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African American Music Reference (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

This collection offers the first comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.​


American Song (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

This is a historical database that allows people to hear and feel the music from America's past.The database includes songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.​


Classical Music in Video (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

The collection contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with master classes and interviews with master teachers from around the world.


Classical Music Library (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

It is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. This ever growing collection includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.


Classical Music Reference Library (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

It contains more than 40, 000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's Student Encyclopedia of Music, which are available for the first time in electronic form.​


Classical Scores Library (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

Contains hundreds of thousands of pages of the most important classical music scores.


Contemporary World Music (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

This collection delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database contains important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.​


Dance in Video (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

This collection contains five hundred hours of dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.​


Early Music Online

This collection holds digitised images of some of the world’s oldest surviving volumes of printed music. Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitised from microfilm.


Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

It is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.


Index to Printed Music – via EBSCOhost 

The IPM is the only electronic resource for finding individual pieces of music published in standard scholarly editions, such as composers’ collected works, published in sets and series, organized by composer, geographical area, or by time or style period. With over 307,000 index records, the database contains detailed indexing including, but not limited to, composers, editors, poets, librettists, performing force (medium), format, genres, musical incipits (for identification), etc.


International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with full-text – via EBSCOhost 

This database contains all of the content available in International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance as well as full text for 100 titles.


International Index to Music Periodicals with full-text

This is a music journal resource with more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to current, covering the scholarly to the popular.


International Index to the Performing with full-text 

This is a performing arts journal resource with nearly 350,000 indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1864 to current, covering film, theatre and dance.


International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) 

This database offers around 700,000 mainly manuscript sources catalogued in detail according to academic criteria. The manuscripts are currently stored in hundreds of libraries and archives around the world.


Jazz Music Library (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres. Looking for recordings of a particular tune? Browse by Song title.


Music and Performing Arts Online 

It is a cross-search portal which allows one to search both International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) and International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) in one go. It is updated twice a month.


Music Online (from Alexander Street Press) 

Databases included:

  • African American music reference
  • American song
  • Classical music library
  • Classical music reference library
  • Classical Music in Video
  • Classical scores library
  • Contemporary world music
  • Dance in video
  • The Garland encyclopedia of world music online
  • Jazz music library
  • Opera in video
  • Smithsonian global sound

Opera in Video (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

It contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. All video is now supported for iPhone and Andriod operating on 3G network or better.


The Oxford History of Western Music

The Oxford History of Western Music online offers an unmatched account of the evolution of Western classical music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. Since its original publication in print Taruskin's landmark study has received universal acclaim and numerous awards.


Oxford Music Online
Includes

  • Grove Music Online
  • Oxford Companion to Music
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature – via EBSCOhost 

Published by Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale (RILM), is the premier international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines from 1967 through the present. RILM contains nearly 500,000 records in over 214 languages from 151 countries; entries include full bibliographic information, original-language titles and abstracts, including those in non-roman writing systems, with English translations, as well as author, journal, and in-depth subject indexes.


RISM - International Inventory of Musical Sources

This database offers around 700,000 mainly manuscript sources catalogued in detail according to academic criteria. The manuscripts are currently stored in hundreds of libraries and archives around the world.


Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries (part of the Music Online collection from Alexander Street Press)

This collection produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopaedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides educators, students, and interested listeners with an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.