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Access, use, and reproduction of the electronic resources made available through the Grinnell College Libraries are governed by license agreements with publishers which may impose greater restrictions on use than does copyright law. The user is responsible for observing these agreements as well as the copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), including the fair use guidelines that protect scholarship and research.

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All Music Guide
Offers in-depth information on musicians, albums, and songs with news, reviews, ratings, discographies, music samples, and links to streaming audio.
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.
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.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
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.

Primary Sources

Streaming Services (Music and Video)
This guide provides access to streaming audio and video of music and musical performances from all over the world.

Reference Resources

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.
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.
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.
Grove Music Online Restricted Resource Resource contains audio
Online resource for music research, featuring the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, and The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. A version is also available in print at Burling reference.
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.
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.
Rough Guide to World Music
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor ML102.W67 W67 2006

Web sites

Afrocentric Voices
Created and maintained by Randye Jones.
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.

Style and Citation Guides

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.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

Doing Research
Grinnell College Libraries: A Progression to Guide Your Academic Work
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.
This subject guide covers a variety of materials relevant to students of music.
This course guide provides general and interdisciplinary information relevant to students enrolled in Tutorials courses.
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