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FAQ - Finding Articles about Music (Music Library)

 

Finding Articles about Music


Contents:

General Indexes and Bibliographies

Music Index 
Available in both print and online versions.

Location: ML1 .M823 at the Index Table in the Reference Section or online.

The print version indexes the periodicals listed in the front of each issue (note that the list also includes the abbreviations for the periodical titles).  It is organized into one-year cumulations (1949-1978, 1989-2009) or two-year cumulations (1979-1988). Usually runs a few months behind.

For more information about the Music Index Online, see this page

***Note: the online database is available to IU Bloomington Campus users only!***

RILM Abstracts of Musical Literature
Available in both print and online versions.

Location: ML1 .I62 at the Index Table in the Reference Section or online.

Includes citations and abstracts (summaries) of articles, including some in periodicals not indexed by Music Index, as well as books.
One attractive feature: it translates the titles and (generally) has abstracts of articles in foreign languages.
Print copy from 1967-1999.
For more information on the online version, see this page.
***Note: the online database is available to IU Bloomington Campus users only!***
Also see our handout on RILM for tips on using this resource.

International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP)
Available online.

Started current indexing in 1996 and is in the process of adding material going back into the 19th century. The current citations include abstracts (summaries).  For more information, see this page.

***Note: this online database is available to IU Bloomington Campus users only!***

Arts and Humanities Citation Index

Available online.

A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Not only gives citations but helps trace the bibliographic links between the items (who has cited whom).
For more information about this resource, see this page.

***Note: this online database is available to IU Bloomington Campus users only!***

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Available in print and as part of Oxford Music Online.

Location: ML100 .G92 at the Index Table in the Reference Section or online.

The entries on composers, performers, and topics generally include excellent bibliographies of articles and other items.

See also the New Grove relatives (The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, shelved next to the New Grove on the Index Table). 

For more information about Oxford Music Online, see this page.

Music Article Guide

Location: 1966-1975 are ML1.M786 in the Reference Section; 1975-1996 are on Microfilm ML1443.

A comprehensive quarterly reference guide to significant signed feature articles in American music periodicals.

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums
Location: ML113.B48 in the Reference Section.

Covers 1936-39, 1950-1988.

Music Periodical Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of Indexes and Bibliographies [1978]

Location: ML128.P24 M43 in the Reference Section.

International Music Journals [1990]
Location: ML128.P24 I6  There are two copies, one in the Reference Section and one in the Stacks.

General information on journals and their coverage.

Music and Dance Periodicals: An International Directory and Guidebook [1989]

Location: ML128.P24 R6  There are two copies, one in the Reference Section and one in the Stacks.


Guides to Individual Composers and Performers

There are several different places to look for these useful resources.  Here are a few key starting points:


1) In the Reference section, go to the volumes with call numbers beginning with ML134. They are in alphabetical order by the composer's last name. This section of the Reference collection includes bio-bibliographies, research and information guides, biographies, and thematic indexes of the works of individual composers and, sometimes, performers. Some examples of ML134 holdings:

Writings about Henry Cowell: An Annotated Bibliography (Ref.) ML134.C9 M3

Gustav Holst (1874-1934): A Centenary Documentation (Ref.) ML134.H75 S55


2) Search in: Duckles and Reed, Music Reference and Research Materials: An Annotated Bibliography, entries 4.89-4.132 (Ref.) ML113.D83 1997


3) Do title searches in IUCAT for the following series:

Title=Garland Composer Resource Manuals

Title=Bio-Bibliographies in Music

Or, perform the following searches:

Subject=MUSIC--BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHY

Keyword=BIBLIOGRAPHY, Subject=[NAME OF COMPOSER]


Two particularly useful composer bibliographies are:

Bach-Bibliographie (Ref.) ML134.B1 B12

Index to writings about J.S. Bach through 1980. Supplement for 1981-85 in Bach-Jahrbuch (ML410 .B12 A6 1989).

Johannes Brahms: An Annotated Bibliography of the Literature Through 1982 (Ref.) ML134.B8 Q5


Selected Indexes and Bibliographies of Specific Subjects

  • Periodical Literature on American Music, 1620-1920: A Classified List with Annotations [1988] (Ref.) ML120.U5 W29
  • The Art Song: A Research and Information Guide [1987] (Ref.) ML128.S3 S45
  • Black Music in the U.S.: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Reference and Research Materials [1983] (Ref.) ML128.B45 F6
  • Brass Bibliography [1990] (Ref.) ML128.W5 F2
  • A Classified, Annotated Bibliography of Articles Related to Choral Music in Five Major Periodicals Through 1980 (Ref.) ML128.C48 C5
  • A Bibliography Of Computer Music [1981] (Ref.) ML128.E4 T55
  • Folk Music In America: A Reference Guide [1986] (Ref.) ML128.F74 M5
  • Guitar Bibliography [1984] (Ref.) ML128.G8 S4
  • Jazz: Reference and Research Materials [1981] (Ref.) ML128.J3 M4
  • The Musical: An International Annotated Bibliography [1986] (Ref.) ML128.M78 W56
  • Music Criticism: An Annotated Guide to the Literature [1979] (Ref.) ML113.D6
  • Music In American Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography [1988] (Ref.) ML120.U5 B88
  • Opera: A Research and Information Guide [1984] (Ref.) ML128.O4 M37
  • Bibliographie der Orgel [1973] (Ref.) ML128.O6 R44
  • Percussion: An Annotated Bibliography [1988] (Ref.) ML128.P23 B34
  • Piano Information Guide: An Aid to Research [1989] (Ref.) ML128.P3 P24
  • Performance Practice, Medieval to Contemporary: A Bibliographic Guide [1988] (Ref.) ML128.P235 J3. Supplements in Performance Practice Review (ML1 .P10876), 1988-
  • The Literature of Rock, 1954-1978 (Ref.) ML128.R6 H6
  • Women in American Music [1979] (Ref.) ML128.W7 B6

For related topics, check in Reference in the area of the nearest related bibliography listed above, or check IUCAT under an appropriate subject heading (consult the staff if you need assistance).



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