Databases

The following music-related resources represent only a small subset of the databases available at St. Olaf. Please consult the St. Olaf Libraries' Databases page for a complete listing.

For off-campus access to online indexes and databases, consult this guide.



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Academic Search Premier
  Articles on virtually every topic, drawn from scholarly journals, professional journals, trade magazines, news publications, and lifestyle magazines. Provides full-text access to over half of its 8000+ publications. Covers materials published 1975-present.
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Academic Video Online Premium
  With Academic Video Online, Alexander Street Press aims to provide the most comprehensive streaming video resource on the web. Academic Video Online allows users to cross-search all of the video published by Alexander Street Press.
African American Music Reference
  Full-text reference resource on African American music, covering blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other genres. Includes biographies, chronologies, lyrics, sheet music, liner notes, images, and discographies.
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African American Song
  see American Song
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American Song
  Streaming audio of diverse US music, past and present, plus liner notes. Includes a significant collection of African American music.
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Cambridge Companions Online
  The Cambridge Companions are introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. All are collections of specially commissioned essays, and each title is supported by reference features such as a chronology and guide to further reading.
Cambridge Histories Online
  Includes the full-text of over 280 volumes from the Cambridge Histories series. Searchable and browsable by key areas, including American History, British History, Literary Studies, and Religious Studies.
Center for Research Libraries Catalog
  A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries. The collection contains over 5 million items in many languages and subjects, including foreign newspapers, dissertations, and microfilm. Materials may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
Classical Music in Video
  Classical Music in Video contains hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.
Classical Music Library
  Streaming audio of classical music written from the earliest times through the contemporary period.
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Classical Music Reference Library
  Full-text reference resource on all genres of classical music, medieval to contemporary. Includes dictionaries, encyclopedia articles, biographies, histories, and other materials.
Classical Scores Library
  Classical scores and manuscripts, Renaissance to contemporary.
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Contemporary World Music
  Streaming audio of contemporary world music, plus liner notes.
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Dance in Video
  Streaming video of dance performances and documentaries. Includes materials recorded 1955-present.
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Dissertations & Theses
  Doctoral dissertations and masters theses in all academic fields, from universities in the US and Canada. Provides full-text access to most dissertations since 1997 and some earlier. Covers dissertations and theses completed 1861-present.
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Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online
  Dissertations and dissertations-in-progress in musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and related disciplines.
DRAM
  Streaming audio (plus liner notes and cover art) from independent record labels and sound archives. Emphasis on American music in many genres.
Films on Demand
  Streaming video from the Film Media Group's collection. Covers a wide variety of subject areas.
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  Full-text encyclopedia covering music around the world and throughout history. Includes regional overviews, information on musical genres and practices, and images (photographs, drawings, maps, and musical examples).
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Grove Music Online
  now Oxford Music Online
International Bibliography of Theater and Dance
  Initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College, this is a prime research tool for students of theatre and the performing arts.
International Index to Music Periodicals
  Full-text articles from scholarly and popular journals and magazines on music. Covers materials published 1874-present.
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International Index to the Performing Arts
  Full-text articles from scholarly and popular journals and magazines on the performing arts. Covers materials published 1864-present.
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IPA Source
  International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias, art songs, and Latin sacred texts.
Jazz Music Library
  Streaming audio of jazz recordings throughout the twentieth century, plus liner notes.
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JSTOR
  Full-text scholarly journals articles in many disciplines. Dates of coverage vary by title, typically from the journal’s first issue (sometimes in the eighteenth century or earlier) through about five years ago.
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Met Opera on Demand
  More than 450 streaming Met performances including dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1936.
Music Index
  Magazine and journal articles, book reviews, performance reviews, news items, obituaries, and other materials on classical and popular music, musicians, and the music industry. Covers materials published 1952-present.
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Small image of a book Print index in the Music Library
(ML118 .M9; 1949-present)
Music Online
  A cross search of all the streaming audio provided by Alexander Street Press.
Naxos Music Library
  Streaming audio of classical music, plus some world music and jazz. Includes brief discussions of the works and biographical information on composers and artists.
Naxos Music Library Jazz
  A collection of streaming jazz recordings. Naxos Music Library Jazz comprises Naxos Jazz and the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz along with Prophone and Proprius.
New York Times (1851 - 2008)
  see Historical Newspapers
Opera in Video
  Streaming video of opera performances, interviews, and documentaries. Covers operas composed from the Baroque to the contemporary periods; includes materials recorded approximately 1933-present.
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Orchestral Music Online
  Full-text reference work on orchestral music. Users can search by composer, title, keyword, duration, instrumentation, chorus type, or soloist.
Oxford Music Online
  Full-text collection of reference works on music across genres and eras.
 

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Small image of a book Print index in the Music Library
(ML100 .N48 2001)
Percussion Orchestrations
  Timpani and percussion requirements for orchestral, operatic, and contemporary works, broken down by movement.
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Proquest Research Library
  Articles on virtually every topic, drawn from scholarly journals, professional journals, trade magazines, news publications, and lifestyle magazines. Includes 5,000 titles - over 3,500 in full text. Covers materials published 1971-present.
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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
  Journal articles, books, catalogues, reviews, electronic resources, and other materials on music across historical periods and cultures. Covers materials published 1967-present.
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Small image of a book Print index in the Music Library
(ML118 .A2; 1967-1998)
Smithsonian Global Sound
  Streaming audio of music, spoken word (including speeches and readings of literary texts), and sounds. Coverage crosses geographic areas and historical periods.
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WorldCat
  Books and other print and multimedia materials in libraries around the world.
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