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Basic Music Reference Tools

The FIRST guide you should read about music research

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-What are indexes and abstracts?

-EBSCO Resources

-International Music Sources

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What are indexes and abstracts?

Indexes and abstracts can be extremely useful if you don't know if adequate resources for your research project exist. These collections find periodical information on your topic and summarize the contents of those articles.

Reading the full articles may take a little more work. If the articles you find are not available you can use indexes to see where you might find a copy for your use.

EBSCO Sources

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America: History and Life - One of the major sources for research on history for the United States and Canada. Provides abstracts of journal articles, books and dissertations.

Historical Abstracts - One of the major sources for research on history outside the United States and Canada. Provides abstracts of journal articles, books and dissertations.

Music Index - An index of more than 800 international music periodicals, encompassing nearly all aspects of classical, popular, folk, and world music. Includes citations for articles, dissertations, obituaries, and reviews. Music Index is being retrospectively converted to an electronic database. For dates before 1975 you must use the print version.

International Music Sources

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RILM (Repertoire Internationale de la Litterature Musique) - An international bibliography of nearly 500,000 scholarly writings on music and related disciplines in 140 languages. RILM indexes articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festchriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, reviews and more.

RIPM (Repertoire Internationale de la Presse Musique) - Provides access to more than 425,000 annotated citations from sixty-seven 19th and early 20th-century music periodicals published in thirteen European countries, Russia, and the United States. Indexes articles, commentary, illustrations, and reviews in their original language.