MUTH 25500: History & Lit . of Music 1

Finding Books on Your Topic

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

Finding Articles: JSTOR

Using JSTOR to find Music Articles
  • JSTOR has scholarly articles in all disciplines, so select Music subset
  • You'll get lots of results, so choose keywords wisely
  • Sonatas? Sonata? Sonaten? Use * to search all:   sonat*
  • Limiting to content you can access guarantees full text
    • unchecking this searches more content (including books), but you will likely need to ILL
    • IC has NO online book content through JSTOR. For that, try ebrary

Finding Articles: RILM Abstracts

Using RILM Abstracts of Music Literature to find Music Articles
  • Mostly scholarly articles, books, and dissertations.
  • Lots of international materials--limit by language at beginning of search
  • Sonatas? Sonata? Sonaten? Use * to search all:   sonat*

Initial Search Screen

Limiting Your Results

Finding Articles: MPD

Using MPD (Music Periodicals Database ) to find Music Articles
  • Index to music periodicals, popular & scholarly.
  • You can limit your search to scholarly articles (this will cut out many reviews)
  • Sonatas? Sonata? Sonaten? -- Use * to search all: sonat*
Initial Search Screen

Limiting Your Results


Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  1. Create an Interlibrary Loan Account 
  2. Article text not online? Double-check with the Get It Arrow   
  3. Search WorldCat via FirstSearch for materials NOT at IC
  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

Search Argos

Music Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Oxford Music Online
    Major music resource with 3 different resources to search:
    • 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 researc

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

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

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

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