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Starting points for research in music

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Music Research Articles



Interdisciplinary Databases

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.

Selected Major Music Journals Online from UCI Libraries

Want to stay on top of all of the newest literature in the Music field? Create a free Browzine account and accomplish it in a snap! It easily allows you to browse journals available through UCI Libraries by subject, put them on your own personal bookshelves, and also be notified when new issues come out. Some of the journals available through this resource are below:

Asian Music

Cover of Asian Music


Cover of Circuit

Computer Music Journal

Cover of Computer Music Journal

Contemporary Music Review

Cover of Contemporary Music Review

Jazz Perspectives

Cover of Jazz Perspectives

Jazz Research Journal

Cover of Jazz Research Journal

Journal of Musicology

Cover of Journal of Musicology

Journal of Music, Technology,
and Education

Cover of Journal of Music, Technology and Education

Journal of New Music Research

Cover of Journal of New Music Research

Journal of Popular Music Studies

Cover of Journal of Popular Music Studies

Journal of the American
Musicological Society

Cover of Journal of the American Musicological Society

Journal of the Society for
American Music

Cover of Journal of the Society for American Music

Latin American Music Review

Cover of Latin American Music Review

Music Review

Cover of Nineteenth-Century Music Review

Twentieth-Century Music

Cover of Twentieth-century music

Women and Music: A Journal of
Gender and Culture

Cover of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture

Cambridge Opera Journal

Cover of Cambridge Opera Journal

Performance Practice Review

Cover of Performance Practice Review


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.