MUTH 25600: History & Lit. of Music 2

Finding Sources on Your Topic

  • OPTION 1: Search library catalog by keyword, then limit to books (demo)
    • Looking for letters? Add the word "correspondence"
  • OPTION 2: Search library catalog by subject, then browse through possibilities (demo)
  • OPTION 3: Search online books through ebrary
  • TIP: Look for books written after 1950

  • 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
  • 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

  • Oxford Music Online
    Major music resource with 3 different resources to search
    (See how to select one or all of the 3 resources)
    • search The Oxford Companion to Music
      short biographical entries on musicians, as well as musical term definitions
    • search The Oxford Dictionary of Music
      Need a quick definition? Look here!
    • search Grove Music Online
      The major music encyclopedia: authoritative, detailed entries; good starting point for research

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  1. Create an Interlibrary Loan Account 
  2. Book not available here at IC? ILL through WorldCat via FirstSearch
  3. Article text not online? Double-check with the Get It Arrow   
  4. Remember the ILL time frame:
    • Books, scores, cds, & dvds: 7-10 business days
    • Articles: 2-3 business days
  5. Stop by the Music Center for help with any of this!

Contact Us

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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

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