Databases for Music

Essential Research Tools

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing indexing for over 8,000 journals with full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications. Over 85 journals are devoted to the study of topics in music.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


IMSLP: Petrucci Music Library

The IMSLP (International Music Score Project Library) contains more than 267,000 public domain scores of more than 78,600 works by more than 7,500 composers. Scores are in PDF format, thus can be printed. The database also includes more than 28,000 sound recordings.



Provides access to a comprehensive music collection which includes classical music, jazz, world music, folk music, Chinese music, and more all in a streaming format. Includes informational commentary on composers, discussions of classical music and opera, and a pronunciation guide.

15,000 + CD | Listen only no downloads | More info | Newsletter


New York Times

Search for full text newspaper articles. Good for reviews of musical performance of all varieties. (from ProQuest)

1995--current | Full text


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others. Our collection contains 11 journals devoted to the study of topics in music.

Full text | More info


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 

Comprehensive, on-going guide to publications (articles, books, dissertations, reviews, and more) on music from all over the world. Contains some 400,000 entries. (from ProQuest)

Citations & abstracts only

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Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view



From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program.

Bibliographic records


All Fine Arts Databases | All SMU databases

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