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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Oxford Music Online
    The best place to start your music research. This resource includes the essential Grove music dictionaries as well as the Encyclopedia of Popular Music. The articles in Grove are scholarly, signed articles which provide a wealth of information about composers, performers, regions, musical forms and genres, and terminology. The entries feature comprehensive bibliographies as well as works lists for each composer that specify where the music can be found in scholarly editions of composers' works. The Encyclopedia of Popular Music covers a broad range of popular music including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music and features both discographies and bibliographies for many entries.
  • Oxford History of Western Music (Richard Taruskin)
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Comprehensive resource on world music, with in-depth coverage of regions, musical genres and practices, and the cultural context of the music of each region. Includes extensive bibilographies as well as audio clips and printed musical examples.
  • Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World

Articles and Books

  • IIMP Full Text (International Index to Music Periodicals)
    Indexes both scholarly and popular music journals covering a wide variety of musical periods and styles including classical music, pop and popular music, rock, rap and hip-hop, blues, jazz, traditional and folk music, world music, music equipment and technology, recording techniques and technology, and the music, radio, and music video industries. Full text is provided for most articles.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    Indexes a variety of scholarly resources, including music journals, books, and dissertations. Provides good international coverage of music resources. This database is limited to abstracts, but links for full text are available for many articles using the Get it @ Duke button.
    Provides access to back issues of core scholarly journals in music and other disciplines.
  • Project Muse
    Digital access to journals and books published by university presses.
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music
    Peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on musicology and ethnomusicology.
  • Rock's Backpages
    Extensive archive of articles and reviews with particular focus on the 1960s through the 1990s.
  • RIPM Index to Music Periodicals and Online Archive
    Indexes international music journals from the 19th through the early part of the 20th centuries, with digital full-text images of many of the journals through their growing online archive.
  • Dissertations and Theses: Full Text
    Access to millions of dissertations in music and a variety of other fields.

Text Translations

  • IPA Source
    International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.

Printed and Digital Scores

  • IPM (Index to Printed Music)
    Resource for finding scores that can otherwise be difficult to locate in scholarly editions, such as composers collected works editions, musical monuments such as Musica Britannica, and extensive series such as Diletto Musicale and the A-R Editions Recent Researches series among many others.
    Extensive library of public domain scores.
  • American Memory Project
    Collections of digital music resources from the Library of Congress and other institutions. Features extensive sheet music resources, including Duke's Historic American Sheet Music Collection.
  • Historic American Sheet Music
  • Classical String Quartets

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