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Music Periodical Indexes

Music Index. Indexing and abstracts from more than 600 journals, selective coverage for more than 200 journals, dating back to 1970.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text. More than 240 full-text journals spanning 50 countries and 40 languages from the early 20th century onwards; updated monthly.

Music Periodicals Database (Formerly International Index to Music Periodicals). Indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals from many countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals, some as early as 1874.

RIPM - With Full TextIndexes more than 290 music periodicals, including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and full text for nearly 200 rare primary source journals. New titles every six months.

RIPM Jazz Periodicals (trial subscription until May 31, 2020). An essential, unique collection of American Jazz Periodicals of great importance to any lover of jazz and its history, and a primary source reference and research tool.

Music Magazine ArchiveA series of digital collections focused on a number of popular music genres.

Rock's BackpagesInterviews, feature articles, reviews on pop music of many genres, 1950s to the present.


Multidisciplinary Periodical Indexes

JSTORFull-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 (find 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 offers indexes and abstracts of periodicals 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 articles, books, and dissertations on all aspects of theater and performance. Includes full content of the 14-volume print International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance.
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.

  • 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.

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

  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. Concerts by one of the world's premiere ensembles.

  • Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall. Concerts by one of the world's premiere ensembles.

  • 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.

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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