Research

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The University of Toronto Music Library has the resources necessary to help you with your research. Our print and online collections include an incredible selection of books, scores, journals, audio-visual materials, and other reference sources. Ask at the Reference Desk or book a one-on-one consultation with a librarian if you need assistance in finding or using our resources.

Journal articles

The foremost  places to search for music-related journal articles include RILM Abstracts of Music LiteratureRetrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM),  International Index of Music Periodicals, and Music Index Online. For interdisciplinary research, try JSTOR, Summon, and Education Source.

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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The library has many online and print encyclopaedias, dictionaries of musical terms, and foreign language dictionaries. Grove Music Online is a great first stop for music research. Other important sources include the Oxford Bibliographies OnlineGarland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada.

Popular encyclopedias


Dissertations and Theses

Published dissertations and theses are valuable and often underused research resources. Dissertations & Theses Global  is a great place to start your search and it includes writings on a broad spectrum of topics.  Theses Canada also has a great selection of dissertations. For locally produced work, check out Dissertations & Theses @ University of Toronto.

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Other Reference sources

The Music Library has access to many other great resources to assist you with your research. The Index to Printed Music, RISM’s online catalogue of musical sources, the PRIMMUS’s item-level index to the Music manuscript collections of Primary Source Microfilm. Hofmeister XIX (to help you find out where and when music was published in the 19th century), and the Concert Programmes Project Online Database are just a small number of many incredible reference resources available to our users.