What are the main music databases in the library?

Answered By: Isabel O'Kelly
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2015     Views: 18

Music databases allow you to search across a range of different journals, books and other publications for information on a specific topic related to music. Databases contain peer-reviewed, scholarly material. Links to the full-text will be provided, where available, by Queen's University. Some of the main databases for music are listed below.

Grove Music Online

Includes full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition, the Oxford Companion to Music and the Oxford Dictionary of Music.

International Index to Music Periodicals

Indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals, along with full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. 

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text

The index covers the arts and entertainment industry and includes dance, drama, theatre, stagecraft, musical theatre, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film and television.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Online

RILM is a comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world.

RISM Online

International inventory of musical sources after 1600.

RISM UK and Ireland

RISM is a free database of music holdings in UK and Irish universities.

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals

An international, highly annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950.
The key databases LibGuides page for Creative Arts will give you a full listing of Creative Arts databases. Other databases are viewable on the A-Z of Online Resources page.

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