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Resources for My Subject

Music: Researching a Topic

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.


Search for the journal by title or explore via articles and journals. 


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. 

Finding sound and video recordings

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.

The Pendlebury Library subscribes to Naxos Music Library, which works on Raven and accommodates up to 5 simultaneous users.  The library also subscribes to Naxos Video Library. This subscription accommodates up to 3 simultaneous users. Currently we can't offer Raven access. For off site access, please contact and we will provide you with a password. Passwords are for personal use only and will change at the beginning of each academic year.  

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall provides access for 3 simultaneous users. 


We can also recommend exploring the libguide for audiovisual materials. 

E-resources help

The Libguide  for eresources and ejournals includes useful news and links as well as a contact and help section.  Please also feel free to get in touch with your subject specialist librarian.