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Music: Databases & Articles 

The databases included in this subject specific listing are helpful for finding information on music topics. Also listed are several audio and sheet music resources and, towards the bottom of the page, newspaper databases are included to help with finding information on current events and public opinion.

Articles | Reference | Audio | Sheet Music | News

Article Databases

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Citations and abstracts to periodicals in music history & literature, ethnomusicology and education, 1967 - .

Music Index Comprehensive subject-author guide to music periodical literature on every aspect of the classical and popular world of music, from 1976 -. Some backfile data from the period 1962-1975 is also included.

JSTOR Full-text. Complete digitized back-runs of core scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Note: This is not a current issues database.

Academic Search Premier Includes some full-text. Multidisciplinary topics, 1975 - .

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Reference Resources

Oxford/Grove Music Online Access to the full text of the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music, as well as New Grove titles including: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Encyclopedia of Popular Music Online . Over 50,000 signed articles and 28,000 biographies.

Classical Music Reference Library over 27,000 essays and images from 27 sources including Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Women Composers, composer biographies, etc.

African-American Music Reference over 4000 essays from 124 sources

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (w/audio) over 1000 essays and images from 10 sources with audio examples.

Audio Resources

Naxos Music Library Online music audio resource. Mainly classical music, but includes some contemproary jazz, world/folk, new age, and Chinese music.

Music Online (Alexander Street Press) over 500 hours of music recordings, documentaries, reference works and filmed dance and opera performances.  The platform cross-searches multiple audio, video, and reference databases including: Classical Music Library, Jazz Music Library, Smithsonian Global Sound, Contemporary World Music, American Song, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Classical Music Reference Library, African-American Music Reference, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, and Classical Scores Library.

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Sheet Music Resources

Naxos Music Library Sheet Music Over 45,000 sheet music titles, "spanning music from Medieval to the 21st Century and composers from Bach to Arvo Part." Solero editions can be transposed into any key or clef. Requires downloading the Solero Viewer (free).

Classical Scores Library a growing collection of classical scores (currently at 14,542 scores, eventually to number over 15,000).

Free Online Sheet Music Resources

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Video Resources

Opera in Video over 300 hours of opera documentaries and filmed performances. 

Dance in Video over 500 hours of dance documentaries and filmed performances.


America's Newspapers Full-text of over 700 local, regional, and national newspapers. Includes Decatur's Herald and Review, Springfield's State Journal Register, plus many more. Years of coverage varies by title.

Access World News Full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700

Newspaper Source Provides selected full text articles from 143 U.S. and international newspapers.

Chicago Tribune Full-text from 1985 - .

New York Times Complete full-text of the New York Times daily newspaper, from 2000 - .

Dec Online The online version of Millikin University's student newspaper.

Decatur's Herald & Review Full-text online from Janurary 1, 1992 - .

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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL