Music Subject Gateway

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Article Databases (24 items)

Use these searching tools to identify articles in journals, newspapers, and other sources. All the databases provide citations to the material, many provide abstracts and many provide access to the full-text of the articles.

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Major Databases
· American History in Video About
· Arts and Humanities Citation Index 1988- / Web of Science About
· Dance in Video About
· Early English Books Online About
· Films on Demand Academic Collection About
· Humanities Abstracts About
· International Index to Music Periodicals About
· IPA Source About
· JSTOR About
· Music Index (EBSCO) About
· RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [Ebsco] About
· Smithsonian Global Sound About
· Theatre in Video with BBC Content About
Other Databases:
· Academic Search [Ebsco] About
· DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals About
· ebrary Academic Complete About
· IngentaConnect About
· LexisNexis Academic About
· Sage Journals Online About
· WorldCat About
Other Electronic Resources:
· Biography Resource Center About
· Naxos Music Library About
· Oxford Music Online (includes Grove Music Online) About
· Smithsonian Global Sound About

Web Sites (40 items)

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· - Also known as AMG, this site is devoted to all types of popular music from jazz to rap complete with encyclopedia entries and essays.
· American Music Center - A clearinghouse of information on contemporary American composers, current competitions, and new composition premieres.
· Aria Database - A comprehensive database of opera arias with English translations and a tremendous listing of links covering all aspects of opera.
· ARTSEDGE: The National Arts and Education Network - The mission of ARTSEDGE is to help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K12 curriculum.
· ASCAP - The official site for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, includes free access to the ACE database for tracing the performances of popular songs in America.
· Billboard Online - Daily music news, latest gold and platinum awards, this week's poll- buying music on the web.
· Choral Public Domain Library - Links to a variety of lyrics, sheet music, and forums.
· Classical Music Archives - A compendium of complete sound bites of public domain works by composers with links to free sheet music.
· Classical Net - a site combining reviews and resources ranging from timelines to basic repertoire lists.
· Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project - from the University of California, Santa Barbara comes an online archive of historic recordings for listening ranging from minstrel show melodies to vocal quartets and ethnic music.
· Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online (DDM Online) - An index to dissertations-in-progress and a bibliography of completed dissertations reported since mid-1995.
· Dolmetsch Music Dictionary - full text music dictionary including musical terms, performance markings, and foreign phrases.
· Dolmetsch Music Theory and History Online - full text links with score material illustrating a variety of topics in basic and advanced music theory. With a Scorch plug in, you can also hear aural examples.
· Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Focusing primarily on performers, genres, and songwriters, this site offers a comprehensive look at the personalities involved in popular music in the US and England.
· Essentials of Music - Sponsored by Sony Records with W.W. Norton, this site offers reference information with musical examples and includes an interactive musical glossary.
· Gospel Music Association - Includes chart information, industry statistics, and hall of fame entries.
· Gospel Music Lyrics - Hosts large database of gospel song lyrics and offers free music downloads of songs.
· Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians - This site will answer the most frequently asked questions on when and how music can be reproduced in aural and written formats.
· Historic American Sheet Music - Free facsimile editions of traditional ballads and popular songs sung in this country from 1850-1920.
· International Alliance for Women in Music - A comprehensive, international site that covers the accomplishments of women composers and performers from all time periods.
· International Music Score Library - Compendium of over 12,000 public domain scores for downloading.
· Julliard Manuscript Collection - online archive of one of the most important donations musical manuscripts in recent history. Entries include a description and are scanned with high resolution quality.
· K - 12 Resources for Music Educators - A large collection of links for teachers of music for grades K-12, broken down by area of discipline.
· Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection - A special collection at the Johns Hopkins University - contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960.
· Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room - Guide to online collections of the Library of Congress' American Memory project and its regular reading rooms.
· Lied and Song Texts Page - An international database of original lyrics with English translations of songs of over 3,251 composers, complete with composer, poet, first line and title indexes.
· Maryland State Arts Council - Local site with information about art galleries, performance venues, grant programs and more. Included are arts calendars for events throughout the state of Maryland.
· Music Scores.Com - A combination of sound bite with score for many standard composers. There is a limit to the number of free downloads per day.
· - An animated collection of instructional lessons covering both beginning and advanced levels of music theory.
· Mutopia Project - public doman scores for study and download. Be sure to read the instructions about downloading the Lilypond program as an option for viewing scores.
· National Endowment for the Arts - This site contains information about the Endowment's programs and print or online publications.
· Neue Mozart-Ausgabe/Digital Mozart Edition - a complete edition of the scores in the print NMA. It is sometimes best to try to enter the site at night; during daytime hours, site traffic may prevent downloads.
· Passion for Jazz - This site offers many nice links for the jazz student.
· President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities - Reports and publications on the development of education in the arts and humanities.
· Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - A guide to the stars of the past and present making history in rock music, complete with timeline.
· Selected Music Resources on the Net from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Very well researched and organized listing of sites ranging from research facilities to composer biographies to musical societies.
· Shades of Blue - Includes essays on the history of the blues, recommended recordings, and a biographical dictionary of artists.
· Sheet Music Archive - Complete pieces of free classical sheet music available for downloading. You must have Adobe Acrobat to view downloads.
· Wonderful World of Music, Theatre Arts, and Art Resources available at the Albert S. Cook Library - A guide to resources available specifically at Cook Library together with class documents, pathfinders for research and more.
· Worldwide Internet Music Resources - Indiana University Music Library keeps a broad list including academic, personal and geographical sites.

Selected Journals (10 items)

Off-campus access to these resources will require you to validate with your 14-digit library bar code. It's the number printed on your TU OneCard. Don't have your 14-digit library bar code handy? Click the button below, then enter your TU username and password and we'll show it to you:

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· 19th Century Music
· Billboard
· Early Music
· Ethnomusicology
· Journal of the American Musicological Society
· Music and Letters
· Musical Quarterly
· Notes
· Popular Music
· Rolling Stone

To identify other journals available at Cook Library, you may search our list of print and electronic journals.

Subject Guide: Music / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: July 16, 2012

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