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Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online

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  • Reference Sources | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Online access to 10-volume print edition (1997); articles about music performance and instruments in cultural context.

Harvard Dictionary of Music

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  • Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Credo

Online version of print (2003); authoritative definitions of musical styles, instruments, performance markings, concepts, and works; no biographical information.

Naxos Music Library

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  • Audio
  • Vendor: Naxos

Streaming audio database (classical, jazz, world, and folk music); liner notes; audio pronunciation of composers and performers names and musical terms accessible from "Resources."

Anthropology Online

  • Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Full text of published ethnographies, seminal texts, memoirs, contemporary studies and archival material covering human culture and behavior around the world.

Cambridge Companions Online

  • E-books | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: Cambridge

A series of authoritative guides, written by experts, that provide introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.

FYI: The library has also purchased over 300 additional Cambridge Companions (1997 - 2015) which can be accessed via the database, Literature Online. To find a list of the Companions in Literature Online search “Cambridge Companion” as “Publications” and “In publication summary," or you can search by title.

Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)

  • Audio
  • Vendor: Anthology of Recorded Music

Streaming audio recordings of American music in all genres; well-written liner notes;

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Ethnographic Sound Archives Online

  • Audio | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Audio recordings from field expeditions studying music in its cultural context, 1960s-1980s.

Ethnomusicology: Global Field Recordings

(AM Explorer)
  • Audio | Primary Sources (Archival) | Videos
  • Vendor: Adam Matthew

Produced in collaboration with the UCLA and University of Washington ethnomusicology archives, this collection includes thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film footage, field notebooks, slides, correspondence and ephemera.

Met Opera On Demand

  • Primary Sources (Archival) | Videos
  • Vendor: Metropolitan Opera

Streaming video and audio of Metropolitan Opera performances; limited to 5 simultaneous users.

MGG Online

  • Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

Online version of the 2nd edition (2003) Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart print; in-depth articles on all aspects of music and biographical information on composers and performers; text in German; bibliographies and composers' works lists; continuously updated.

Music Index

  • Popular Sources | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: EBSCOhost

Citations to articles about classical and popular music from 1949 to present.

Naxos Video Library

  • Videos
  • Vendor: Naxos

Streaming videos of music, opera, dance, and theatre performances as well as live concerts and documentaries.

Oxford Bibliographies

  • Reference Sources
  • Vendor: Oxford

Authoritative list of sources for research on multiple Social Science and Humanities subject areas.


  • Images | Primary Sources (Archival) | Scholarly Sources
  • Vendor: Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale

Examples of and information about music iconography

Smithsonian Global Sound

  • Audio | Primary Sources (Archival)
  • Vendor: Alexander Street Press

Streaming audio of world music, spoken work, and natural sounds.

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