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MUS 283: 19th Century Music

Music Databases

These databases cover the field of music in depth. Use them to find journal articles and other publications.

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases help you search the literature of various fields simultaneously.

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper research is a specialized task.  Get started with the resources below, or just ask for help!

Scholarly vs Popular Journals

Scholarly-journal articles are appropriate for academic papers.

Popular-journal articles are especially useful when

  • your topic is so current that scholars haven't written much about it.
  • you need first-hand, contemporaneous reports (such as a newspaper or magazine review by a person who attended a work's premiere).

Characteristics of Popular Publications:

  • Contain general information that appeals to a wide audience
  • Written by journalists or others who are not professionals in that field
  • Use easily understood language
  • Usually do NOT include citations or a bibliography
  • Limited or non-existent editorial review
  • May contain glossy photographs.
Examples include the New Yorker, Time, Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and Variety.


Characteristics of Scholarly Publications:

  • Report on primary research
  • Written by experts in the field
  • Written for other researchers/scholars
  • Use terms and language that are discipline-specific
  • Usually include in-text citations and a bibliography of cited sources
  • May include graphs, charts, etc. related to the topic
  • Often are peer reviewed by an editorial board of experts
  • Published by a professional organization or society, university, research center, or scholarly press.
Examples include Cambridge Opera Journal, Ethnomusicology, Opera Quarterly, Journal of Musicology, American Music, Musical Quarterly, and Popular Music.
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