MUTH 25500: History & Lit . of Music 1

Finding Sources on Your Topic

Books (Search the IC Library Catalog)
  • 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

  • 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
    • Information on scholarly articles, books, and dissertations.
    • Lots of international materials--limit by language if needed
  • (demo)
    • ​Index 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:
    • 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

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

picture of Kristina Shanton

Kristina Shanton

Music Librarian
(607) 274-3887

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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