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Music: Newspaper Articles (Reviews)

Starting points for research in music
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Current Newspapers

Use newspapers to find performance reviews and keep on top of current trends in the music world. Some of the major newspapers provided by UCI LIbraries are:

New York Times, 1980-present *

Los Angeles Times, 1985-present *

Wall Street Journal, 1984-present *

Washington Post, 1977-present *

Many newspapers are searchable through aggregated databases: * contains full runs and portions of newspapers (primarily from USA) from the early 1700's to the early 2000's. Excellent resource for smaller regional and local titles.

Ethnic NewsWatch * contains articles from non-mainstream press, generally those published by ethnic minority groups in America.

Nexis Uni * can be used to search for both journal and newspaper articles. To only search for newspaper articles (including reviews and obituaries) use the "Search the News" tab.

NewsBank * provides almost 3000 different newspapers from around the world. Particularly helpful if looking for international reviews.

International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) * provides both journal and trade magazine articles. The search interface allows for limiting by document type so you can quickly locate reviews. Generally better for locating book and CD reviews than live performance reviews.

Many more newspaper resources can also be found at the News & Newspapers Research Guide.

Historical Newspapers

Historical newspapers can be an important source of information, particularly if dealing with historiographical research. 

(London) Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985 *

ProQuest Historical Newspapers * provides coverage of 7 major historical American newspapers: New York Times (1851-2008), Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945),  Chicago Defender (1910-1975), Chicago Tribune (1849-1987), Christian Science Monitor (1908-1998), Wall Street Journal (1889-1995), Washington Post (1877-1996). Each newspaper can be searched separately or as a group.

Many more historical newspaper resources can also be found at the News & Newspapers Historical Research Guide.


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