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Starting points for research in music

Essential Music Resources

Welcome to UCI's Music Research Guide! This guide will help you find and select the best resources for all your music research needs. Navigate the guide using the tabs at the top of this page. Have a question? Ask me!

***Please make sure to check the Accessing Resources page for the most up-to-date information on how to connect to our electronic resources and how to access our physical collections while our physical buildings are closed due to the pandemic.***


Oxford Music Online * contains several important resources including New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Use this site to find biographies of composers and performers. Also important for the complete works listings of each composer providing essential information for program notes.



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 1967 are included in this standard database.


Naxos Music Library allows you to listen to almost 115,000 streaming albums. Many different record labels, including the prestigious Sony Classical, reside here. While mainly focused on Western art music, a decent selection of world music can be found here as well.



WATCH * has thousands of recorded concerts, operas, music documenatries, and masterclasses from all over the world. Of particular interest are the regularly changing recorded concerts from prestigious festivals and competitions.



VPN If you're researching off campus then you will need to login to the UCI VPN for authentication through the campus network. There are three different methods: Software, Web, and Mobile. Software takes a little more time to setup the first time, but it works with all resources. Web is known to not work well with many of the streaming media resources.

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