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Music Research: Articles and Databases

Research Guide for Music

Ryan Library Databases for Music Sources

Ryan Library Databases are subscriptions provided to the PLNU community for online access to journal and magazine articles and/or citations.

You will be asked to log in with your PLNU network information to access any of these databases.

Some recommended databases for Music students include:

  • Music Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (IIMP)) : Covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.
  • Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)): This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. 
  • JSTORThis multi-disciplinary database offers full-text access to more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, including 75 music-related journals. To limit your search to music journals only, choose Advanced Search, then scroll down and choose Music.
  • IPA Source: The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) contains transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias, art song texts and MP3 recordings. 
  • Oxford Music Online (including Grove's)This database is comprised of the complete full-text content of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.
  • Naxos Music LibraryThis database is an online listening library of classical music available online offering over 500,000 tracks of Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk, and Chinese music. Search for works by composer, artist, period, year of composition, instrument or genre.
  • Academic Search PremierThis multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Humanities Full Text: This database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Use this option when requesting items that are not available at Ryan Library:

      InterLibrary Loan

  • Articles, books and other materials can be requested from InterLibrary Loan.
  • Articles may take a minumum of 2-5 business days.
  • Books requested via InterLibrary Loan may take a minumum of 7-10 business days.
  • Loan periods and renewal availability varies depending on the participating libraries.
  • Overdue fines will apply.

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