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Individual articles published in music periodicals and essays found in collections are not listed in UCB library catalogs. To find these works one must use music literature indexes. The Library at Berkeley offers three major online indexes devoted to current music literature as well as two retrospective indexes. These indexes differ significantly, from the number and types of sources covered to the way they describe and present citations. Although each index has an area of relative strength—Music Index, for example, is strongest in the field of music education, IIMP in performance topics, and RILM in musicology—thorough research involves checking more than one when looking for article citations and other literature on music.

RILM. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967-present) provides broad, international coverage of scholarly writing on music, including periodical articles, books, essays in collections, dissertations, videos, conference proceedings, dissertations, ethnographic recordings, reviews and more. More recent citations do not include abstracts. Available in printed form in the Reading Room at ML1.R14. Updated monthly. UC access only.

Music Index Online. A periodical index covering more than 650 international music journals, primarily English language sources. Citations, covering from 1979 to the present, do not include an abstract. Updated quarterly. Available in printed form, covering 1949 to the present, in the Reading Room at ML13.M7. UCB access only.

IIMP. International Index to Music Periodicals covers a broad cross-section of music periodical sources, from the most scholarly studies to the latest trends, including classical music, pop and popular music, rock, rap and hip-hop, blues, jazz, traditional and folk music, world music, music equipment and technology, recording techniques and technology, and the music, radio, and music video industries. Indexes more than 380 music periodicals (50 in full-text) from over 20 countries, including feature music articles and obituaries appearing in The New York Times and The Washington Post. List of periodicals indexed. Retrospective indexing for more than 165 titles, but without subject access or abstracts. Indexing for some periodicals begins with 1990. Entries from 1996 forward include an abstract. Updated quarterly. UC access only.

RIPM. Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950) indexes selected music journals published 1800-1950 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the US. It Offers a cumulative index to chronologies and authors appearing in over 65 volumes of the print version. The online archive contains 70 full-text, full-image periodicals, with new titles added every six months. The Index is also available via the EBSCO interface. Over 190 printed volumes, many indexed, are published in the RIPM series, available on the Reading Room at ML128.P24 T4 1993. Updated semiannually. UC access only.

JSTOR. The Music Collection in JSTOR (Journal Storage: The Scholarly Journal Archive) contains the complete back runs of 32 titles dedicated to scholarly research and theory in the field of music, including journals published in the Netherlands, Croatia, Hungary, Germany and France. Back runs end at a so-called "moving wall," representing the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. The "moving wall" is specified by publishers in their license agreements with JSTOR, and generally ranges from 3 and 5 years.

Additional Article Indexes with Significant Music Content

The UCB Libraries web page on Article Databases contains various lists of indexes available for searching. Subject-oriented article index databases in fields outside or related to music as well as article indexes with more general, multidisciplinary subject content can direct advanced research toward writings in periodical sources not indexed in the major music literature indexes listed above.

Music Journals Available Online in Full Text at UCB

Of the three major online indexes devoted to current music literature available at UCB, only IIMP provides articles in full-text directly to the screen. Less than one-fifth of the music journals indexed in IIMP, a relatively small selection of about 60 sources, are offered in full-text. Several of the more general, multi-disciplinary article indexes (e.g., ProQuest Research and Infotrac Expanded Academic), however, also contain full-text articles from a selection of music journals, as do database services that aggregate UC and UCB subscriptions to electronic journals (e.g., Ingenta Select) and retrospective journal indexes (e.g., JSTOR and PCI Full Text). In addition, a small number of academic journals make their entire contents freely available through the Web in publications known as e-journals. Although many of these resources are available through the California Digital Library, full text music journals listed in CDL are only part of what is offered at UCB. A comprehensive listing of online, full-text periodical articles in music are in fact available from a patchwork of sources found at UCB Library Electronic Journals. Please check the UCB catalog, OskiCat, to find local holdings of the many printed volumes of older issues not covered by these offerings.

Jump to E-Journals List

In addition to the full-text articles from subscription sources listed above, a much smaller number of academic journals make their entire contents freely available through the Web in publications known as e-journals. E-journals are published online only and usually have no print equivalent. Relatively few e-journal titles, however, have their contents included in the music article citation indexes discussed above—though the number is slowly increasing—and few appear in library catalogs such as OskiCat. Articles in music e-journals are thus difficult to access in comparison to those in traditional print sources or even print sources with electronic, full-text delivery.

The following is a selection of e-journals of interest in the fields of ethnomusicology, historical musicology, and composition. Each full-text journal is distributed via the Web, with back issues also available online (i.e., 'zines and commercially oriented publications are excluded), and all or substantial portions of the journal content of each is freely accessible (i.e., sites do not simply represent advertising for a print edition of the journal). Additional e-journal titles may be found by browsing the extensive lists freely available at New Jour, and especially DOAJ /Music, the Directory of Open Access Journals, featuring free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.

Electronic Musicological Review, Federal University of Paraná, 1996-
Ethnomusicology Online, 1995-
Journal of Music and Meaning, 2003-
Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, 1995-
Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online, 1999-
Music & Anthropology, Mediterranean Musical Anthropology, 1996-
Music & Politics, 2007-
Music Theory Online, MTO, Electronic Journal of SMT, 1993-
Performance Practice Review, 2006-
Popular Musicology Online, 2000-
SMT Newsletter, Society for Music Theory, 1996-
Soundscapes, Journal on Media Culture, 1998-
Transcultural Music Review, Revista Transcultural de Música, 1995-

Please report broken links and additional music e-journal titles of interest to the UCB Music Library Reference Desk or to UCB Music Library Web.

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