Answered By: Liza Vick
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016     Views: 63


To improve your results in HOLLIS+ and key databases, try adding terms such as:

  • Artist, composer name (Beethoven, Alicia Keys)
  • Title words (Moonlight, symphony 9)
  • Instrument names (piano, violin, flute)
  • Style or genre terms (hip-hop, early music)


Kerry Masteller, the library liaison to Music, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

You will find a helpful overview in this library guide for music students.


  • Grove Music Online is the foremost encyclopedia of music, with articles on composers, performers, scholars, genres, cultural groups, area studies, music history, and music theory.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is an international index of music scholarly articles, collections, reviews, conference papers, essays, book chapters, dissertations and more.
  • Music Periodicals Database (AKA International Index to Music Periodicals, IIMP) is an index of articles and reviews from over 400 scholarly and popular music periodicals (1874-present), plus selected full text.
  • Music Index Online is an index of over 800 music periodicals; strengths are popular music, ethnomusicology, and reviews (1970-present online; earlier volumes are available in print).
  • Music Online is a collection of online scores, audio, and video recordings (classical, world music, and jazz).

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