Music Databases

Finding Music Articles

The Music Index Online contains citations from more than 875 international music journals including history, theory, performance, ethnomusicology, education, and popular music. It also includes citations for dissertations, reviews, and obituaries. 
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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. RILM provides a broad, international coverage and concise abstracts. All scholarly works are indexed (articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, films and videos, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, reviews, etc.). Concert reviews, recording notes, pedagogical manuals, and such are indexed if they are of scholarly interest. 
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The publications in Music Magazine Archive support scholarly research areas such as race, class, gender, American studies, youth culture, and more in rock and folk periodical titles. All material is represented in the original publications, preserved in its original context, fully searchable and in high-resolution full color. 

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JSTOR includes image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.  Once you're in JSTOR, click on the "Browse" button, then on the link for "Music" to see a list of music periodicals represented in this source.
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Humanities International Complete includes indexing for over 2,100 international humanities journals (data from the Humanities International Index) as well as some additional full-text. Full text for over 900 journals in fields such as history, music, literature, philosophy and religion appears in this database. To see what music content is indexed, click on the "Publications" tab, type "music" in the search box, then the radial button next to "By Subject & Description," and then "Browse." 
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Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary full-text database that includes more than 7,000 full-text journals, of which nearly 6,000 are peer-reviewed (scholarly).  To see what music content is indexed, click on the "Publications" tab, type "music" in the search box, then the radial button next to "By Subject & Description," and then "Browse."
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Project Music is an interdisciplinary collection of over 400 high quality, scholarly (peer reviewed) journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. All titles are full text.  Click on the "Browse Journals by Discipline" link and select "Music" to see which music journals are included. 
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Rock's Backpages indexes "major rock music magazines" from the US and UK. BGSU does not subscribe to the full text, but articles you find indexed here are likely to be available in print at  the ML/BSSA. Copies of individual articles are available for purchase. 
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The RoJaRo (Rock, Jazz, Roots, etc.) Index is a free "searchable key to articles, discographies, live-/ record-reviews etc published in the music press worldwide including fanzines...."  Currently, users may only search by artist or group names.  This is an index only, but articles you find here are likely to be available in print at  the ML/BSSA. 
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This source indexes and provides full text for journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. 
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Met Opera on Demand includes more than 450 Met performances, encompassing dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, '80s, '90s, and '00s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936. Use is for individual study only, not intended for classroom or public playback.  
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NAXOS Music Library Includes more than 35,000 CDs from several genres, including classical music, jazz, world/folk music, new age, pop and rock, and Chinese music.  New content is added monthly.  Additional information about works includes opera synopses and libretti, composer and artist biographies, and instrumentation.  .See Naxos’s homepage for details on system requirements, and check the ML/BSSA blog for troubleshooting tips.  Professors may use Naxos to create playlists centered around a course’s content. 
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DRAM (formerly the Database of Recorded American Music) is a collection of sound recordings documenting music largely ignored by the commercial recording companies. Works can be browsed by work, album or track titles, as well as by artist roles, instrumentation, and date of recording and composition. Some biographical and role information are provided for artists. 
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Music Online: American Music includes recordings of tens of thousands of songs relating to a wide range of American social and ethnic groups, social movements, and historical periods.  Included are songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys.  There are songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and anti-war protests.  The genres encompass country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, blues, gospel, shape-note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others on a variety of labels, including Rounder and Smithsonian Folkways.  To get a persistent link, simply click on the "Embed/Link" icon when you're viewing information about an album. 
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See our Finding Audio page for more information on Naxos, DRAM, and American Song as well as links to free online audio content.

Finding Music Dissertations

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online is a bibliography of completed dissertations and an index to dissertations-in-progress in music reported since 1995. Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online includes all records previously published in printed editions of Doctoral Dissertations in Music. Entries are arranged primarily in broad chronological categories such as Middle Ages, Baroque, etc.  Coverage: 1984 to present 
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The OhioLINK Electronic Theses and & Dissertations Center offers access to completed theses and dissertations from graduate students at OhioLINK institutions.
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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997. The database includes citations for materials ranging from the first U.S. dissertation, accepted in 1861, to those accepted as recently as last semester.  Coverage: 1861 to present 
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General Music Reference

Oxford Music Online is a portal that provides access to four music reference sources:Grove Music OnlineThe Encyclopedia of Popular MusicThe Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. All four resources can be searched simultaneously. Oxford Music Online contains the complete text of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd Edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition (2001), as well as regular updates to those publications. 
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IPA Source includes over 4,500 texts to songs, including over 750 arias. Users may search by composer, poet, or title, or search specifically by opera aria or Latin text. The database also includes tools to help with diction and sound recordings of texts in Latin, Italian, German and French intended for pronunciation help for the singer. 
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"A single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic licence from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily" 
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"’s easy-to-use interface lets you enter up to 20-plus parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a list of songs tailored to your needs from an ever-growing database (thousands of titles already!)."
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"This new Naxos service meets the needs of many artists and performing arts organisations - a place where they can find all the most important information about classical musical works -- instrumentation, playing time, year of composition, composer biographies, music notes and much more.
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PollstarPro is a database of worldwide concert tour schedules, ticket sales results, music industry contact directories, trade news and specialized data services. Requires a username/password. To obtain this, log in to MyBGSU and choose "Libraries" under either the student or faculty tabs. The Pollstar login will display on the left hand side of the screen.
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"Rock and Roll explores the dynamic period of social, political and cultural change between 1950 and 1975. The resource offers thousands of colour images of manuscript and rare printed material as well as photographs, ephemera and memorabilia from this exciting period in our recent history. Explore our interactive chronology to learn a wealth of fascinating facts, take a tour of our visual resources, and watch video footage to experience the spectacular sights and sounds of the period for yourself." --website
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