MUTH 25600: History & Lit. of Music 2

Encyclopedia Articles: Oxford Music Online

Use Oxford Music Online (OMO) to find encyclopedia articles
  • OMO contains Grove Music Online, the major music encyclopedia
  • Don't limit yourself: there will likely be more than one relevant article on your topic
  • Sonatas? Sonata? Sonaten? Use * to search all:   sonat*
  • Use the outline in the sidebar to navigate to specific sections

Initial Search Screen
  • separate search terms with the word "AND"

Use the Article's Bibliography to Find More Resources
  • organized chronologically (oldest to most recent)
  • click on abbreviations for full journal titles


Finding Books & Scores: Argos

Searching Argos for Books & Scores
  • Use Advanced Search, and limit search scope to Catalog 
  • Sonatas? Sonata? Sonaten? Use * to search all:   sonat*
    • Looking for letters? Add the word "correspondence" to your search
  • Search online books through Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)

Searching Argos for Articles
  • Not recommended for music, BUT if you want to try, see our help guide

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 Ebook Central (formerly ebrary)

Finding Articles: RILM Abstracts

Using RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text 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

Contact Us

picture of Kristina Shanton
Music Librarian
(607) 274-3887

Search Argos

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

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!

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