Getting Started With Your Research

Find definitions, background and biographical information in these resources:

Oxford Music Online - Electronic access to the major music encyclopedias and dictionaries, including Grove Music Online.

Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Entries on all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - Database of general (non-music) encyclopedias that provides contextual information on periods and movements.  Garland Encyclopedia of World Music.  The sole major reference work in world music, each volume is devoted to a geographic region
Print version:  Fine Arts Library Reference ML 100 G16 1998 

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. - The print edition of Grove Music Online, part of Oxford Music Online
Call number: Fine Arts Library Reference ML 100 N48 2001

Finding Articles on Music

List of all the databases for music


Music Index - Articles from hundreds of international music periodicals. Includes book reviews, recording and performance reviews.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - Broad international coverage indexing journals, books, dissertations, conference proceedings, Festschriften, and more.

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950) - Extensive coverage of historic music periodical literature. Search together with RILM to access over two hundred years of music serials.

International Index to the Performing Arts - Articles from scholarly and popular press on dance, film, television, theater, and opera.


Academic Search Complete and Academic OneFile - Full-text access to a range of scholarly journals and magazines, including the topics of radio, television, and film. 

JSTOR - Full-text access to over 1,500 journals, of which 94 are in music.

Project MUSE - Includes 14 music journals with a broad range of topics including jazz, blues, world, folk, and computer music.

LexisNexis Academic and Factiva - Local, national and international newspaper articles.

Google Scholar - Use to search for scholarly books and articles.  Access it through the UT Libraries website so you are connected to the full text of items in the libraries' collections.

Finding Music Scores, CDs, and DVDs

Go to Music Search in the Library Catalog where you can more easily restrict by format. Enter the name of a performer, band, or composer, and/or a work title, and click Go!

Music Search page of UT Library Catalog

Special Collections in Music at UT

The musical holdings in the Fine Arts Library's special collections include 19th and early 20th century piano vocal, piano pedagogy, and choral sheet music. Access is by appointment.

The Historical Music Recordings Collection contains over 200,000 items on nearly all formats, including LPs, 45s, 78s, lacquer discs, broadcast transcription discs, audio cassettes, piano rolls, and open reel tape. Bibliographic records for selected formats may be consulted in the Library Catalog (see below). These materials can be requested by filling out a request slip at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk. Access to uncataloged media is by appointment.

For more information, please see this research guide on Special Collections in Music at UT.

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Special Collections in Music at UT

Music and Video Streaming

For more information about UT's collection of DVDs and streaming video, see the Audio/Visual Research Guide.

  • Dance in Video: Dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, modern and improvisational dance.
  • Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM): Online listening for more than 4,000 albums from Albany Records, New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other labels.
  • Music Online: Listening Plus is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming audio with almost 70,000 albums amounting to more than 8 million tracks.  Labels include Rounder, Hyperion and Chandos.  Includes Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and archival audio collections of Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, and Paredon.
  • Opera in Video: Video of 250 commonly studied operas from contemporary productions featuring the world's best performers, conductors, and opera houses.

Digital Scores (click to expand)

  • IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library: A digital library of over 250,000 public domain music scores.
  • American Memory, Library of Congress: The Performing Arts, Music section contains 32 collections of materials pertaining to American musical idioms (jazz, folk, blues, gospel, Hispano, American Indian, vaudville, and others). Collections include scores, photographs, sound and film.
  • Archive of American Popular Music: UCLA's digital archive of American popular music includes 450,000 pieces of sheet music and 62,500 recordings from discs, tapes, and cylinders.
  • Bavarian State Library: A collection of 4,000 digitized scores and books in the music collection of the Bavarian State Library.
  • Chopin Early Editions: A digital collection of 400 first and early printed editions of works by Frédéric Chopin. Maintained by the University of Chicago.
  • Choral Public Domain Library: Contains 17,000 public domain choral scores.
  • Danish National Digital Sheet Music Archive: Published and manuscript scores from the music and theatre collections of the Royal Library of Denmark.
  • Europeana: A digital portal to the libraries and archives of Europe. Contains a growing collection of manuscript and printed scores. Enter your search terms and add the shortcut what: score in the search box.
  • Gallica: The digital library of the National Library of France. Contains 22,000 manuscript and printed scores, primarily works created or published in France.
  • Internet Culturale: A gateway to many digitized manuscript scores of Italian music. Select the Biblioteca digitale radio button before initiating your search.
  • Mutopia: A digital collection of 1,650 scores in the public domain as well as contemporary works made freely available by the composer or publisher.
  • Sibley Music Library: A digital library of 22,000 public domain scores, many of which are unique to Sibley (Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester).
  • Variations: A prototype for an Online Musical Scores project from the University of Indiana. Contains a large amount of opera and song literature, as well as select instrumental and orchestral music.
  • Sheet Music Collections: A list maintained by Duke University of sheet music collections in the US.
  • Sheet Music Consortium: A database of digital sheet music collections in academic and research libraries. Hosted by the University of California at Los Angeles.

Vocal Music Links

The Aria Database - Information on operatic arias.

The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive - Original texts and translations to classical vocal works, updated daily.

More Online Music Resources

These are some excellent music directories, which compile open online resources for musical scholarship.

  • MusRef (Brigham Young University)

Audio Digitization Tutorials

If you discover sound recordings of interest to you in the Library Catalog, but they are in analog formats (e.g. LPs, 45s, audio cassettes), you might find these audio digitization tutorials to be of value. The Fine Arts Library has the media equipment and software you will need. Of related interest: Media Equipment and Tutorials.