Jones Music Library

Jones Music Library
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Online Resources

Listed below are a few major reference sources for music available to faculty and students.  The first three sections are paid resources to which the BW libraries subscribe. The fourth section (Other music sites) lists freely available resources, over which we have no control. For a more comprehensive listing of databases available to BW students and faculty, please see

The links to resources now work both on and off campus. If you are off campus, you will be asked to login with your name and your barcode.  Your barcode should be your campus ID (a seven-digit number).  If you have trouble with this, please contact the staff at Ritter or Jones Library.

Streaming audio services


An online audio service consisting of the catalogs of New World Records, Composers Recordings Inc., and several other labels. An excellent source for, among other things, American music and contemporary music.

Naxos Music Library 

An online audio service featuring over 500,000 tracks of streaming audio.  Mostly classical, some world music and jazz.

Music reference

Grove Music Online

Grove is the premier English-language encyclopedia of music. It includes signed articles, works lists, and bibliographies on 20,000 composers, locations, periods, instruments, terms, and other subjects.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature - Off-Campus Link

An attempt to index all significant music literature in the years covered (1969 to the present), RILM provides a citation and usually an abstract for thousands of books, articles, dissertations, and other writings.

Music Index Online 

A subject-author guide to music periodical literature. Covering over 700 periodicals in all styles and genres of music, the Music Index cites book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry.

Music Online Reference

A suite of four databases comprising the Garland Encyclopedia, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, other reference books, and a library of classical scores.

IPA Source

A service that provides translations and phonetic (IPA) transcriptions of thousands of songs and arias.

Non-music reference (see also

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete - Off-Campus Link

A very large, multi-disciplinary periodical index with lots of full text available. Valuable for music research, particularly because of its currency, which is much better than either Music Index or RILM Abstracts.

Dissertation Abstracts (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses)

Provides indexing and abstracting for over two million dissertations and theses. Most of the documents can be ordered from ProQuest, and many include a free 24-page preview.


An enormous database of library holdings in all formats from around the world. Very helpful for locating items that are not in OhioLINK. 

Other (free) music sites

Rhinegold Digital Editions 

Rhinegold provides free access for students and faculty members of music schools, universities and libraries to the digital editions of Choir & Organ, Early Music Today, International Piano and Opera Now.  Registration is required using the following access code: BWCM12.

ASCAP Song Database

BMI Song Search

Center for History of Music Theory and Literature

Cleveland Orchestra Program Notes Index

The Lied and Art Songs Texts Page

Music Dictionary Online (Dolmetsch Online)

Music History & Theory Online (Dolmetsch Online)

MusRef: a Guide to More than 7500 Print and Internet Resources

Opera & Oratorio Premiere Database

Song Index at the University of Tennessee

Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology Songfinders


University of Iowa Piano Pedagogy Project

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