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  1. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text (EBSCO) — includes approximately one million pages of full-text content from more than 200 periodicals from 50 countries in 40 languages, published from the early 20th century to the present. Most coverage commences with the first issue of the journal and includes cover-to-cover full text for every included title. Therefore, in addition to scholarly articles and reviews, the database includes obituaries, editorials, correspondence, advertisements, news items, and more.
  2. Oxford Music Online — includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Companion to Music (2002), which offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplements Grove's more extensive articles with content geared toward undergraduates and general users.
  3. Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology — is a reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary. It will be of interest to literary scholars, musicians, church historians, and theologians. It contains over 4000 individual entries about hymns of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, from the earliest years to those written today.
  4. Project MUSE (Standard Collection) — This is an interdisciplinary collection of high quality, peer reviewed journals extensively in the humanities and social sciences.
  5. International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text (EBSCO) — Articles, essays and book chapters mined from internationally selected publications in drama, dance, media, mime, mixed entertainment, storytelling, music-drama, and puppetry. International Bibliography of Theater & Dance with Full Text includes nearly 100 journal titles and over 120 full-text books not included in Academic Search Complete.
  6. Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest) — Covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. It selectively covers Master's theses and Canadian, British, and other international dissertations. Most dissertations since 1997, along with some earlier dissertations, are available in full text. (This resource is made available to the Mercer community by the Bruce Bell Rabun Memorial Library Fund created by his brother Dr. James Z. Rabun.).

Another helpful database for research in the Fine Arts includes JSTOR.

Open Access Resources

  1.  One of the most outstanding crowd-sourced, open access resources for music is the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP). IMSLP currently has more than 135,000 works, 440,000 scores, 52,000 recordings, 16,500 composers, and 500 performers, with scores (vocal, orchestral, instrumental, etc.) that are generally downloadable as PDFs.
  2. Much like IMSLP, the Choral Public Domain Library collects scans of scores for works out of copyright (generally meaning they were published prior to 1923). It currently hosts free scores of almost 30,000 choral and vocal works by at least 3000 composers. It includes seasonal and sacred music, as well as translations.
  3. IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana University brings together sheet music by Indiana composers, arrangers, lyricists or publishers as well as sheet music about the state. Some digitized images are available.
  4. The Library of Congress's Performing Arts Reading Room is maintained by its Music Division. It is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance. You can also search the Library of Congress for Notated Music.
  5. The Sheet Music Consortium, hosted by UCLA, is a group of libraries working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music. A large proportion of the original sheets in participating collections has been digitized, allowing users direct access to the music itself and in many cases covers and advertisements that offer evidence of the cultural context in which the songs were published. UCLA also has a helpful guide to using the Consortium, which includes guidance on navigating to the music and finding other open access repositories for sheet music.
  6. Indiana University's Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum, Saggi Musicali ItalianiTexts on Music in English, and Traités Français sur la Musique aim to give free access to and make searchable every known Latin, Italian, English, and French text on music from the late antiquity to the seventeenth century, in multiple editions and in transcriptions from original sources. Primarily an aid to musicological research, these resources aim also to assist anyone interested in documenting the broader intersections of music with the humanities and the sciences within the Western tradition.
  7. Indiana also maintains Musical Borrowing & Reworking, a bibliography [which] represents the current fruits of an ongoing effort to create a comprehensive, indexed, and annotated bibliography of books, articles, and theses that describe these uses of existing music.

 Multimedia Content

  1. Mercer subscribes to Alexander Street Video, which includes expansive multimedia content in the Fine & Performing Arts. You can browse their video content by musical genres, such as American Music, Classical Music, Jazz, Popular Music, World Music, and others. 
  2. Another film database with useful music content is Kanopy, which has wonderful content on the Arts, including dance, music, and performing arts. The fine arts films hosted in this database feature filmed performances of plays, musicals, operas, and symphonies, documentaries on music history and performance, and Great Courses on a wide variety of subjects in fine arts. 
  3. NAXOS Music Library is a vast online classical music library, offering streaming access to tens of thousands of CDs. The library offers the complete Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs plus the complete catalogs or selected titles from over 378 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month. Classic pop and rock music as well as Chinese orchestral music are also represented.

Physical Resources


You can search the classic catalog for physical books and scores held by the Mercer Library. The Mercer Library has resources held in Macon (Tarver Library), Atlanta (Swilley Library), and the Regional Academic Centers; if you need a resources held by a different location, it can be requested and delivered to your campus location. If you need a resource that is not held by the Mercer University Library, you can request it through interlibrary loan. If there is a music text you think would be particularly beneficial to the Library's collection, you can suggest its purchase here.

The Library of Congress Classification Outline for Music can be used to browse music books and scores.

Some useful reference sources physically held by the Mercer University Library are listed below:


You can also browse our physical collection of journals through the online catalog.