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Music research online: essential tools to explore Western art music: Find relevant articles

Sources to help you construct an outline for research into a historical periods, genres, composers, instruments, and theoretical topics

These article databases will bring up full text results

tall stack of magazinesArticle databases are commercial products and may look different from one another, but all have the following in common.

You can

  • choose full text when available
  • narrow results to "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed"
  • read the abstract to determine if the article is what you want
  • limit by language
  • follow subject links in the records to guide your exploration


Articles that appear as citations only (no full text link) can be requested through Interlibrary Borrowing.