The University Libraries provide a wide range of electronic resources. This page includes a selection of electronic resources that may be helpful with music research. Complete listing of databases.
To start a database or to connect to a resource, click on the title.
- Library catalog containing information about items owned by the six libraries at the University of Louisville
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
- Grove Music Online (New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
The premier music encyclopedia covering all aspects of music knowledge in over 29,000 articles
- Oxford English Dictionary
English language dictionary including definitions, etymologies, and quotations
- Encyclopedia Americana
Includes 45,000 articles contributed by over 6,500 specialists in their respective disciplines, covering all academic fields and curriculum topics
Please see our electronic journals page for a listing of journals available online.
Online Listening, Viewing & Learning
- American Song
Streamed audio of songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Content from the African American Song database is now a part of this database, too.
- Classical Music Library
Streamed audio of classical music, with a particular focus on contemporary music and women composers.
- Contemporary World Music
Streamed audio of reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
- Database of Recorded American Music
Streamed audio of recordings by American composers and artists including CD quality audio, liner notes and essays from New World Composers, Inc., and other important labels.
- Jazz Music Library
Streamed audio of jazz including thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.
- Naxos Music Library
Streamed audio of classical music; also includes jazz, world, folk, and Chinese music.
- Naxos Music Library Jazz
Streamed audio of jazz music.
- Naxos Video Library
Streamed video of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.
- Smithsonian Global Sound
Streamed audio of world, American folk, blues, jazz, American Indian, old time country, and children's music; also includes spoken word and sounds.
Indexes & Abstracts
- finding citations to articles in journals and other literature
- RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Citations and abstracts to articles and other literature relating to music (more info)
- Music Index
Citations to articles in over 640 international music periodicals
- IIMP (International Index to Music Periodicals)
Indexes more than 375 international music periodicals; includes some abstracts and full-text (list of titles)
- RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals) Online
International coverage of the music periodical literature published from the late 18th- to mid-20th- centuries in Europe and the United States.
- RISM Online
RISM - Series A/II: Music manuscripts after 1600 is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts containing more than 620,000 manuscript records by over 22,500 composers found in over 800 libraries and archives in 32 countries.
- Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
More than 11,400 citations to completed dissertations and new dissertation topics in the fields of musicology, music theory, and ethnomusicology, as well as related musical, scientific, and humanistic disciplines (more info)
Index of articles from nearly 12,500 journals
- IIPA (International Index to the Performing Arts)
Indexes more than 200 international performing arts periodicals; includes some abstracts and full-text (list of titles)
A not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of The Mellon Foundation, provides complete runs of hundreds of important journal titles in more than 30 arts, humanities, and social science disciplines. The full text of these scholarly journals can be browsed online and searched, and the page images can be printed. All journals in JSTOR start with the first volume. Most include content up to a "moving wall" of 3-5 years ago, although some journals have a fixed ending date for their content in JSTOR.
- ERIC via EBSCOhost (some full-text), FirstSearch, AskERIC, ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment
Indexes journals and reports on educations
- EBSCO Academic
Indexing and abstracts for over 3,200 publications; includes some full-text
- ProQuest Direct
Cross-section of general periodicals and several national newspapers; includes some full-text
Contains information and holdings of materials in OCLC libraries world wide.
- Library Catalogs at other Institutions (see also Other Library Catalogs for catalogs in the region and worldwide)