Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Finding journal articles and music literature
Use abstract and indexing databases to carry out a general subject search. For music we specifically recommend RILM, RIPM, Music Index and Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums. Music is also covered in databases such as Periodicals Index online and Web of Science.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Published by the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines in 202 languages, including original language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; author, journal, and subject indexes.
RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text
Accessed through the RIPM Retrospective Index, the Archive is the only extensive collection available online for music periodicals dating from the Early Romantic to the Modern Period. The Archive contains 114 rare journals selected by international specialists, offers an almost daily chronicle of musical activities, and immense possibilities for original research. RIPM Online Archive is a full-text version of journals indexed in RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals. It is updated with new titles every six months.
The Music Index Online provides citations to articles, book and record reviews, first performances, and obituaries from over 690 international music periodicals covering a wide range of historical, musicological, and ethnomusicological topics.
Bibliographie des Musikschriftums
BMS provides bibliographic data from 1950 to the present. It includes monographs, articles and reviews from journals, Festschriften, congress proceedings, yearbooks, anthologies and essays from critical reports. Main sources for the BMS editorial staff are national bibliographies, journals, monographs and subject bibliographies. Furthermore, contributions from journals with an interdiscplinary view on music are considered for inclusion.
Periodicals Index Online
An index to the contents of thousands of journals in the humanities and social sciences, from the 18th century to the present. When complete it is expected to contain records of approximately 23 million journal articles from 7,900 journals. Periodicals Index Online covers journals from North America, the United Kingdom and the rest of the English-speaking world and journals in other European languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Periodicals Index Online includes the complete table of contents for each issue of each journal. Bibliographic records are also included for the journals themselves and every journal is indexed under one or more of 37 subject headings eg: Economics, History, Law, Literature, Political Science and Religion.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (incl. in Web of Science Core Collection)
Fully indexes over 1,700 arts and humanities journals, as well as selected items over 250 scientific and social sciences journals — from 1975 to present.
Research Data Management and Issues
Finding notated music
Cambridge collections contain both manuscript and printed music. Not all are available on the online catalogues and you will find some useful tips here:
Looking further afield we strongly recommend exploring RISM, the worlds largest database of musical sources. Many Cambridge holdings are included.
Digital Sheet Music Library
Finding sound and video resources
When searching for sound and video recordings in iDiscover our advice is to either use advanced search and set material type to Audio Visual, or do a simple search and subsequently use (and lock) the filters.
In addition to our physical collections a range of online subscriptions is available. These can be found on A-Z eresources. Recommended resources include:
Operavision offers selected live streams and on demand subtitled performances from participating European opera houses.
We can also recommend exploring the libguide for audiovisual materials.