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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only)
The world’s largest, continuously updated bibliography of music literature. Search journals and edited books for articles on any aspect of music or music history.
Journal titles indexed by RILM
Grove Music Online
A frequently updated online music encyclopedia that offers comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making and music scholarship. Written and edited by more than 9,000 subject experts, its 57,000 articles offer overviews of topics from a scholarly perspective and include extensive bibliographies to guide users through existing scholarship. 40,000 biographical articles provide life information and detailed works lists for composers, performers and other important musical figures.
APA references and in-text citations how-to
Tools and Resources
Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) series A/II: "Music manuscripts after 1600" is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts produced after 1600. Includes three other databases providing additional information on specific content: Composer, Library Sigla and Bibliographic Citations.
Naxos Music Library
The most comprehensive collection of classical music available online, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Also includes notes on the works as well as biographical information on composers or artists
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Search across a range of Library resources, including
If you cannot find it at UC Library or online, request an Interloan and we will get it for you from another library. There is no charge for this service
Finding Journal Articles
If you already have a reference to a journal article
- Search the Library catalogue
- Select the using the “Journal title begins with” option and enter the journal title
- Check for print and electronic holdings (separate catalogue records)
- Or instead, use Journal Search
- Search MultiSearch
- Use keywords from the article title and the author’s name
Music Electronic Journals
Browse lists of:
These databases cover many other subjects as well as music and are useful for cross-disciplinary topics.
All the journals on JSTOR are searchable full text. It does not usually contain articles from the most recent 3–5 years. You can specify Music as the discipline by choosing Advanced Search and scrolling down to the Journal Filter – this avoids irrelevant results for common search words
JSTOR Text Analyzer
A beta tool built by JSTOR Labs. With it you can search for related content on JSTOR just by uploading a document
Full-text scholarly journals across a range of subjects, including literature. 1993 onwards.
Academic Search Complete
A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for nearly 13,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others. Also includes full-text access to over 8,750 journals.
Indexes a worthwhile selection of music journals.
Education database - use it to find articles on all aspects of music teaching and learning.
Index New Zealand
Best source for information published in New Zealand journals and magazines.
Google Scholar – Tips and Tricks
Provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature
Use Scholar Preferences
- to import references into EndNote, BibTeX, etc: amend Bibliography manager details in the Search results section
- to show Full-Text @ UC Library, choose ”University of Canterbury“ in the Library Links section
Use Google Scholar Library to organise your references
World newspapers, current and back to last 20 years
New Zealand and world newspapers current and last 60 days. Fully illustrated.