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Music Research Guide

Using Databases to Find Articles

SearchBox for Articles is a good place to start for general or interdisciplinary topics. By using the above search tool, you'll find results from a wide variety of publications. After you perform the search, you can limit to scholarly/peer reviewed journals and narrow your results based on subject, date of publication, language, and other criteria.

However, when researching in a specific area such as music, you may want to use a specialized database. Here is a select list of article databases that specialize in music and the performing arts:

Finding Journals

If you would like to see if the University Libraries subscribes to a particular journal, use the Journal Title Search.  This tool will allow you to search for journals by title and also browse by subject. You will see how we provide access (print and/or online), as well as what dates of coverage are avaialble. For journals held in print, follow the link to the catalog to find the location and call number. For online journals, links will be provided to the appropriate database--there may be multiple options, so pay attention to coverage dates!

If you need an article from a journal to which CUA does not subscribe, you may submit a request for the article through Interlibrary Loan. For assistance with placing a request, please use Ask a Librarian at the top of this page or call Mullen Library at 202-319-5070.