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Music Databases

Recommended Databases

Oxford Music (Grove Online)

Oxford Music Online offers full-text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Oxford Dictionary of Music and Oxford Companion to Music, plus updates and new entries.

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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

Comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. Contains the full text of the 10 volume print encyclopedia. Each volume contains an overview of a region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances. Articles include photographs of musicians, musical instruments, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Also includes drawings, maps, and links to musical examples.

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Classical Music Library

On-demand online access (streaming audio) to over 15,000 recordings of musical works from the classical repertoire.

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Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

This database presents more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming audio, and includes the published recordings owned by the nonprofit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records and other labels. Featured music includes American Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Old Time Country, American Indian, World, Jazz, Classical and Broadway, Children’s songs, and spoken word and sounds.

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Naxos Music Library

Naxos Music Library provides streaming audio recordings of classical, jazz, and world music from record labels. It contains over one million tracks and includes the complete catalogs from BIS, Chandos, Hänssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naxos, Ondine and selected titles of other leading independent labels, with over 1,000 albums added monthly.

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Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP: International Index to Music Periodicals)

Indexes and provides citations to articles in over 375 international music periodicals, including feature music articles and obituaries from The New York Times and The Washington Post. Abstracts are included from 1996 forward.

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

RILM is a comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. Publications originate from 151 countries and are in 214 languages. There are currently over 550,000 records in RILM on traditional music, popular music, and classical music. Coverage of all document types begins in 1967. Coverage of Conference Proceedings goes back to 1835.

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music

This definitive encyclopedia includes 30,000 entries on popular music from 1900 to the present.  Jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music are all covered, as well as trends, styles, venues, biographies, discographies, album ratings, suggestions for further reading and  so forth.
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Music Librarian

Linda Dempf



R. Barbara Gitenstein Library
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628


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