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We have CDs, videos, streaming media, vinyl, articles, scores, books. Trouble finding something? Visit the Music & Dance service desk on the second floor of the 18th Avenue Library and ask us! We're happy to help you.

18th Av. Library – Music & Dance: 2nd Floor

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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 with Full Text. A comprehensive music bibliography, early 20th-century to the present.

Music Periodicals Database - Indexing and abstracts for several hundred music periodicals from 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals.

RIPM – With Full Text - An international annotated database indexing c.270 music periodicals, including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, and advertisements.
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


For music/dance faculty:

To place items on reserve for your course, phone or email Jarod Ogier, at 292-8498 or 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.


Our public areas are open 24/7. During Summer Term, our service desk and reserves are available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During term breaks, our service desk and reserves are available Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and by appointment, 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: CLOSED


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


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

Alan Green (Head, Music & Dance Library) 614-292-2319 green.200 

Sean Ferguson 614-688-0127 

Jarod Ogier 614-292-8498 

Michael Murray 614-292-2319

Gretchen Atkinson 614-292-2319 

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Music & Dance Librarian

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Alan Green
210 Eighteenth Avenue Library
175 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Subjects:Dance, Music