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New Grove Music Star
Definitive encyclopedia for anything pertaining to music, instruments, composers, and musicians.
Also known as: Oxford Music Online
Grove Music Encyclopedia
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International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text: IIMP Star
Citations, abstracts and full text of journal articles in dance, film, theater, and puppetry, 1864-present.
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Music Index Star
Indexes articles in 400 music periodicals, 1975-present.
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Naxos Music Library Star
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85,000+ tracks of recorded classical, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music, with notes. Faculty can call Ref. desk 545-0150 for playlist password.
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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Star
References to music journal articles and other scholarly literature, 1967-present.
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Additional Databases in Performing Arts > Music

African American Music Reference
Liner notes and other essays on black American music.
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American Song
68,000 tracks of historical recordings of jazz, blues, gospel and other genres, 1890's-1970's.
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Arts and Humanities Citation Index
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Provides a search by cited reference, topic, author, and more for articles in almost all important English-language arts and humanities journals, 1975-present.
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Classical Music in Video
Videos of over 700 performances and masterclasses, as well as interviews with teachers of classical music.
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Classical Music Library
Audio database of classical music, with reference section. Playlist option available. Downloading available for a fee.
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Classical Scores Library
Classical scores and manuscripts from the Medieval period to the 21st century.
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Contemporary World Music
Tracks from current pop and traditional labels around the world.
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Dance in Video
Videos of dance performances, and documentaries on dance, from the 1950's to present.
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Streaming music from several independent record labels.
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Films On Demand
Streaming collection of educational videos and historical newsreels . To create playlists and link to course pages, see FAQ.
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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
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Essays, images and audio examples about world music.
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Humanities International Complete
Journal articles in archaeology, classics, cultural studies, arts, philosophy, history, linguistics, and literature, plus literary magazines, 1975-present.
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A collection of some 35,000 scores and parts for classical music, available for download and printing. Includes solo parts for small and large ensemble works.
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Music and Performing Arts Online
Combines International Index to the Performing Arts AND International Index to Music Periodicals. Citations, abstracts, and full text of journal articles in dance, film, music, theater, and puppetry, 1864-present.
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Naxos Music Library Jazz
Around five thousand tracks of recorded jazz music, with notes. Faculty can call Ref. desk 545-0150 for playlist password.
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Naxos Sheet Music
Sheet music for 14,000 scores.
Also known as: Sheet Music Now
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Naxos Video Library
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Streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.
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Opera in Video
A growing collection of filmed opera stage productions, with some interviews and other documentary videos.
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Performing Arts Directory
Contact information and descriptions for organizations, facilities, and agencies for music, theater and dance.
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RIPM Online Archive & e-Library
Full text of approx. 150 international, historical music journals, 1800-1950.
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RIPM Retro. Index to Music Periodicals
Index to international historical music periodicals, 1800-1950. Some full text.
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Rock's Backpages
Rock reviews, articles and interviews from the late 1950s to the present day.
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Smithsonian Global Sound
Music from America and elsewhere on the Folkways label. Listen for free and download for a fee. Playlist option available.
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