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When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.


RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature Restricted Resource
1967–present. Comprehensive database to scholarly literature on music. Indexes articles, bibliographies, books, catalogues, conference proceedings, critical commentaries to complete works, dissertations, electronic resources, ethnographic recordings and videos, festschriften, iconographies, reviews, and more. Particularly strong for classical music. For popular music publications, see Academic Search Premier.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
All Music Guide
Offers in-depth information on musicians, albums, and songs with news, reviews, ratings, discographies, music samples, and links to streaming audio.

Library Catalogs

Center for Research Libraries
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
IMSLP: International Music Score Library Project
An entirely collaborative music library providing music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access. This resource features the Petrucci Music Library (browseable by composer, instrumentation, genre, and recordings by composer; searchable by melody), the IMSLP Journal (a music blog with both academic and casual-interest articles), and the IMSLP Forums (for discussion). 
Iowa Digital Library: Stradivari String Quartet Recordings
Based at the University of Iowa, the Stradivari String Quartet is well regarded in classical music circles for their fine playing and their dedication to breathing new life into standards of the repertoire. Recently, the University of Iowa Libraries decided to digitize a number of their historical recordings for inclusion in the Iowa Digital Library project. First-time visitors may wish to start by listening to the concert from January 10, 1965, which features works by Joseph Hayden, Walter Piston, and Johannes Brahms. All told, there are 92 different musical offerings here, and visitors can search the collection by date, composer, or composition title. It's a nice set of musical offerings, and one that will be of great interest to musicologists and classical music enthusiasts.

Primary Sources

Naxos Music Library: World Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Streaming service featuring a wide range of World music, representing over 1,500 cultural groups. Includes the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings catalogue.
Classical Scores Library Restricted Resource
Provides classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions, representing both major and lesser-known composers and works. The database includes material from Boosey & Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series, spanning the period from the Renaissance to the present. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.
DRAM Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Streaming audio of hard-to-find music recordings from independent record labels and archives, such as New World Records and Composers Recordings, Inc. Covers a wide range of genres of American music. Also provides complete and original liner notes and essays.
Jazz Music Library Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Streaming audio repository for jazz music, broadly defined. Genres include bebop, acid jazz, big band music, and range from folk to reggae to gospel to bossa nova and many more. Searchable by performer, composer, genre, and song or album title. New content is added on a regular basis.
Naxos Music Library Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Streaming music service primarily for the genres of classical music, contemporary jazz, and world/folk, with New Age, pop/rock, and Chinese orchestral music represented as well.

Includes mobile app for iPhone and Android. To use this app: 
  1. Download the app from your respective store.
  2. If you have a Student/Faculty Playlist account, your email address and password will also act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.
  3. If you do not have a Student/Faculty Playlist account, sign up here.
  4. Complete the registration process by clicking the activation link in your email.
  5. The email address and password you assign will act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.

Naxos Video Library Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Fully searchable streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts, and documentaries. Includes nearly 2,000 customizable full-length videos with subtitles available in multiple languages.

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.
Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource
Gateway to music research and access point for full-text Oxford music reference publications, including Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.
Music & Performing Arts Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Cross-searchable platform for music databases that includes The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, African American Music Reference, Classical Music Reference, Classical Scores Library, and more. Contains thousands of books, scores, and audio and video recordings.
African American Music Reference Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Includes essays, biographies, chronologies, images, sheet music, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies to chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music. Musical genres represented are blues, civil rights songs, gospel, jazz, minstrelsy, rhythm & blues, slave songs, spirituals, and other forms of black American musical expression.
Spirituals Database: An Art of the Negro Spiritual Project
A resource that offers searchable access to recorded track information for over 2,300 Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo classical vocalists. The growing database is a selection from more than 90 years of historic and contemporary recordings produced on compact discs, long-playing (33 1/3 rpm) albums, 78 rpm records, 45 rpm discs and audio cassettes.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Comprehensive online resource devoted to research on world music. Features overviews of various regions with a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Images and audio files are included. A print version with CDs is available at Burling reference.
Classical Music Reference Library Restricted Resource
Provides reference materials spanning the history of Western classical music. Includes Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (also available in print in Burling Reference), and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music, providing coverage of all classical genres from Medieval times to the present. Definitions of musical terms and biographical information on the major classical composers and artists is also provided.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource
Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music
Print Location: Burling Reference and 2nd Floor ML160 .T18 2005

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor ML105 .B16 2001

Harvard Dictionary of Music
Print Location: Reference ML100 .A64 2003

Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Print Location: Burling Reference ML102.P66 G84 2006
Entries cover musicians, bands, movements, genres, and more.
Music in Latin American and the Caribbean: An Encyclopedic Guide
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor ML199 .M858 2004

Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers
Print Location: Reference ML105 .N66 1994

Sourcebook for Research in Music
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor ML113 .C68 2005

Web sites

ACLS Humanities E-Book Digital Collection Restricted Resource
Digital collection of over 4,600 full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with 30 academic societies and over 100 contributing publishers.
Music Online: Listening Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
A comprehensive, high-quality streaming audio collection built to support the teaching and research of music, providing academic libraries with streaming access to over 11 million audio tracks across all the key musical genres. Features a wide range of classical, jazz, contemporary world, American, and international pop recordings, including the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog.
Bachtrack: The World's Best Way to Find Live Classical Music
Serving in part as both a directory and a calendar, this site is designed for anyone seeking live classical concerts, opera, and dance performances worldwide. Any company performing anywhere can upload schedules to the central database, with the focus being the major U.S. and British orchestras and opera houses. Schedules for major venues are maintained as well. Search by category first and then narrow by time, place, performer, composer or work.
Digital Resources for Musicology
This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists, organized topically. A rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections is provided. Created and maintained by the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities, an affiliate of the Packard Humanities Institute, at Stanford University.
Afrocentric Voices
Created and maintained by Randye Jones.
Archives of African American Music and Culture
A repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era.
Grinnell College Musical Instrument Collection
Created and maintained by Professor Roger Vetter, this collection features the acoustic instruments commonly used in music-making today throughout the world, as well as earlier forms of many modern instruments and those used in the non-Western world. Entries include a brief essay about the instrument's history, design, contexts of usage, and musician-instrument interface, plus illustrations and audio or video files. Descriptions of the standard ensemble combinations of instruments found in the Western and non-Western traditions are also provided.
Yale Library's links to Scores Online
Sheet music collection links can also be found at this site.

Style and Citation Guides

Chicago Manual of Style (online) Restricted Resource
Completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides convenient tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets, along with fully searchable Q&A content.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details and for creating annotated bibliographies are also available.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.
MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Libraries: Library Lab
Request a one-on-one research appointment.
Grinnell College Writing Lab
Email:; Phone: 3117
Music Department
Grinnell College's Music Department.

Course Guides

This guide provides links to and information about databases, reference works, subject headings, and journals useful for studying ethnomusicology or current music topics from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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