Literature searches

Presentation slides: Finding the literature

Recommended music databases

  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music Entries cover all genres and periods of popular music from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.
  • Oxford Music Online (Grove) Charts the history, theory and cultures of music.
  • JSTOR Music content on JSTOR is strong in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, and music education, key titles include Musical TimesMusic EducatorsMusic & Letters, and Popular Music.

  • Project Muse  Covers creative arts and humanities including music and cultural studies.

  • Taylor and Francis Online Research across the study of Music, as well as research into the broader area of the Creative Media and the Arts.  General journals such as Music Education Research and the Journal of Musicological Research, as well as more specific journals such as Jazz Perspectives, along with new research such as The Female Voice in the Twentieth CenturyNew Music and the Crises of Materiality, and Music: A Social Experience.

  • Classical Scores Library: volume 1

  • Classical Scores Library: volume 2

Open Access collections
Music archives and collections


Sometimes subject specific information is trickier to reference. Additional advice for liner notes and performance are below.

APA 7 Tricky References for Creative Arts

From the APA 7 official blog:

How to cite a single song or track

Google Scholar

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