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General guide to print and online resources for music studies

About the Performing Arts Library


The Blanche and Irving Laurie Performing Arts Library is located in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on Douglass Campus. It is a comprehensive research facility for music, housing books, periodicals, scores, microfilm, and sound recordings. Current holdings include 47,264 scores and 51,006 books about music and music instruction. In addition to the databases discussed below, the libraries maintain access to hundreds of current and archived periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers) in print and online, which can be found using the libraries' website (



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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Music Indexes & Other Databases

A Directory of Digital Scholarship in Music (aka Music DH 2021)

The Directory of Digital Scholarship in Music  is an open-source bibliography of specialized digital resources and born-digital scholarship in music. Here you may tour the world of digital humanities in music, loosely interpreted. The entries in this directory were compiled over a period of three years: 2018-2021.


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ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News - Music

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