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Music Research Guide

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Email:rebecca.adlerschiff@csi.cuny.edu
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Table of Contents:
Subject-Specific Databases
Related Databases
Reference Sources
Internet Resources and Websites
Journals, Magazines, Newspapers
Sheet Music


Core databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Humanities International Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from Humanities International Index (more than 2,300 journals and more than 2.9 million records) plus unique full-text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals. Humanities International Complete is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.


JSTOR Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full text access to complete back runs of scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage for most journals does not include the last 3-5 years. Users can search across the entire database or limit their search to journals in specific subject disciplines. Click here for a search tutorial.


Oxford Music Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A comprehensive music reference work covering all aspects of popular and classical music. Find artist/composer biographies, definitions of key terms, descriptions of major musical works and instruments, and encyclopedia articles on musical genres, styles, and traditions.


Project MUSE Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Full-text articles from scholarly journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences primarily covering the fields of literature, history, cultural studies, political science, religion, and the arts. (Books are not available yet)


Related databases for finding articles in this subject area.

Academic Search Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Large multidisciplinary database providing abstracts and select full text of scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of subject disciplines, including art, literature, education, history, sociology, science, and engineering. Because of its broad subject and full text coverage, Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for research on virtually any topic. Click here for a search tutorial.


America: History and Life Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts of journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. Includes major titles such as Journal of American History, American Historical Review, and American Quarterly. (For world history see Historical Abstracts). [CSI]


Art Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Citations and abstracts from over 400 leading art publications throughout the world covering the fields of art history, architecture, graphic design, photography, sculpture, and museology. Find feature articles, artist profiles, exhibit reviews, and art reproductions. This database offers abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications?now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. In addition to articles, Art Abstracts indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.


Arts & Humanities Citation Index Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Arts & Humanities Citation Index provides citations to journal articles in the arts and humanities, including architecture, art, classics, dance, literature, music, philosophy, film, religion, and theater.


Biography Reference Center Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 460,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases. In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many others.


Communications and Mass Media Complete Information Help Funding Source Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts and select full text from over 650 journals in communications and mass media. Covers topics in journalism, film, television, marketing, business communication, health communication, and more.


Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Part of the Web of Science, Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities provides citations to papers and proceedings of social science and humanities conferences from 1990 to present.


Historical Abstracts Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Abstracts of articles, books, and dissertations on world history (excluding U.S. & Canada) from 1450 to the present. Covers all branches of world history, including political, military, economic, social and cultural, as well as the history of science, technology, and medicine. (For U.S. & Canadian history see America: History & Life) Selective indexing of historical articles from more than 1,800 journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.


Taylor & Francis Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Multidisciplinary database providing access to over 1,220 full text scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Click here for a list of available titles.


Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference works available in print or online.

At This Theatre: 100 Years of Broadway Shows, Stories and Stars Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A theatre by theatre history of Broadway in the 20th century.
Location: 1st Fl Reference PN2277.N5B46 2002


Encyclopedia of Popular Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographical encyclopedia of rock, pop, and jazz artists from 1900 to the present. Also includes entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and festivals.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML102.P66G84 2006


Gale Virtual Reference Library Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital reference collection containing over 400 full text encyclopedias, almanacs, handbooks, and specialized reference books. Search all titles or browse titles by subject.
Click on the "Title LIst" for contents. Title List


Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
10-volume encyclopedia covering music from all cultures of the world. Each volume includes an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML100.G16 1998


Great Composers and Their Works Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographies of 19 noted composers from Bach to Shostakovich. Each entry consists of a biographical essay followed by commentary on individual works.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML160.S48 2000


Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
6 volumes, each dealing with a distinct period of rock history from the 1950s until today. Each volume offers information about important musicians, songs, trends, and styles of the era as well as a resource guide listing related books, articles, and websites for further research.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML3534.G754 2006


Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers definitions and descriptions of musical terms, different forms of musical composition, individual works, and instruments, as well as biographies of musical composers, performers, and theorists.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML100.H36 1999


History of Western Music Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
A History of Western Music naturally focuses on the musical works, styles, genres, and ideas that have proven most influential, enduring, and significant?but it also encompasses a wide range of music, from religious to secular, from serious to humorous, from art music to popular music, and from Europe to the Americas. Location: Textbook Reserve ML160 .G872 2010. Earlier edition available: Stacks 3rd Floor ML160 .G872 2006


Icons of R&B and Soul: An Encyclopedia of the Artists Who Revolutionized Rhythm Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Chronilogically arranged biographies of R&B and Soul legends. Each entry includes a detailed summary of the artist's life, an assessment of his/her legacy, a selected discography, and suggestions for further reading.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML3479.G85 2008


Icons of Rock: An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographies of influential rock musicians from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan. Each entry explores the issues, trends, and movements that defined the cultural and social climate of the artists' music.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML3534.S336 2008


International Dictionary of Black Composers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offering biographical data, bibliographies, discographies, and critical essays, this two-volume set provides information on composers of African heritage from around the world. Nearly half of the artists included are classical composers, but the volume also covers some popular composers (in particular, those whose work engages ragtime, jazz, or gospel) and concert and theater composers who have written a substantial amount of published music. Organized alphabetically, entries cover two and a half centuries of musicians, from Ignatius Sancho, born in 1729, to William Cedric Banfield, born in 1961.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML105 .I5 1999


Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in America: 1888 to the Present Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers reference information on American popular music from the late 19th century until the mid-1990s. Each entry includes song title, composer, date, performer(s), and a brief background.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML128.P63L57 1996


Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
An annotated bibliography of music research materials such as dictionaries, encylcopedias, handbooks, biographies, discographies, directories, websites, and much more.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML113.D83 1997


Musical Terms, Symbols, and Theory: An Illustrated Dictionary Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Divided into four sections: a glossary of music theory terms, instruments, notation, and playing instructions; a multi-language instrument guide listing instruments in five languages - English, Italian, French, German and Spanish; an illustrated notation guide showing the common notation symbols used in musical scores; and scales, keys and chords, giving the scales for all major keys, and for all harmonic, melodic and natural minor keys and the key signatures of all major keys.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML108.T46 1989


New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
20-volume encyclopedia with articles on music history, instruments, movements, and composers of all different genres and styles. Also available online through Oxford Art Online.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML100.N48 1995


Oxford Dictionary of Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Dictionary of musical terms, composers, instruments, and related subjects.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML100.K35 1994


Oxford Reference - Performing Arts Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Performing arts ebooks from Oxford Reference Online.


Oxford Reference Online Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of online reference books in all fields of study including dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, and subject reference works. Search by keyword or browse titles by subject.


Popular Musicians Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Biographies of popular musicians of rock, hip hop, country, R&B, and blues. Each entry includes a summary of the artist's life and musical style, select discography, awards, and cross-references to related articles.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML105.P66 1999


Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway's Major Composers Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Chronicles the shows, songs, and careers of the major composers of the American musical theater from the earliest to the latest hits on Broadway.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML128.M78S86 2000


This Business of Music: The Definitive Guide to the Music Industry Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to all legal, economic, and financial aspects of the music business such as contracts, royalties, licenses, sales, technology, and copyright.
Location: 1st Fl Reference ML3790.S5 2000


Resources freely available on the Internet.

Allmusic Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
The most comprehensive guide to recorded music on the web. Look up information about artists, genres, styles, albums, and track listings.


American Music Resource Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers reference information about all styles of Western music such as bibliographies and links to relevant websites.


Billboard Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers current and historical pop music charts, articles and album reviews, and industry news and analysis.


Internet Broadway Database Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Provides records of Broadway theatre productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Includes information about shows, performers, songs, and theaters.


Performing Arts Encyclopedia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress including scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. Users can find digitized items from the collections; articles and biographical essays; finding aids to collections; databases for performing arts resources; and a guide to other library collections, websites, databases and exhibits.


Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
NYPL's digital collection of textual, audio, and visual materials related to the performing arts of the early 20th century. Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, publicity posters, playbills, and sheet music.


WWW Sites of Interest to Musicologists Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Categorized directory of music websites from the American Society of Musicologists.


Journals and periodicals available online or in print at the CSI Library.

Music, Dance, Drama & Film Journals Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
All music journals available in print or online via the CSI Library. Click on a subject heading to see all of the journals associated with that subject.


Resources for locating sheet music on the web.

African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music from the Library of Congress dating from 1850 through 1920. Includes songs about abolitionism, black face minstrelsy, the civil war, and Reconstruction.


America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
American song sheets of the 19th century from the Library of Congress with the bulk of the collection focused on the 1850s to the 1870s.


Archive of Popular American Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digitized sheet music from the UCLA Music Library's Archive of Popular American Music.


Choral Public Domain Library Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Find scores, texts, translations, and information about composers.


Gutenberg:The Sheet Music Project Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Free public domain sheet music from Project Gutenberg.


Historic American Sheet Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection of early American sheet music published in the United States between 1850 and 1920 from Duke University Libraries.


Historic Sheet Music Collection, 1800-1922 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Over 9,000 pieces of digitized sheet music published between 1800 and 1922 from the Library of Congress.


International Music Score Library Project Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Virtual library of public domain musical scores. Browse by composer, time period, genre or instrument.


Juilliard Manuscript Collection online Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Conists of 138 autograph manuscripts, sketches, egravers proofs, and first editions from classical composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Handel, and Mozart.


Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Digital collection from John Hopkins University of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music from 1780 to 1980 with the bulk of the collection focused on the 19th century.


Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Over 15,000 pieces of sheet music the Libray of Congress collection published between 1820 and 1860. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular vocal music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and some music for band and orchestra.


Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Over 47,000 pieces of sheet music from the Libray of Congress collection published between 1870 and 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.


Mutopia Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Offers sheet music editions of classical music in the public domain for free download. Includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, and many others.


Norton Anthology of Western Music Information Help Funding Source Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
This comprehensive collection of scores illustrates every significant trend and genre of Western music from antiquity to modern times, with a strengthened emphasis on twentieth-century music. Location: Reserve MT91 .N67 2006 v.1


Sibley Music Library Information Help Funding Source Full/Some Full Text Subscription Resource - Proxy Access CUNY Access
Scores and books in the public domain from the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music.


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