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Classical Music Research Guide: Articles

How to Find a Specific Journal when you have a Citation

How to find a journal (a tab in this guide) shows step-by-step instructions.

Newspaper Articles

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

Journal Contents Service

See Table of Contents listings from the latest issues of over 80 current journals through the
Virtual Library of Musicology.

Databases for Finding Articles and More

Music Databases

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967- , with conference proceedings covered from 1835)
A comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes, RILM covers all types of literature about music, not just journal articles. Entries include abstracts in English.  More information about RILM's scope and contents is available here.

Music Index Online (Most content dates from 1975 or later)
Indexes articles in more than 700 music periodicals and selectively indexes journals in related fields. U
se the "Choose Databases" option to search this along with Academic Search Complete.

Music Periodicals Database  (1996-  .  Selected journals are indexed in their entirety)
Try this for popular music.  Indexes articles in more than 430 music journals from about 20 countries; selectively indexes some newspapers. To limit results to articles in English and/or exclude reviews, use the Advanced Search.

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums (1950-  ) [English interface]
Useful for exhaustive research projects, this international bibliography is similar to RILM in scope, but coverage begins earlier.  Notice the search links at the very top of the page.

Multi-disciplinary databases

Academic Search Complete
A large multidisciplinary database offering full text of over 5000 periodicals.  Also indexes and abstracts other types of publications.  Coverage dates vary, with some content going as far back as 1865.


The Journal Storage Project, provides access to digitized versions to complete runs of key scholarly journals in the arts, the humanities, literature, the sciences, the social sciences, and selected scholarly journals in related disciplines such as business, ecology, botany, music, and statistics.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
Contains full runs of key trade and consumer magazines in film, broadcasting, popular music and theater, including Variety and Billboard.  Offers full-text search capability, including within ads

Google Scholar
Searches scholarly literature across many disciplines.  Try the "Advanced Scholar Search" to focus your search.  Be aware that the links to Emory content sometimes yield false negatives.  Always search EUCLID or discoverE before you conclude that Emory doesn't own the cited source.

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