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Music Research Tools: Home

About this Guide

It can be hard to remember which tools to use for which task, so the main goal of this site is to help with that. This guide introduces a toolkit of resources for research in music, including encyclopedia and other background information sources, article databases, online and print book resources, online and print score resources, and more.

If you have questions about content on this guide or need help with your music research, please contact your friendly UIowa music librarian, Katie Buehner. She's available to answer questions in consultations (via Zoom or in person) or via email



UI Libraries Search
Books and scores, both online and in print, recordings


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Online Catalog
Library holdings from around the world in a wide variety of formats

OA Ebooks

Google Books 

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Online Books
Over 10 millions digitized books from libraries across the United States


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Online Books
Over 17 million digitized books from libraries across the United States


Grove Music 

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Online Encyclopedia
Read articles about composers, styles, genres, etc.

Popular Music

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Online books and encyclopedias
Popular music books, including the 33 1/3 series

Journal Archives


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Journal Archive
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and some books

Project Muse 

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Journal Archive
Full-text articles from scholarly journals and some books

Online Scores


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Digital Scores
Public domain online scores and recordings


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Digital Scores
International collection of music, largely by living composers.


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Digital Scores
Subscription service for digital only scores.

Score Index


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Score Index
Entries with incipits for manuscripts and early editions

Rare and Archival

UI Special Collections & Archives

Three Rare Book collections and two core archives
Items available to view per request using Aeon



International scholarly publications in music in many formats

Music Periodicals

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International scholarly and magazine articles with some full-text

Music Index

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Scholarly and magazine article index, some linked full-text


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Journal archive
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Index of 19th and early 20th century music literature, some full-text

Google Scholar 

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Article search and index with some linked full-text