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A Road Map to Music Research: Two: Broaden your horizons...

...with music journal indexes.

  • A great second step because journal articles contain the most cutting-edge research in a subject area.
  • Use the vocabulary terms you learned during your exploration of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and bio-bibliographies.
  • Journal indexes are electronic only, and come in several flavors: 1) with citations only, 2) with abstracts, 3) with full-text articles.  See below for links to the various types, as well as how to locate an article in print when there is no full-text version.

Links to journal article indexes

JSTOR - indexes a limited number of music journals, but those included are research staples and complete full-text coverage is provided.

Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP) - indexes many music journals with a mixture of citation-only, citation/abstract-only, and full-text offerings.

Music Index - indexes many music journals with a mixture of citation-only, citation/abstract-only, and full-text offerings.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - also includes materials like dissertations and festschriften; citation and abstract offered for all listings.

No full-text version of the article you need?

Just follow these steps when the perfect article is not available in full-text.  We may just have the print version!

  • Access the Library Catalog.
  • Click on the "All Fields" dropdown box.
  • Choose "Journal Title" from the options provided.
  • Enter the title of the journal you seek into the "Search" box, and click the "Search" button.
  • Choose the correct journal from the hit list by clicking on the appropriate hypertext title.
  • Compare the volume number for the article you seek with the list of volume numbers in the "Holdings" portion of the catalog record.
  • Make note of both the call number and volume number for the item you need.
  • Take the note to the music library circulation desk and someone will get the item for you.

Head Music Librarian

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David Hursh
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Fletcher Music Center
252-328-1239