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  • Academic Charts Online
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    Academic Charts Online brings together over a million music chart data points including artist, single, album, label and chart position. The initial launch includes charts from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Spain, Australia, and Mexico.
  • African American Music Reference
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    African American Music Reference will contain 50,000 pages that offers the first comprehensive coverage of blues, jazz, spirituals, civil rights songs, slave songs, minstrelsy, rhythm and blues, gospel, and other forms of black American musical expression.
  • American Song (North America)
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    American Song is a history database that allows people to hear and feelthe music from America's past. The database includes songs by and aboutAmerican Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, andcowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, politicalcampaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-warprotests, and more.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
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    The Arts & Humanities Citation Index is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, as well as covering individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals.

    This database is part of USC's subscription to the Web of Science.

    The AHCI is also available in print in the Doheny Reference Center.

  • CAIRSS (Computer-Assisted Information Retrieval Service System)
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    CAIRSS is a bibliographic database of music research literature in musiceducation, music psychology, music therapy, and music medicine. Citationshave been taken from 1,354 different journal titles; 18 of which are primaryjournals, meaning that every article ever to appear is included.
  • Classical Music in Video
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    Classical Music in Video is a comprehensive streaming video collection to support the study of classical music. It currently provides streaming access to more than 400 hours of video and will grow to 1,000 hours on completion, with new titles being regularly added. Classical Music in Video provides coverage in breadth and depth for classical music, and is relevant to a broad range of studies, including music history, music appreciation, music performance, analysis, and theory. Coverage includes: musical time periods from Medieval to the twenty-first century; historical recordings from the 1950s up to the most current recordings today; performances of all forms of music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances; masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world; and documentaries profiling classical artists and their work.
  • Classical Music Library
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    Classical Music Library is the world's largest multi-label database of Classical music recordings for listening and learning in libraries. The growing collection of 50,000-plus tracks includes recordings from the world's greatest labels including Hyperion, Bridge Records, Sanctuary Classics, Artemis-Vanguard, Hänssler Classic, Vox and many more. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.
  • Classical Scores Library
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    Classical Scores Library will contain 400,000 pages of classical scoresfrom both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composersoutput is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.Content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey andHawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilmseries. The collection includes works spanning time periods from theRenaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive,with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and pianoreductions.
  • Contemporary World Music
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    Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent. The database will contain important genres such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film,Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
  • Digital Scriptorium
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    The DS is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscriptions from a variety of U.S. institutions http://www.scriptorium.columbia.edu/about/project.html (Huntington Library, Jewish Theological Seminary, Grolier Club, UC Berkeley, etc.). The images include extensive catalogue data. It is useful for art historians, musicologists, classicists, medievalists, diplomatists, and paleographers. Hosted by Columbia University.
  • DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)
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    DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing educational communitieswith on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio, complete original linernotes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives.Continuing in the tradition of DRAM's sister company New World Records, oneof DRAM's primary focuses is the preservation and dissemination of importantrecordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace,recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost
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    This web site provides access to the full-text content of 4,274 e-books purchased by the USC Libraries from netLibrary. The books are searchable by both author and title. In addition, all books included in this collection are accessible through Homer.
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music
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    Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 newentries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50percent more material than the third edition. Featuring a broad musicalscope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to thepresent day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals,and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additionalentries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels,venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading areprovided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that includerecord labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
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    An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. The core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are all included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with granular indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.
  • Europeana Virtual Library
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    World War I, Hildegard of Bingen, Art Nouveau, and the Euro are all covered in the multilingual Europeana archive. This prodigious site includes over 15 million digital items culled from about 1,500 institutions throughout Europe, including the National Archives of Finland, the Germanisches National Museum, the British Library, and the Slovak National Gallery. Content includes images, videos, and film clips both individually and in curated online exhibitions
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
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    The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensiveonline resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. Thisdatabase integrates text, images, as well as musical examples within theMusic Online interface.
  • Index to Printed Music (IPM)
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    The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is an invaluable resource for musicresearchers and students. IPM is the only online resource for findingindividual pieces of music printed in standard scholarly editions, with over307,000 index records of individual music works. IPM records with detailedindexing include, but are not limited to: composers, formats, genres,librettists, performing forces (medium), and poets. A separate collectionauthority link makes it possible to search for titles of music collections,as well as individual compositions.
  • International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) Full Text
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    This database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 770,000 records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication. Some complete journal runs are included, with indexing back to 1874. Covers the full spectrum of subjects and all aspects of music, including music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.
  • International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text
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    This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
  • IPA Source
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    IPA Source is the largest collection of literal translations andInternational Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions on the web. The goal ofIPA Source is to promote the comprehension and accurate pronunciation offoreign language texts in art song and opera in order that the singer mayimbue each syllable with the appropriate emotional content. IPA Sourceoffers works in Latin, Italian, German, and French and plans to include more"singing" languages in the future. The database currently includes over 5500texts.
  • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
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    Bibliography of articles on medieval and renaissance topics.
  • Jazz Music Library
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    Jazz Music Library plans to be the largest and most comprehensive collectionof jazz available online-with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums,and genres. At launch, the collection includes works licensed from legendaryrecord labels, including Audiophile, Concord Jazz, Contemporary Records,Fantasy, Jazzology, Milestone, Nessa Records, Original Jazz Classics, Pablo,and Prestige. More tracks are added.
  • LexisNexis Academic
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    Database of full text online news, business, financial, legal, medical, biographical, government and domestic and international newspaper resources.
    Please check all license agreements posted on the Lexis/Nexis Website at http://www.lexisnexis.com/terms/general. Failure to follow the Terms & Conditions may result in revocation of the Lexis/Nexis license for the University of Southern California. Furthermore it is expressedly forbidden to write search scripts to search this databases.
  • Library Music Source
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    The largest collection of Western Classical sheet music ever assembled with access to over 300,000 pages of sheet music from over 35,000 works.
  • Metropolitan Opera on Demand
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    The Metropolitan Opera On Demand database is a collection of essential performances from one of the world's leading opera companies spanning 75 years of memorable recorded broadcasts. The streaming service provides access to historic performances captured live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in a special HD version tailored specifically to students and faculty.
  • Music Index Online
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    Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literaturefrom 1952 to present. Formerly The Music Index Online provided by HarmoniePark Press, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts ofarticles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, news, and selectivecoverage for more than 230 periodicals.
  • Music Online
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    With Music Online, Alexander Street Press aims to provide the mostcomprehensive database in streaming audio, video, reference, and scores onthe web. Music Online allows users cross search all of the music databasespublished by Alexander Street Press. Music Online can cross-search anycombination of these databases: African American Music Reference, AmericanSong, Classical Music Library, Classical Scores Library, Contemporary WorldMusic, Dance in Video, The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, JazzMusic Library, and Opera in Video.
  • Musical America
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    An international directory of the performing arts. The site includes music industry news, upcoming events, press releases, on-line polls, articles and a directory of artists and management.
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  • Mutopia Project
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    Mutopia is a growing collection of sheet music editions of classical music for free download.
  • National Jukebox
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    The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.
  • Naxos Music Library
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    Naxos Music Library is the world's largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to more than 35,540 CDs with more than 506,700 tracks. The library offers the catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. The aim of NML is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded and to become the ultimate resource in the classical music field. In future, users will also be able to view the instrumentation of all orchestral and chamber music works and to access comprehensive analyses of all the most important works.
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  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
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    Naxos Music Library Jazz is one of the most comprehensive collections ofjazz music available online. It offers over 20,000 tracks of jazz from over2,000 albums. Hundreds of jazz, blues, and R&B artists - from the U.S. andaround the world - are represented.
  • Naxos Music Library – Sheet Music
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    The Naxos Music Library offers over 45,000 sheet music titles in all classical genres, spanning music from Medieval to the 21st century and composers from Bach to Arvo Part. You can download the music easily and print using the FreeHand Solero viewer, available for download on the site.
  • Opera in Video
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    Opera in Video will contain 250 of the most important operaperformances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, anddocumentaries. Selections represent the world's best performers, conductors,and opera houses and are based on a work's importance to the operatic canon.The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas inmusic history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multipleperformances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysisof stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation acrosstime periods, opera houses, and conductors.
  • Orchestral Music Online
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    Orchestral Music Online is the online version of David Daniels's classicrepertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, andmusicologists. The database provides access to information on more than 6700 works by some 900 composers, and allows searching by duration,instrumentation, chorus type, and soloists.
  • Oxford History of Western Music
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    The Oxford History of Western Music presents Richard Taruskin's unmatched narrative account of the evolution of Western classical music online for the very first time. The full text from the five-volume 2009 paperback editionhas been reproduced, as have notes, bibliographies, and further readings for each of the 69 chapters, numerous illustrations, and 1,800 musical examples.
  • Oxford Music Online
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    Grove Music Online is an integrated music resource on the web, including the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition; 29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes) and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (second edition; 3 volumes). Grove Music Online will be updated annually to ensure it remains the most up to date music reference work on the Internet.
  • Oxford Text Archive
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    The Oxford Text Archive (OTA) collects, catalogues, preserves and distributes high-quality digital electronic texts and other literary and language resources for research and teaching. It currently holds thousands of texts in more than 25 different language (e.g., Middle High German, Ancient Greek, and Sanskrit).
  • Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM)
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    The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals is one of four international cooperative bibliographic undertakings in music, alongside Le Repertoire international des sources musicales (RISM), Le Repertoire international de litterature musicale (RILM), and Le Repertoire international d'iconographie musicale (RIdIM). "These are, without doubt, the most important current bibliographic documentation projects in the field of music research."1 Of the four "Rs" RIPM alone focuses on nineteenth-century music and musical life. RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music. While the importance of this monumental documentary resource has long been recognized by the musicological community, RIPM represents the first effort to undertake and to coordinate retrospective periodical indexing on an international scale.
  • RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
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    International bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines.
  • RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals
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    The Archive is the only extensive collection available online for music periodicals dating from the Early Romantic to the Modern Period. The Archive contains 70 rarely available 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.
  • RISM (International Inventory of Musical Sources)
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    The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) is an international, non-profit joint venture which aims to comprehensively document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. Fifty years of careful research and joint initiatives sponsored by RISM brings together among others more than 380,000 works by over 18,000 composers into one database which can be easily searched. The manuscripts are found in over 595 libraries and archives in 31 countries including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay and USA.
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  • Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest
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    Britain and America saw dramatic changes in the period from 1950-1975. This collection of primary source materials covers such topics as the Vietnam war, student protests, consumerism, music, fashion, etc. It includes the Social Protest Collection from UC Berkeley, a wide range of zines and alternative press publications, posters, and multimedia.
  • Rock's Backpages
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    Rock's Backpages is an online database of music writing, sourced from musicand mainstream press. The library contains over 20,000 articles, coveringthe early 1960s to present, and new articles are added weekly. In additionto album and concert reviews, print interviews and feature articles, Rock'sBackpages also contains almost 300 exclusive, and previously unpublished,audio interviews with major rock music artists.
  • Smithsonian Global Sound
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    Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, produced in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. The collection provides an unprecedented variety of online resources that support the creation, continuity, and preservation of diverse musical forms.
  • Themefinder
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    Themefinder is a non-profit collaborative project of the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH) at Stanford University and the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory at the Ohio State University. It includes about 35,000musical incipits from three sets: classical, folksong, and Renaissance.Themes can be searched by pitch, interval, scale degree, and contour, and can be located at the beginning or anywhere within the incipit. Information about the piece and composer, other themes within the work, and Midi files accompany each incipit.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.
  • USC Music Copyright Infringement Resource
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    The purpose of this project is to make universally available information about music copyright infringement cases from the mid-nineteenth centur​y forward.
  • Web of Science
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    Web of Science (a.k.a. Web of Knowledge): Provides citations covering over 10,000 high-impact journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities, as well as international proceedings coverage for over 120,000 conferences. Includes:Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-Expanded); Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI); Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S); Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Sciences & Humanities (CPCI-SSH); Index Chemicus (IC); and Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-Expanded). Powerful tools include cited reference searching, Citation Maps, and the Analyze Tool.