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MUSC: Research in Music: Find Articles & More


Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Scholarly articles

When searching RILM, you can use Major Topics to search for articles in broad areas of music research. Combining a Major Topic with a keyword helps you refine your results more efficiently. Examples of Major Topics include:

  • 24 Renaissance music
  • 39.21 Popular music of North Africa
  • 54 Performance practice in the 20th & 21st centuries
  • 64 Form and genre analysis
  • 97 Music and Islam

Look up the Major Topics associated with your research question on RILM's Classification System website.

Articles in RILM are also tagged with Subjects, which tell you more specifically what an article is about. You can also search by Subject to find more articles on that narrower topic. The following example shows how Major Topics and Subjects work together to classify an article:

RILM article record with major topics and subject highlighted

Need help searching JSTOR? Check out this interactive tutorial to get you started.

Books and ebooks

Use the library catalog to find books and ebooks on your topic by selecting the appropriate Material Types for the resource you are looking for:

Material type filter with Ebook selected

Composer biographies are in the ML410 class, roughly alphabetized by composer last name if you'd like to browse the shelves. You can quickly look up the biographies we have of a composer by searching Composers -- Biography as a Subject along with the last name of your composer as a keyword. Here's an example of one biography we have:

Catalog record for Chopin biography by Jim Sampson

For more help, check out this guide to finding books in the catalog.

Newspapers and magazines

Reference sources

Via MusRef (an online project from BYU compiling music reference resources), these links explain "the most common types of sources encountered in music reference. Each essay briefly describes the reference source’s general purposes, common features and characteristics, and concludes with a list of selected examples."

  1. Bio-Bibliographies and Composer Resource Manuals
  2. Discographies
  3. Thematic Catalogues

You can use MusRef to help you identify bio-bibliographies, discographies, thematic catalogs, and other research resources for your topic.

Off campus access

You can access virtually all library databases, e-journals, and e-books from home or anywhere off-campus.
Just start your search from the USU library website, Canvas, or a library research guide and you'll be prompted for your A# and password to authenticate.

What if we don't own it?

Did you find something you need that we don't own? You can request it from another library, whether it's an article scan or a book.
Just login to your inter-library services (ILLiad) account with your A# and password to make your request.