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Music Research and Resources

This is a subject guide created to facilitate music research, writing, and performance.

Bibliographies and Indexes- Open Access

Dissertations- Open Access

Additional Resources


  • Digital Public Library of America - free web
    (DPLA) Over 44 million images, texts, videos, and sound file—s from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country.
  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia - free web
    (Library of Congress) A guide to the performing arts collections (both print and digital) and exhibitions at the Library of Congress. Includes digitized items from the collections and topical compositions such as Civil War Sheet Music and American Choral music.


  • Aria Database - free web
    The Aria Database provides basic information and translations on operas and operatic arias. Sound samples are provided of arias and basic information on available scores and full audio files for purchase.
  • Art Song Central - free web
    An index of Leider and Art Songs, searchable by title, composer, time period.
  • Freegal Music - free web
    (Freegal® Music) Offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos. Unlimited streaming and three downloads per week. 
  • RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources - free web
    (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) aims to comprehensively document the world’s musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. The online-catalogue offered here contains around 700,000 references almost exclusively to music manuscripts.