds: 7-10 business days
    • Articles: 2-3 business days
  4. Stop by the Music Center for help with any of this!

Contact Us

Picture: Kristina Shanton
Music Librarian
(607) 274-3887

Music Scores Online

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)
an "internet-based collaborative music score library," linking to digitized scores online

Digital scores from the Eastman School of Music
full scans from public domain scores at Eastman's Sibley Music Library

Scorser
use this site to search a number of digital scores sites (including IMSLP)

Art Song Central
directory of sheet music of art & popular songs; IPA translations available; edition information usually available.

Choral Public Domain Library Scores
the scores section from CPDL wiki site -- formats include PDF and Finale versions

Citing Your Sources with Irvine's

Help guides for Irvine's Writing about Music
Irvine's is available in the Music Reference section at the IC Library