Getting Started With Your Research
Find definitions, background and biographical information in these resources:
Oxford Music Online - Electronic access to the major music encyclopedias and dictionaries, including Grove Music Online.
Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Entries on all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day.
Gale Virtual Reference Library - Database of general (non-music) encyclopedias that provides contextual information on periods and movements.
Finding Articles on Music
Music Index - Articles from hundreds of international music periodicals. Includes book reviews, recording and performance reviews.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - Broad international coverage indexing journals, books, dissertations, conference proceedings, Festschriften, and more.
RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950) - Extensive coverage of historic music periodical literature. Search together with RILM to access over two hundred years of music serials.
International Index to the Performing Arts - Articles from scholarly and popular press on dance, film, television, theater, and opera.
JSTOR - Full-text access to over 1,500 journals, of which 94 are in music.
Finding Music Scores, CDs, and DVDs
Go to Music Search in the Library Catalog where you can more easily restrict by format. Enter the name of a performer, band, or composer, and/or a work title, and click Go!
Special Collections in Music at UT
The musical holdings in the Fine Arts Library's special collections include 19th and early 20th century piano vocal, piano pedagogy, and choral sheet music. Access is by appointment.
The Historical Music Recordings Collection contains over 200,000 items on nearly all formats, including LPs, 45s, 78s, lacquer discs, broadcast transcription discs, audio cassettes, piano rolls, and open reel tape. The audio cassettes, 10- and 12-inch LPs (call numbers start with PHNDISC or HMRCLP), and 45s can be requested by filling out a request slip at the Fine Arts Library circulation desk. Access to the other formats is by appointment.
For more information on the special collections in music at UT, please see this guide to the Music Collections at The University of Texas at Austin.