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Encyclopedias and Reference

Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove Music) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. Also includes The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music. The 29 volumes of the text edition are available in the library's reference collection under Ref. ML100.N48 2001. Oxford Music Online also includes the contents of The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Database Guide (PDF)Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+. 

Note: music dictionary

Oxford Reference Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Text of more than 100 Oxford University Press reference works, including Oxford Companions to American Literature, American Theatre, the Bible, British History, Classical Civilization, History of Modern Science, Music, Philosophy, Politics of the World, Shakespeare, United States History, and Western Art.
Note: over 100 reference works


Oxford Journals Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Includes the text of 262 Oxford University Press journals from 1996 to the present.  Use the database's advanced search function to search by author, article titles, or journal or by year.  Although content prior to 1996 may be searched, the Graduate Center has access only to text from 1996 to the present.

Note: 262 journals from 1996 to present

Journal Articles

Arts & Humanities Citation Index Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Part of Web of Science, this database finds bibliographic citations, abstracts, cited references, and the number of times cited for articles from 1,160 international journals in the arts and humanities since 1975 as well as relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journal. Approximately 2,300 new records containing 15,525 new references are added each week. To search only this portion of Web of Science, scroll to bottom of search screen and check only Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Scopus is a similar citation index emphasizing the sciences and social sciences, with some humanities coverage.
Note: cited references since 1975

Multi-Database Search Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available Resource contains images
This resource allows the simultaneous searching of all the full-text and bibliographic databases to which all of CUNY subscribes and all EBSCO databses, as well as the CUNY+ Online Catalog. It does not include the resources to which the Graduate Center subscribes separately. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: Search all CUNY-wide electronic resources simultaneously

Humanities Full Text Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Includes abstracts of articles published in English from 1984 to the present in all fields of the humanities. Includes text from 287 periodicals.
Note: indexes journals since 1984

Humanities International Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled Some full text available
Indexes over 2,100 humanities sources, including journals, books, and reference works, with full text of 890 journals. In addition to articles and reviews, the database provides abstracts of fiction, poetry, photographs, and drawings.
Note: 890 journals

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Over 250,000 citations from more than 300 journals and others sources from 1969 to the present. This database is updated monthly. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: indexes over 300 journals

RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
International bibliography of writings on musical history and culture from periodicals published in seventeen countries between 1800 and 1950. Included are over 5,000 English translations of foreign-language records. The database is the creation of the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, and UNESCO's International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, with contributions from individual scholars, archivists, and librarians in North America and Europe. Coverage of Latin American publications is being planned. Approximately 20,000 records are added annually. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: 1800-1950

RISM: Music Manuscripts after 1600 Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
The database, also known as Repertoire international des sources musicales, aims to document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools, and private collections and is considered the most comprehensive annotated guide to such sources. It includes more than 564,000 items by over 19,500 composers. The manuscripts reside in over 740 libraries and archives in 31 countries. At least 20,000 new records are added each year. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: guide to manuscripts, libretti, etc.


Cambridge Histories Online Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 250 Cambridge University Press reference works published since 1960. In addition to history, these titles cover economics, the history of science, the history of the book, language and linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political and social theory, religion, theatre and performing arts, and warfare.
Note: 250 reference works


Naxos Music Library Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Resource contains audio
Online access to over 85,000 tracks from over 5,500 recordings in classical music, jazz, folk music, and world music. The offerings may be browsed by genre or by such categories as chamber music, composers, film music, opera, etc. or searched using the advanced search screen. Please consult the User Instructions. If prompted for a login, use GCCUNY01 as both user name and password. Also see Searching for Music Scores and Sound Recordings in CUNY+.
Note: 5,500 recordings


WorldCat (FirstSearch) Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only ArticleLinker enabled
Holdings of thousands of American and international libraries. Make ILL requests with the Find it! button. Searchable in English, French, and Spanish. See an online tutorial to the database. See also the freely accessible version of WorldCat. Database Guide (PDF)

Note: holdings of thousands of libraries; make ILL requests through Find it!


CUNY Graduate Center Music Program Unrestricted Resource
Features concentrations in musicology, theory, composition, ethnomusicology, and performance. It is designed to train students in many fields and subfields of musical scholarship.

18th Century Symphony Archive 1720 - 1840 Unrestricted Resource
This project has resulted in the publication of 550 hitherto unavailable symphonic scores in sixty volumes (and a thematic catalogue) by Garland Publishing. The materials from this project form a valuable archive of microfilms and photocopies of some 3,600 original sources (scores and parts), both for those symphonies that were published by Garland and for many others. As such, it is probably the largest archive of 18th-century symphonies in the United States. It is available at the Brook Center for use by scholars of the 18th-century symphony as well as students and conductors for whom its resources are vital. Ruth Halle Rowen's Symphonic and Chamber Music Score and Parts Bank Thematic Catalogue of the Barry S. Brook Facsimile Archive (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon, 1996) serves as a catalogue to the collection.

Barry Brook Center for Music Research Unrestricted Resource
The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Current projects include: R?pertoire International de Litt?rature Musicale (RILM); Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI); Foundation for Iberian Music; Pergolesi Research Center; Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments; French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries; Music in Gotham: The New York Scene; 18th-Century Symphony Archive

Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments Unrestricted Resource
The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments (CSFRI) is devoted to fostering and serving as a resource for scholarly research on all aspects?organology, sociology, repertory, performance practice, etc.?of all free-reed instruments, from the harmonium, so popular in India, and mouth-blown sheng family of Southeast Asia, China, and Japan to the western "art-music" repertories for the English concertina and accordion to the many types of "squeezebox" and harmonica as used in myriad folk traditions.

Musical and musicological Societies and Associations Unrestricted Resource
Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London

Society for Ethnomusicology Unrestricted Resource
Includes events, resources, news, job listings.

Libraries, Archives, and Manuscripts

Medieval Music Database Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
From La Trobe University, this revision of the Medieval Music Database, first mounted on the Internet in 1994 and expanded in 1996 has now further expanded the range of works which can be browsed from 7,800 to 70,000. Its current scope covers all of the music of the fourteenth century and all liturgical chant currently electronically indexed, adding to these links transcriptions with modern music notation (where melodic information is available),original manuscripts where possible and links to the electronic editions themselves.
Note: 70,000 works includes all 14th c.

Munich Digitisation Centre Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) reflects holdings of the Bavarian State Library and others, one of the largest and fastest growing digital collections in Germany including History, Classical Antiquity, Eastern Europe, Musicology - with manuscripts, early prints, modern books, maps and photographic collections, scores, journals and newspapers. The complete digitized Beethoven Werke Collection is of particular interest. Published for the first time in the form of a systematic complete edition in the years 1862 to 1865, a supplementary volume appeared in 1888. The works edition, which is subdivided into 25 series or 309 individual volumes, was published by the publishing house Breitkopf & Härtel and has formed part of the Bavarian State Library's core music collection from its publication.

Center for Black Music Research Unrestricted Resource
Columbia College Chicago's music archive

Morgan Library & Museum Unrestricted Resource
The Morgan has the world's largest collection of Mahler manuscripts and substantial holdings of Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Schubert, and Richard Strauss.

Neue Mozart Ausgabe Unrestricted Resource
Digitized Mozart, from the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and the Packard Humanities Institute

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Unrestricted Resource
In addition to circulating and research collections, archival materials may be searched separately.

Web Sites

Global Performing Arts Database (GloPAD) Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Descriptions of digital images, texts, video clips, sound recordings, and complex media objects related to the performing arts around the world.

Loeb Music Library Links Unrestricted Resource
Preeminent music research collection that includes books, scores, and recordings; a world music archive; the world's largest collection of Turkish and Indian classical music; and extensive Mozart archives. Isham Memorial Library collection contains microfilms and facsimiles of music manuscripts and early printed music.
Note: Harvard's music links

NYPL Sheet Music Links Unrestricted Resource
New York Public Library
Note: NYPL's links to digitization projects