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Use these recommended databases to find online music or journal articles on contemporary music, music history or cultural studies. If you need additional help, contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts, at 778-782-3681 or

Top Resources

  1. Comprehensive reference source on all aspects of music.
  2. Index to reviews and journal articles on all aspects of music.
  3. Index to articles on all aspects of musical activity in Canada.
  4. Naxos Music Library [NML] is the world's largest online classical music library.
  5. High quality online access to classical and contemporary recordings. Includes tens of thousands of licensed recordings.
  6. DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) provides high-quality streaming access to recordings by New World Records, CRI and other important labels. Includes folk, opera, jazz, musical theatre, contemporary and electronic music.
  7. Online access to the world's musical and aural traditions. Includes archival audio collections of the legendary Folkways Records, Cook, Dyer-Bennet, Fast Folk, Monitor, Paredon and other labels.
  8. Classical music scores and manuscripts. Many pieces have associated audio tracks in Classical Music Library.
  9. A catalogue of all sound tracks on the sound effects CDs produced by Sound Ideas.

Other Resources

  1. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
  2. Searchable, archival collection of core academic articles, books, and primary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
  3. Multidisciplinary index to journals for the performing arts (drama, theater, dance, film, television).
  4. Humanities and social science ebooks and journals.
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