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Church Music and Protestantism in Post-Reformation England

Adolescents, Music and Music Therapy : Methods and Techniques for Clinicians, Educators and Students

Blues Music in the Sixties : A Story in Black and White

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Music - Article Databases

Some databases may include books chapters, essays, book reviews and more.

New! TRIAL DATABASES (available until June 30, 2015)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature
To Access:
Go to EBSCOhost Research Databases.
Click "R" then mark one or both of the RILM databases.
Click the "Continue" button at the top or bottom of the page.
Or, in EBSCO, just use the "Choose Databases" link (shown below) to select RILM databases.
EBSCO Choose Databases link
Oxford Music OnlineOxford Music Online

Browse Subject Entries
Academic Search Complete
Biography In ContextMusicians (choose the category, Musicians)
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
Humanities International Complete
International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text

Subject areas include: cinema, film, music, musicians, opera and more.
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EBSCO databases
Music - Subjects Entries

Subject headings, descriptors and thesauri are "controlled vocabulary." They are lists of pre-defined, carefully selected words and phrases used to identify and categorize information. A thesaurus, for example, may offer you related subjects, alternative terms, scope and/or details for topics. Use a thesaurus or other relevant index to narrow your results or combine their use with keyword searching for more focused results.

Oxford Music Online - Subject Entries
Select an index, listed under the Oxford Music Online logo (top left of the database), then browse the alphabetical entries or key in a search. Click the Related Content Tab (shown circled in the image below) to view additional information on the article or topic.

Humanities Source - Using the Thesaurus in an EBSCO database
Identify the major concepts of your thesis or research topic then use the thesaurus to locate, explore and select appropriate descriptors (or subjects) for each concept of your topic.

Thesaurus In an EBSCO database:

  • Click Thesaurus in the top menu bar.
  • Enter your term in the Browsing text box and select a browse function, such as Relevancy Ranked.
  • Click Browse.
    To display details of a term, click the term link.
  • Click the checkbox in front of your selected terns(s) then click Add to move the thesaurus terms into the Searching text box. More...
  • Browse for another descriptor/subject or click search.

Keyword vs. Subject/Thesaurus Searching

Whereas the common keyword search is based on an exact word match, a subject or thesaurus search locates records by assigned subject or descriptors. ERIC Thesaurus

Searching with controlled vocabulary, such as subject headings, allows you to more precisely retrieve relevant information on your topic, illustrates relationship between related terms and helps you identify synonyms and broader and narrower terms (shown right).

Keyword and controlled vocabulary searching can be combined. For example, rather than guessing what keywords to use consider doing a thesaurus (controlled vocabulary) search first. Review and assess your results. Then, add a keyword search to the query or use Search History to combine searches.

Music - Reference Materials
Credo Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.

Music Topic Pages
Music Book Titles
Opera Topic Pages
Points of View Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Example: music censorship

In the Library and Timko Barton Listening Room
To find items in the Reference Room or the Timko Barton music collection browse the shelves in the "music call number sections. See the Library of Congress Classification OutlineMusic (M) for a detailed listing of call numbers and subjects.

Library of Congress Call Numbers (partial list for music)

  Worship (Public and Private)
BV 305
  Literature of music
  Music instruction and study

Or, search the Library catalog and limit your results to Reference Collection or Timko Barton Listening Room. Use keyword or try a subject search for "music."

Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other. When you find a book of interest look to the left and right on the shelf for related books.

Selected Reference Books

  • American Musical Theatre - ML1711.B67, 2010
  • Baker's Dictionary of Opera - ML102.O6B26 LRC-R
  • The Complete Library of Christian Worship - BV10.2C65 LRC-R
  • The Dictionary of Hymnology - BV305.J8 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music - ML102.T18
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music - ML105.E52 LRC-R
  • Encyclopedia of the Piano - ML102.P5E53 LRC-R
  • The Hymn Tune Index- ML128.H8T46 LRC-R
  • Hymns and Tunes - BV305.D5 LRC-R
  • Index to Poetry in Music - ML460.C35, 2003
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians - ML100.G885 LRC-R (Grove online)
  • Oxford Composer Companions: J.S. Bach - ML410.B1J15 LRC-R

Music - Books and eBooks

ebraryMusic ~1,200 ebooks
Musical Meaning and Human ValuesMusic -- History and Criticism ~539 ebooks
Music Therapy ~71 ebooks
See: ebrary Quick Start Guide PDF | Tutorial | Apps (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) | Download options
For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date. 
To view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks: do a search then click the "Chapter Results" tab. 
To browse ebrary titles in a specific call number section (shown below):
Use "Advanced search." Change "Search in" menu to "LC Call Number." Type the call numbers(see LC outlines). Click "Search ebrary."


eBook Collection: Music, Musicology EBSCO
The database restricts full text viewing to 1-5 simultaneous readers. Free downloads. See the Help pages and Downloading eBooks Tutorial.

For general information on ebooks see the library guide How to Find Books & ebooks

Music - Journals

ORU A-to-Z Journals List (journals, magazines, trade publications, etc.)
In the Journals List, choose a title then click a database listed under the title to go to the full text online.
On the Publication details page follow the links using the specific year and volume/issue links or the "Search within this publication" link to search all issues of the journal.
Music and Books on Music Subject list ~343 titles
Music and Books on Music Journal title list ~335 titles
Sample titles:
Journal of Music Therapy (1996-present))
Music Therapy Perspectives (full text 1996-present)


For general information see How to Find Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Music - Web

Subject Directories

ipl2: Music
Directory of librarian-selected, annotated sites. ipl2 a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII). Citing ipl2 Music Genres | Performance

Smithsonian: "Music"

The Library of Congress American Memory, Performing Arts, Music

Selected Sites

Composers and Musicians
Try a web search for the composer's name and "library". Example: mozart's library

QuickLinks to ORU Databases

Click the More Information to link to the vendor's database descriptions.