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Research Tools: Music: Home

RESEARCH TOOLS: Streaming Music, Articles, Books, e-Books, and More.

Search by topic keywords, i.e., jazz and guitar, or other keywords.

For Streaming Music:

  • American Song. Songs by and about children, civil rights, cowboys, immigrants, Native Americans, pioneers, politics, slaves, and war.
  • Classical Music Online. Streaming classical music.
  • Contemporary World Music. Sounds of all regions from every continent, including reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz; other genres such as traditional music, Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
  • Jazz Music Library. The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.
  • Naxos Music Library: World's largest online library of streaming classical music.
  • Popular Music Library. Wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound. Tracks of music, the spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.

For Facts, Definitions, Background Information:

  • Our Facts/Definitions page searches hundreds of reliable dictionaries and encyclopedias.
  • Oxford Music Online. Includes Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online and Oxford Companion to Music, with more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works.

For News:

On our News Resources page you can search  individual newspapers (New York Times, Chicago Tribune, etc.) or you can search across many newspapers at one time using the Newspaper Source database. These papers may contain reviews and related articles.

For journal articles (expert opinions and research results):

  • Academic Search CompleteMultidisciplinary database of full-text articles from scholarly journals, magazines, government documents and other sources. Good starting place for basic coverage of topics.
  • Music Index. Articles on music, musicians, and the music industry.
  • Musical Scores: Full scores to download from Indiana University.
  • JSTOR. Articles from scholarly journals in the arts and sciences.
  • Project Muse. Articles from scholarly journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences. 
  • Scopus. Discover citations with some full-text articles in science, medicine, technology, and the social sciences. Includes tracking by citation, and identifying high impact articles.

Other Tools:

  • Multiple Database Search Tool: Go here if you know the exact title of an article, i.e., "avant-garde music".  This full-text finder tool will provide direction to the source of the article.



Other Web Resources

Capture Your Knowledge and Cite Materials

 Zotero. Use this tool to capture, organize and search within saved journal articles, web pages, and your own thoughts.

You can also seamlessly cite your sources and create bibliographies within Word documents.


Search Hardcopy Books and Videos


Expert opinions can be found in books: see our local book catalog for searching. You may want to expand your search to the I-Share state-wide catalog (using the drop-down option on the top right) or our electronic book page.

This catalog includes many formats, including movies, manuscripts, and e-Books.

Search eBooks and Audiobooks

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