Music Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on music

Recommended (General)

Music Online - includes_The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians_ with a regular program of revisions and new articles. Grove Music Online has grown to include The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Others to consider:

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - multidisciplinary coverage of journals, many with full text available

Academic OneFile - interdisciplinary coverage of journals, many with full text available

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - extensive retrospective coverage of scholarly journals in a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, many with full-text available. Note: there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

Project Muse- Provides full-text of journals from numerous scholarly publishers, primarily in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Recommended (Music Technology)

ACM journals

Library has access to various publications/date ranges, mostly through Academic One File (Gale) and EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier

Check to see if we have full-text access to individual journal titles though the library's List of Journal Titles

Computer Music Journal Full text available at: EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier Available from 1997 Most recent 1 year(s) not available (this is typical of many online database subscriptions)

Organized Sound

partial access through Cambridge website

Music Perception

Have access from 1983-2015 only through JSTOR at

For full text of current issue and abstracts of recent issues

Springer Online

SpringerLink Journals [Scientific Journals]

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Only have access in print to full text up to No. 1, 2000

for current full-text content

Perspectives of New Music

For recent issues can view table of contents at and then use ILL

OneSearch - Articles

How to read a scholarly article

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Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

OneSearch CSUMB Library's all-in-one search platform. Search many different ways via one interface. Find books, articles, media, course reserves, and more. Plus, easily search for books from all CSU libraries!

Check here for a partial list of books and videos on:

Contemporary Music





Vocal Music

Recording Technology

Sound -- Recording and Reproducing

Music Philosophy and Aesthetics

Theory & Composition

Music Business

Or browse the library shelves for relevant books

Call numbers and corresponding subject collections:

M = Music

ML = Literature on Music

MT = Music Instruction and Study

TK 7881 = audio engineering

Books at other libraries

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above

Search music encyclopedias


Websites on music and its sub-disciplines

Recording technology:

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) - "A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound."

Audio Engineering Society - The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Website includes events, AES publications, job board, student competition opportunities and more.

Electronic Musician - an online recording magazine that covers all aspects of music production—performance, recording and technology, from studio to stage.

Google Patents - Enables users to search through various patents related to music technology

Producers & Engineers Wing (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) - "the Producers & Engineers Wing is comprised of more than 5,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related music recording industry professionals."

Recorded Sound Reference Center (Library of Congress American Memories Collection) - "the Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to the commercial and archival audio holdings of the Library of Congress...The collection dates from 1926 when Victor Records donated over 400 discs to the Library's Music Division to supplement its print and manuscript holdings... the collection has grown to include over 2 million items encompassing audio formats from cylinders to CDs." (from website

Contemporary music:

Library of Congress: Music of the Americas

Center for Popular Music (Middle Tennessee State University)

The Hip Hop LibGuide (Lincoln University Missouri)

Vocal music:

Vocal - resources for singers

Your Accompanist Singer's Resources - free MP3 files of scales and warmups


Guitar World - website for Guitar World magazine offers broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s instructional lessons.

The Museum of Musical Instruments - This site focuses on virtual collections of guitars , mandolins, and musicians of the last two centuries, with photographs, audio files, and beautiful exhibits

Theory and composition:

Good Ear - A simple ear training tool. Contains aural exercises on identifying intervals, chords, scales and cadences

Introduction to Reading Music - Learn about notes, clefs, rests, counting, time signatures, and more through these short, easy-to-follow lessons

Musicards - A collection of highly-customizable online music theory flash cards. These music flashcards can be used by beginning music students who are becoming acquainted with key music rudiments, as well as those who wish to fill in gaps or increase fluency with existing knowledge

Music History and History Online - Created by the Dolmetsch Foundation. A series of short, basic lessons covering music theory A collection of music theory tutorials

Teoria-Music Theory Web - An excellent resource created Jose Rodriguez Alvira, Professor at the Conservatory of Music, Puerto Rico for his courses. Contains tutorials, exercises and helpful reference material, as well as articles about music and analysis

Music business/industry:

AFM - American Federation of Musicians is "the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators."

ASCAP - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works.

BMI - BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S.

California Lawyers for the Arts - Non-profit bar association providing artists and arts organizations with access to legal and business information, offering a referral service

SESAC - SESAC, Inc is a performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London. SESAC represents songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public

Online scores and sheet music

Classical Music (search by composer or title of composition)

Musopen - A non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. Provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. View their sheet music.

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project) - A project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores based on the wiki principle. Users can exchange musical ideas through the site, submit their own compositions, or listen to other people's composition.

American music:

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music - Contains more than 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright thanks to the Library of Congress. It includes popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books, instructional materials and music for bands and orchestra

Jazz: Free Jazz Sheet Music - Contains Sheet music, lessons, chord charts and resources for Jazz - Provides free sheet music in several genres with matching play along sound files. Includes Jazz and Blues

Choral music:

Choral Public Library- Free choral sheet music searchable by composer, musical period or genre

Popular Music (search by composer or song)

Shazamio's Music - Available both here on Shazamio's website and YouTube channel is printable sheet music of current popular songs in PDF format

MuseScore - Has a section that is dedicated for arranging popular songs of the 20th and 21st century on brass, woodwind, and keyboard instruments - Has online piano tutorials. Big collection of free piano lessons. The site includes free piano sheet music and notes, piano chords table, lyrics and hundreds of piano songs. Has classical sheet music as well

Miscellaneous: - Free sheet music, Categories include Classical, Pop & Rock, Jazz, Film & TV, World, Wedding, Christmas, Traditional, Funeral, Children's Christmas and New Music - Provides free sheet music in several genres with matching play along sound files. Includes Classical, Traditional, Jazz, Blues and Exercises

Scorser - A search engine created for musicians to search through hundreds of web sites for scores, sheet music, tags, back tracks, audio files, lyrics and more. The site is created in Russia, so it may not contain access to music protected by copyright law in the United States

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