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Music: Journal Articles

Starting points for research in music

Music Research Articles

Use these databases to find research articles for your projects and papers. Make sure you try searching in different databases as each database provides different information.


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature * is a great tool to find scholarly journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, conference proceedings, reviews, and more primarily related to musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory. Almost 3/4 million records from over 10,000 journal titles since the early 20th century are included in this standard database. Coverage is very international.

Music Index * features digitized content from 1970 to the present, the Music Index contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians and the music industry for more than 480 periodicals with selective coverage for more than 200 additional periodicals. Includes journal articles, news articles, reviews, and obituaries.

RIPM Online: International Index to Nineteenth-Century Music Periodicals indexes over 200 different music periodicals in 14 different languages from 1759-1962. No full text available in this database, only citations which need to be found using other resources like the catalog or Interlibrary Loan.

Music Periodicals Database (used to be International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (IIMP)) is generally best for researching popular music, music performance, and music education, but still includes a significant number of items related to musicology and music theory. The bulk of the records are from the past 20 years, but it does provide partial coverage all the back to 1874. Particularly strong for locating music reviews.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive covers the core music, film, broadcasting, and theater magazines from the US and UK. Materials date from 1880-2000.

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums is a freely available index sponsored by the Institut fur Musikforschung in Germany. It covers many items already found in RILM, but it does have unique material that is from smaller European publications and also is much more comprehensive during the 1950-1966 period of time.

Canadian Music Periodical Index includes over 37,000 entries on articles dating from the late-19th century to the present day. Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented here, almost 200 of which are currently active and continue to be indexed. The CMPI database focuses on articles and news items touching on various aspects of music in Canada. 

ElectroAcoustic Research Site (EARS) attempts to index the literature dealing with electronic music, sound art, etc. It stopped actively indexing around 2007, so it doesn't have the most recent writings, but it's a great place to search for information that might be especially important to the ICIT department.

Interdisciplinary Research Articles

These databases don't solely focus on music, but they do contain lots of great information that could be helpful to you depending on your topics.

JSTOR * is a multidisciplinary database that has particularly strong music coverage. Note, it generally doesn't provide the 2-4 most recent years of a journal.

International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) generally focuses on drama, dance, and film research. This is a good resource to use if you are looking for music as it relates to any of these topics.

ERIC * is focused on education. There is a relatively large selection of music education research found here.

PsycINFO * is a psychology database. Use this if you are looking for the psychology of music or music therapy topics.

CINAHL * provides medical information aimed at the nursing community. This is a good database to find information about performing arts medicine.

Academic Search Complete * is a very large multidisciplinary database. You can normally locate at least one item on your topic due to the sheer breadth of their coverage.


If you're researching off campus then you will need to login to the UCI VPN for authentication through the campus network. There are two different methods of connection:

Software - This authentication process takes a bit more time at the initial setup, but will work better in the long run. Note - some pages may not load properly using IE8.

Web - Use Web VPN to access resources with less initial work. Note - some pages may load more slowly than if using the Software VPN. Also, not all UCI resources (such as Naxos Music Library and Opera in Video) may work with Web VPN.

For additional assistance please contact OIT at (949) 824-2222.

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables UC students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials from other libraries that are not available at the UCI Library. Please check ANTPAC before requesting an ILL.

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