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Music Periodical Indexes

Music Index - Articles on popular and classical music in more than 800 music periodicals of many countries, c. 1970 to the present.
 
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - A scholarly music bibliography, c. 1967 to the present.
 
Music Periodicals Database (Formerly International Index to Music Periodicals) - Indexing and abstracts for several hundred music periodicals from 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals.
 
RIPM: Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals - International annotated bibliography on music history and culture, found in music periodicals between 1800 and 1950.
 
Rock's Backpages - Interviews, feature articles, reviews on pop music of many genres, 1950s to the present. 

 

Multidisciplinary Periodical Indexes

JSTOR - Full-text articles on the arts and humanities, including important music and dance journals
 
Web of Science Citation Index. Covers several major music and dance journals. Offers cited reference searching, allowing researchers to locate articles that cite a work or works by a particular author.

Dance Periodical Indexes
 
Performing Arts Periodicals Database.  Indexes several dozen dance periodicals from the 1970s to the present and also offers indexes and abstracts of periodicals dating back to 1864. The full texts of recent issues of some dance journals are searchable through this database. 
 
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance. Includes full text for more than 100 journals, and citations, often with abstracts. Indexes journal articles, books, and dissertations on all aspects of theater and performance.
 
New York Public Library Catalog. Includes dance periodical indexing from the late 19th century to 2001. (Do a keyword search, and then choose BOOK/TEXT in the left column.)
 

Library catalogs typically list books, recordings, scores, journal titles, microforms, electronic resources — everything but articles. To find articles, search printed indexes and online article databases. Scroll down for tips on searching.


Tips on Searching Catalogs

You can search by KEYWORDS, but you may get more satisfactory results by AUTHOR, SUBJECT, or TITLE searching:

  • By dancer or company or choreographer (AUTHOR search). Examples: Baryshnikov, Mikhail or Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater or Tharp, Twyla
  • By "unique" title (TITLE or KEYWORD search). Examples: West Side Story or Billy the Kid (not generic titles like Symphony no. 1 or Concerto in D)
  • By dance type/form (SUBJECT search). Examples: ballets or tangos 
  • By instrumentation (SUBJECT or KEYWORD search), Example: flute and guitar music
  • By performers (AUTHOR search). Examples: Cleveland Orchestra or Nureyev, Rudolf

You can narrow the results of your search to sound recordings, videos, or books, etc., by first performing an AUTHOR, TITLE, SUBJECT, or KEYWORD search, and then choosing the LIMIT /SORT or MODIFY SEARCH option and selecting MATERIAL TYPE, then MUSIC RECORD (for recordings) or SERIAL/JOURNAL (for magazines) or BOOK, and then clicking FIND or SUBMIT.

For music/dance students:

Search by name of PROFESSOR or TA

Search by COURSE NAME

For music/dance faculty:

To place items on reserve for your course, phone or email Jarod Ogier, at 292-8498 or ogier.5@osu.edu. Please allow two days' processing time, particularly at the start of a term.

Please note that we have a large collection of miniature (study) scores in multiple copies. We have six to eight copies of most items, and at least three of each, and sometimes as many as twenty, depending on the work. They circulate to individual members of a class as well as to teachers.

 

  • Met Opera on Demand. More than 550 full-length Met performances, in addition to telecasts from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and hundreds of historic radio broadcasts back to 1935.

  • Dance in Video. Two volumes. Contains dance productions and documentaries by the most influential performers and companies of the 20th century. Selections cover ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance, as well as forerunners of the forms and the pioneers of modern concert dance.

  • Medici.tv. A collection of c.1600 classical music videos: concerts, operas, ballets, archives, documentaries, artist profiles, educational programs.

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance. Jacob's Pillow is a dance center and school in Becket, Massachusetts. It is the oldest internationally acclaimed summer dance festival in the United States.

  • Films on Demand. More than 20,000 titles and roughly half a million video segments.

  • Kanopy. More than 26,000 documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases across diverse subjects and disciplines, including music and dance. Titles from the DEFA Film Library, ArtMattan Films, HBO, Frameline, Ruscico, Pragda, the BBC, Flicker Alley, National Film Board of Canada, First Run Features, Cinema Libre Studio, New Day Films, and the Criterion Collection/Janus Films.

  • On the Boards. On the Boards theater is located in Seattle, Washington. Founded by artists in 1978, On the Boards introduces audiences to artistic innovators who are defining the future of dance, theater, and music on stage in Seattle and on the global screen.

  • Classical Music in Video. More than 1,500 performances by leading orchestras, chamber music and vocal ensembles, and solo artists, together with masterclasses and interviews.

  • Opera in Video. More than 500 hours of opera performances, including staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

  • Ethnographic Video Online. Three volumes. A comprehensive online resource for the study of human culture, behavior and society around the world. The collections contain over 1,300 hours of streaming video, including ethnographic films, documentaries, select feature films, and previously unpublished fieldwork.

Frequently used reference resources for music or dance. For general dictionaries, almanacs, an Internet index, the New York Times Newsroom Navigator, the Chicago manual of style, and more, click General Reference.

Our public areas are open 24/7. During term breaks, our service desk and reserves are available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Autumn and Spring Semesters

  • Sunday: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Monday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • CLOSED Home Football Saturdays

Summer Term

  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Weekdays 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. by appointment

175 West 18th Avenue, Second Floor · Columbus, OH 43210

614-292-2319  

Music/Dance faculty and staff are always ready to help you. Ask us!

Alan Green (Head, Music/Dance Library) 614-292-2319 green.200 @osu.edu 

Sean Ferguson 614-688-0127 ferguson.36@osu.edu 

Jarod Ogier 614-292-8498 ogier.5@osu.edu 

Michael Murray 614-688-0163 murray.348@osu.edu

Gretchen Atkinson 614-292-2319 atkinson.6@osu.edu 

Vicki Underwood 614-292-2319 underwood.3@osu.edu

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Music/Dance Librarian

Alan Green
Contact:
210 Eighteenth Avenue Library
175 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2319
Subjects:Dance, Music

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