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Guide for finding resources relating to music.

Scholarly v. General Articles



Researchers & Experts


Journalists, non-experts

Academic Journals


Newspapers, popular magazines

To share research findings


General information

Other researchers & scholars


General public

Specialized vocabulary


Everyday language

Provide for all sources


Few or no citations provided


For more, watch this video.

Journal Articles

The Music Library subscribes to approximately 250 music periodicals either in print or electronically. All periodicals can be found in OneSearch.

  • To find journal articles, do one of the following
    • Use OneSearch (select "Articles" under "Resource Type")
    • Use Google Scholar
    • Use one of the Databases listed below and do one of the following:
      • Click on the link to the PDF of the article
      • Use the "Find It" link
      • Search for the journal title in OneSearch
      • If Queens College or the wider CUNY system doesn't have the journal you need, request the article via Inter-Library Loan
  • Location of Print Periodicals
    • Periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order by title on the upper floor of the Music Library 
    • Periodicals with ML or MT call numbers are shelved in the stacks on the lower floor of the Music Library
    • Periodicals in storage should be available electronically but the print version can be requested 24 hours in advance (please call or email the Music Library)
    • Periodicals with MF or MC in front of the call number are microfilm or microfiche. Please request these from the circulation desk

Music Databases

Music-specific Databases are your best sources for music projects, particularly those focusing on music analysis and composers.

NOTERILM is *THE* most comprehensive resource available. For help deciphering RILM entries, see below.

General Databases

How to Decipher RILM Entries

RILM entries can be confusing. Here's how to demystify them!

  1. Use the format icons to help see what the item is: book, journal article, etc.
  2. The hyperlink text is always the title of the item (e.g., journal article title, book title, etc.)
  3. By = author of the item (e.g.,  book, journal article, etc.)
  4. Source = where to find the item (this is especially important for journal articles, chapters in books, etc.)
  5. Look for numbers (for journal volume numbers and issues) and publication dates
  6. The rest of the entry is an abstract, which can help you figure out if this source will be of use.