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The University of Toronto Music Library has the resources necessary to help you with your research. Our print and online collections include a large selectin of books on all aspects of music, scores for study and performance, as well as sound and video recordings.  The library has a large reference area and circulating reference sources. Available material include indexes of resources and information on music, encyclopedias such as Grove Music Online, (which is part of the Oxford Music Online platform), Thematic Catalogues, Discographies, Biographies and many other types of research sources. Also, remember to ask at the reference desk if you need any assistance finding or using reference sources, or book a research consultation.

Indexes to journal articles

Popular indexing services for journal articles with subject matter relating to music include RILM Abstracts of Music LiteratureRetrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM)Index to Printed Music and Music Index Online. 

Popular indexes for journal databases

Dictionaries / Encyclopedias

Grove Music Online is a likely candidate as a "first place to look" resource for research into music. Other important sources to consult include, Oxford Bibliographies OnlineGarland Encyclopedia of World Music Online, the Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada to name just a few. We will have many sources online and in the library for you to consult. Including dictionaries in many laguages, dictionaries of musical terms, encyclopedias with broad focusses to ones with a narrow and specific range.

Popular encyclopedias

Dissertations / Theses

These can be important contributions to the research process. Dissertations & Theses @ University of Toronto is a great place to start your search, Dissertations & Theses Global offers a broader spectrum, Theses Canada has a good selection as well.

Popular indexes for dissertations and theses

Other Reference sources

There are many other reference sources that may be of value.  PRIMMUS [electronic resource] : the item-level index to the Music manuscript collections of Primary Source Microfilm. and Concert Programmes Project Online Database to name just two.