Subject Guides: Music

Core Databases

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Index to scholarly and popular literature in musicology, ethnomusicology, dance, and other music-related disciplines.  information about this database

Other Recommended Databases

Academic Search Premier
Full text access to scholarly and non-scholarly publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. information about this database

Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. information about this database

Music Online
Music Online is a rich, comprehensive multimedia resource for the study of classical, jazz, world, and American music. Easily cross-search audio recordings, video content, full-text reference materials, musical scores, liner notes, biographies, and images through a single interface. Simultaneously listen to classical selections and view the music score. Additional search fields specific to the content, are available if you limit your searching and browsing to a particular resource. For example, if you go to the American Song collection, you can view a list of Historical Events and find songs that relate to those events.

Primary Sources

Petrucci Music Library
A free website containing thousands of "public domain" music scores, compiled by the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP).


LexisNexis Academic
Full text of thousands of newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, business publications, legal materials, and more. information about this database

Library Catalogs

Trexler Library Catalog
To search for items held at Trexler Library, use the Trexler Library Catalog. Items listed in the catalog include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, government documents, and more.

Search catalogs from libraries across the country and around the globe.  Items owned by Trexler Library show a Muhlenberg College Library icon.  Request items not owned by Trexler Library directly through WorldCat using the ILL (Interlibrary Loan) button. Items generally take 2-10 days to arrive.