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African American Music Reference

Includes text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music.

American Song

An eclectic collection of music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life. The range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.

Classical Music Library

Large multi-label database of recordings for listening and learning. Focus is on contemporary music and women composers.

Classical Music Reference Library

Offers comprehensive coverage of all classical genres, spanning music from the Medieval period to the 21st century, including definitions of musical terms and biographical information on the major classical composers and artists.

Classical Scores Library

Contains 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.

Contemporary Musicians

Contemporary Musicians provides biographical information on important figures in today´s musical arena, covering artists working in all genres of modern music, including rock, jazz, pop, rap, rhythm and blues, folk, New Age, country, gospel and reggae. Coverage is from 1989 to the present.

Contemporary World Music

Contains 50,000 tracks that deliver the sounds of all regions inclusing genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

Credo Reference Collection

Credo Reference is a large online research tool that searches over 500 reference resources, as well as over 200,000 images and audio files and nearly 100 videos. Several music reference sources are also included in this database, including The Harvard Dictionary of Music.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Covers all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music

A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world´s peoples.

Grove Dictionary of Music

Comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition.

Harvard Dictionary of Music Online

This classic reference work, the best one-volume music dictionary available, has been brought completely up to date in this new edition.

International Index to the Performing Arts

Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.

Jazz Discography Online

The Jazz Discography is the most up-to-date general discography of all categories of recorded jazz, from 1896 to today.

Music Index Online

A Subject-Author guide to music periodical literature from 1970 to the present.

Music Online

Cross searches the following music databases: African American Music Reference, American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Music Reference Library, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary World Music, and Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online.

Naxos Jazz Library

Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collection of Jazz music available online. It offers close to 45,000* tracks of jazz from over 3,800* albums. Over 7000* jazz artists are represented. Naxos Music Library Jazz comprises Naxos Jazz and the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz.

Naxos Music Library

The world´s largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 80,430 CDs with more than 1,155,400 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Over 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India

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Oxford History of Western Music Online

The Oxford History of Western Music contains the full text from the five-volume 2009 paperback edition complete with notes, bibliographies, and further readings for each of the 69 chapters, numerous illustrations, and 1,800 musical examples.

Oxford Music Online

Comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians,second edition, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition.

Project Muse

Online access to over 300 high quality humanities, arts, and social sciences journals from 60 scholarly publishers.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

An index of music literature that contains records in over 1,000 languages from 3,700 journals. Dates of coverage are 1967-present.

Rock's Backpages

An archive of music journalism. Contains over 25,000 articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top, on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop, by the finest music writers of the last 50 years. 

Smithsonian Global Sound

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world´s musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms. It includes the published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels. It also includes music recorded around the African continent by Dr. Hugh Tracey for the International Library of African Music (ILAM) at Rhodes University as well as material collected by recordists on the South Asian subcontinent from the Archive Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), sponsored by the American Institute for Indian Studies.