Research databases

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Reference works

Oxford Music Online

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


Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG)

The premier German-language music encyclopedia. Google Translate tool available


Oxford Bibliographies Online: Music

Peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on musicology and ethnomusicology



Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Devoted to music research of all the world's peoples;
includes audio examples
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians Concise biographies  
Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments Instruments and their makers  
Musical America Current news and directories  
Opening Night!  Opera & Oratorio Premieres Cross-index of data for over 41,000 opera and oratorio premieres  
IPA Source International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts.  
Music Industry Data International charting albums and singles under exclusive academic licence from Billboard. Tutorials available.  
Digital Resources for Musicology Links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. Maintained by CCARH.  


Research portal for networked musicology (formerly ViFa Musik)  


Bielefelder Kataloge Klassik Classical  
The Jazz Discography Jazz Help 
Discography of American Historical Recordings  Multiple genres Help 

Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM)

Multiple genres  


Multiple genres  

Periodical literature


Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP)

Indexes articles, reviews, obituaries. Bulk coverage 1996-present  
RILM Indexes and full text articles, reviews, commentary, dissertations. 1967-present Video intro 
RILM Abstracts with Full Text    
Music Index Indexes and full text articles, reviews, obituaries, dissertations. 1973-present  
RIPM  Indexes and full text articles published ca. 1800-1950 Help
RIPM Jazz Periodicals

Indexes and full text articles for 105 jazz journals, covering the period from 1914 to 2006

Rock's Back Pages

The online library of pop writing. The ultimate archive of music journalism.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive

Core trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. 

Bibliographie des Musikschriftums

International and interactive bibliography of literature on music 


Indexes to printed music and manuscripts

RISM Historical manuscripts Help
Index to Printed Music Monuments, critical editions  
Notnaia Letopsis Russian music publications  
Hofmeister XIX 19th century music published in German-speaking countries Help