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Music Resources in the Penn Libraries   Tags: 0type research guide  

A guide to music resources and collections in the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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This guide covers the resources and collections related to the study of music at the University of Pennsylvania.

Background Resources

Background sources give you a broad overview of a topic and suggest possible ways to refine a topic. They also include bibliographies for further reading that can be valuable as you build a bibliography of sources to read and consult during your research.

  • Oxford Music Online
    The electronic version of the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the most comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia of music in English.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Online version of the ten-volume encyclopedia of music from around the world. The content consists of article-length chapters rather than topical entries.

Finding Materials: Books

  • New Franklin
    Use to find books held in Penn's collections
  • WorldCat
    Contains the holdings of hundreds of libraries in the United States, Europe, and Austrailia. This is a good source to find books on your topic that aren't held by Penn. You can then request them through BorrowDirect+ or Interlibrary Loan.
  • BorrowDirect+
    Use to request books not held by Penn--or checked out to another user

Finding Materials: Articles

  • International Index to Music Periodicals
    Includes periodical literature only. Offers quite a bit of full text, both as HTML and PDFs.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    Includes scholarly journal literature as well as books, dissertations, and collections of essays.
  • JSTOR  
    Full text of scholarly journals across all disciplines. JSTOR will also include music-related articles in non-music journals.
    A general article database that includes some full text.
  • Google Scholar
    A convenient way to search for articles and books on your topic. Be sure to use this link, which will associate your search results with Penn resources.
  • Rock's back pages
    An online archive of music journalism, sourced from freelance contributions to the music and mainstream press from the 1950s to the present day. The articles are full text and searchable, and all are reproduced with the permission of the copyright holders.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.

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