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Indexes to Journals and Books:

International Index to Music Periodicals (ProQuest) Remote access available
Covers nearly all aspects of the world of music, from the most scholarly studies to the latest crazes. IIMP draws its current content from more than 375 international music periodicals from over 20 countries, and also indexes feature music articles and obituaries appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (ProQuest) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Provides the full text of seventeen primary-source US and UK trade magazines and fan magazines from the years 1880-2000 that cover the history of the film, music, radio, theater, television, and other entertainment industries such as vaudeville, music halls, and circuses. Includes: industry news - gossip columns - reviews and criticism - pop charts and statistics - interviews with major figures - development of new technologies - illustrations, photographs, and advertisements - and comprehensive information on specific films, plays, theaters, actors, directors, TV series, film studios, musicians, genres, record labels, subcultures, and youth movements. Titles include Stage (1880-2000), Variety (1905-2000), Billboard (1894-2000), Back Stage (1960-2000), Melody Maker (1926-2000), Broadcasting & Cable (1933-2000), and more.

LIUCat on the Web: Remote access available
The online public access catalog of Long Island University's six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.


Online Audio, Video, and Scores:

Naxos Music Library (Naxos) Remote access available Full text available
Provides access to over 90,000 music files from more than 6,200 CDs with almost 7,000 composers represented. Includes practically all standard repertoire, a wide range of rare repertoire, jazz, world music, and more from the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues, with titles from the leading independent labels being continually added. Most recordings come with scholarly notes that have been written by respected musicologists. Additional text content includes the lives and works of the greatest composers; history and explanations of classical music and instruments; history, explanations, synopses, and libretti of operas; glossaries, and pronunciation guide. Music can be searched by genre, composer, country, title, period, year of composition, instrument, music category, name of artist/performing group, or a combination of these criteria. Faculty can create and edit playlists that can be made available to students.

Classical Music in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Contains performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.

Dance in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available
Contains hundreds of 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. Included are classic performances from top ballet companies; experimental works from up-and-coming dance troupes; documentaries by and about leading choreographers; videos on dance training; and other items covering a wide range of 20th century dance styles.

IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library (Project Petrucci) Remote access available Full text available
The International Music Score Library Project, formed by a merger of the Petrucci Music Library and the International Music Database Project, provides access to over 17,000 music scores from both the public domain classical repertoire and from contemporary composers who wish to release their music to the public free of charge. It also encourages the exchange of musical ideas through online forums and discussion pages for each piece.

Opera in Video (Alexander Street Press) Remote access available Full text available NEW!
Staged productions, interviews, and documentaries - representing the world's best performers, conductors, and opera houses - cover the full range of operatic composition from the Baroque to the 20th century to present an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances worldwide allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors. Faculty can create annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.


Online Encyclopedias and Books:

Oxford Music Online (Oxford) Remote access available Full text available
Formerly Grove Music Online, this contains the full text of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (29 volumes), the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion to Music. Over 29,000 articles cover all aspects of music including new schools of thought within musicology, such as feminism, nazism, and gay and lesbian music, as well as increased coverage of world, jazz, popular, and 20th-century music. Also has over 3000 links to related websites, including sound archives and illustrations.

Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Popular Musicians Since 1990 (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Includes more than 550 entries focusing on artists active from 1990-2003. Individual artists and groups in all popular styles are covered, including rock, rhythm & blues, rap, country, electronica, jazz, vocal, and crossover classical. Includes select discographies, bibliographies, a glossary of music terms, a table of best-selling music since 1990, and more.

Harlem Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents in sidebars throughout.


Also of Interest:

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater, and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters, and other prominent figures in the field.

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group) Remote access available Full text available
Covers the culture of mass appeal - all the experiences in life shared by a people in common as well as those things created for the majority to be easily understandable and accessible (often disseminated by the mass media) to them. Includes: social life, music, print, film, television, radio, sports, art, performance, food, fashion, holidays, hairstyles, and more, emphasizing American popular culture in the second half of the 20th century. Each entry analyzes the topic and its significance within the broader cultural context.


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