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Music Research Tools: Music Periodicals Database

Search the Music Periodicals Database

Music Periodicals Database is an index with some full-text for journals, magazines, and other music periodicals. It has more a international scope than Music Index, but is a mix of scholarly and trade or other magazine titles like that resource.

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What will I find in Music Periodicals Database?

Some Full-Text

article with check mark iconMusic Periodicals Index covers 440 music periodicals and provides full-text to recent issues for 130 journals.

The older the article (especially if it's pre-1995), the more likely that you'll only find an index entry.


You will find abstracts in IIMP. In fact, every record 1996-present should definitely have one.

Abstracts are an excellent tool for quick evaluation of an item's relevancy to your research need.

Music Reviews

IIMP indexes many publications that contain reviews, like American Record Guide, Fanfare, and trade journals like Opera News.

You can limit your search to retrieve just reviews, or conversely, to leave them out. You can even limit your search to retrieve positive or negative reviews. Seriously.

Popular Music Sources

IIMP, much like Music Index, covers many popular music sources that you won't find in RILM or JSTOR.

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