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What's in this Guide?

What is at the Music Library?

If it has to do with music, it's probably at Weeks Music Library! Below you can find a list of what types of materials are in the Music Library and where you can find them.

For more help navigating the Music Library, you can view or download our floor plans.

  • Music scores
    • 2nd floor, in the wing facing Lake Osceola.
    • "Oversize Scores" are near the north-east end of the wing.
    • "Miniature Scores" are near the center of the wing.
  • Books about music
    • 2nd floor, in the wing facing the new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios.
  • Music journals and magazines
    • 2nd floor, in the wing facing Lake Osceola.
    • Current issues are shelved along the wall closest to the doorway.
    • Past issues are bound together by volume and shelved between current issues and scores.
  • Audio and video
    • 1st floor, behind the circulation desk.
    • Ask a staff member for help.
    • DVDs are also available on the 1st floor of Richter Library.
  • Special music collections

Your Music Librarians

  • Sara Manus

    Director of the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library

About uSearch

uSearch searches the collections of the entire University of Miami Libraries, as well as many of our databases and millions of electronic resources.

Visit the uSearch help guide for more information about uSearch.

Library Catalog (uSearch)

Search Tips for Scores and Recordings

Basic Catalog Search Tips

  • Use quotation marks when searching for phrases (“Wizard of Oz”).
  • Be careful with drop-down menus; they can really change your search!
  • Keyword searches (“anywhere in the record” in uSearch) are useful when you aren’t exactly sure where the terms you’re searching will show up.
  • For scores or sheet music, narrow your search by including the type of score (“vocal score,” “parts”) or publisher (“Dover,” “Hal Leonard”).
  • For recordings, narrow your search by including performers or ensembles (“Kristin Chenoweth,” “London Symphony”), conductors (“Dudamel”), or record labels (“Sony”, “EMI”)
  • If you don’t get any results, broaden your search.
  • If you need help, ask us!  

Finding Classical Music

  • If you aren’t sure how to spell a name (Rachmaninov or Rachmaninoff?), add an asterisk after the letters you are sure of (Rachminino*) to search for multiple versions of the name.
  • Use the original language of a title (“Nozze di Figaro,” not “Marriage of Figaro”).
    • If you do not know the full foreign title, limit your title search to words that are the same in either language (“Figaro”).
    • Leave off initial articles (“Nozze di Figaro,” not “Le Nozze di Figaro”).
    • “Nickname” titles (like “Moonlight” sonata) do not always appear as part of the title information.
  • If the work doesn’t have a unique title, search for the plural form of its genre (such as “symphonies,” “concertos,” “sonatas,” or “quartets”) as a Title or Keyword.
    • If the work has an opus or thematic catalog number, add the number as a Keyword. You don’t need to include “op.” or “K.” or “BWV” or any similar thematic catalog abbreviations.
      • “Mozart” as Author and “symphonies” as Keyword and “181” as Keyword would find his symphony no. 23, K. 181.
    • If the work has only a serial number (violin concerto no. 3) you can enter “no. 3” or "3" as a Keyword.
    • If the work has no opus, thematic catalog, or serial number, try adding the key as a Keyword phrase (“g major”).
    • For works with a specific solo instrument (piano sonatas, violin concertos) you can add the instrument as a Keyword
    • For chamber works, you can enter the type of work as a Keyword phrase (“string quartets,” “brass sextets, “wind quintets” or “woodwind quintets).

Finding Jazz and Popular Music

Searching for a particular jazz or popular album, or a full musical theater recording or score is usually fairly simple. Searching for a specific song within a larger work can sometimes be difficult.
  • Search all terms as Keywords (not Title or Author, etc.)
  • Enter a song title as a phrase within quotation marks (“I’ve got you under my skin”).
    • Use the original language of a title (“Desafinado” instead of “Off-Key” or “Out of Tune”).
    • Make sure you are typing the correct title phrase (Dorothy’s song from Wizard of Oz is “Over the Rainbow,” not “Somewhere over the Rainbow”).
  • If you are getting no results, try searching for the larger work that contains the song (“Wicked” instead of “Defying Gravity”).

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What kind of research are you doing?

Before you begin your research, you need to determine what your topic is.
  • Are you researching a piece of music that you will be performing?
  • Are you studying the history of a musical instrument, or style or genre of music?
  • Are you trying to find out how a particular composer influenced those who followed?
  • Are you looking into the social aspects of a type of music?
  • Are you examining how music affects the brain?
  • Are you preparing a method or guide to playing an instrument or performing a specific type of music?
Knowing what you're researching will help you look in the right places.

What sorts of resources will you need?

Music research involves a wide variety of sources:
  • Books
  • Scores and sheet music
  • Journals and articles
  • Audio recordings
  • Video recordings
  • Databases
  • Websites
  • Live performances and performance reviews
  • Interviews with musicians
  • Lessons and methods
Ask yourself which sources will work best for your topic. Some of these may be available online, while others will be available at the library.

If we do not have something you need, ask! We can try to get it for you.

Evaluating Resources - the CRAAP Method

There are millions of information sources out there, from books and journals to websites and multimedia. Trying to find the most useful information for your research can be daunting. When you're doing academic research, it's especially important to make sure that the sources you find are helpful and not harmful to your work.

One way to determine if a resource is useful to you or not is to apply the CRAAP Method (sometimes called the CRAAP Test):

Currency: When was the information published? Is it up-to-date? Does your topic require current information, or would older sources work?

Relevance: Does this information relate to your topic? Who is the intended audience? Is the information at an appropriate level for your purposes?

Authority: Who is the author or source of the information? What are the author's credentials? Is he or she qualified to write on this topic?

Accuracy: Is the information accurate and supported by evidence? Does the language or tone seem unbiased? Are there spelling, grammar, or typographical errors?

Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? Is it to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or pursuade? Does the author make his or her intentions or purpose clear? Is the point-of-view objective and impartial, or are there biases?

For more information about the CRAAP Method, visit the links below:

Evaluating Information for Academic Quality (video by NYIT Libraries)

How to Evaluate Resources using the CRAAP Test (Gettysburg College)

How to Identify a Scholarly Resource

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Article Databases - the Basics

Article databases are digital indexes to the contents of periodicals: journals, magazines, newspapers, etc.

  • Some contain the full text of periodicals; others only point the user to where articles can be found
  • Some include more than just periodicals: books, video, audio, maps, hard data, etc.
  • Some databases are subject-specific, while others are more general
    • Music Index: contents of periodicals about music
    • PUBMED: contents of periodicals and research about medicine
    • Academic Search Premier: multidisciplinary (periodicals about a variety of subjects)
  • A platform is a service that hosts dozens or hundreds of different databases through a single interface; all databases on a platform look and behave pretty much the same way.

Which database is right for you?

The best database depends on what kind of information you want to find:
  • Are you looking for articles about popular music?
          Music Periodicals Database and Music Index have historically included more coverage of popular, folk, and world music.
  • Do you want to read contemporary reports about 19th-century works and/or performers?
          RIPM is focused on periodicals from 1800-1950.
  • Would you like to find not only articles, but also books, dissertations, and other kinds of resources?
          RILM indexes all types of publications about music.
          Proquest Dissertations & Theses includes disserations and similar documents about all kinds of subjects.
  • Are you interested in music education, music therapy, music engineering, or music business?
         Try databases in these subjects to get a broader view of your topic.

Visit our "Database List by Subject" for more databases.

RILM, RIPM, Music Index, and EBSCOHost Databases

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature features content from the early 1800s through the present, and includes coverage of relevant articles from thousands of journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music. In addition, it covers a variety of publication and media types including essay collections, conference proceedings, critical editions of music, digital media, dissertations, monographs, online resources, reference materials, reviews, and technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.   

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Online Archive  indexes the contents of music periodicals published between 1800 and 1950, including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, and press reviews. In addition, RIPM offers English-language translations of articles from journals in other languages.

Music Index provides citations to scholarly and popular music journals and magazines, indexing more than 690 international music periodicals. Book reviews, reviews of music recordings, tapes, and performances are indexed.

Here are some tutorial YouTube videos about using EBSCOhost databases:

Introduction to EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost Basic Search

EBSCOhost Advanced Searching

Using the EBSCOhost Results List

Music Periodicals Database, Dissertations & Theses and ProQuest Databases

ProQuest is the platform that hosts Music Periodicals Database and Dissertations & Theses:

Music Periodicals Database, formerly known as the International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP), has "more than half a million indexed articles, plus detailed abstracts and full text from 1874 to current, covering the scholarly to the popular.... It provides indexing and abstracts for more than 440 international music periodicals, plus full text for 130 journals." Requires login with 'Cane ID and password for off-campus access.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full-text coverage for older graduate works.

Proquest: Dissertations & Theses @ University of Miami gives access to the dissertations and theses that are produced by students at the University of Miami and indexed in ProQuest.

Here are some tutorial YouTube videos about using ProQuest databases:

Introduction to the User Interface

Using Basic Search

Using Advanced Search

Using the Search Results List

Library Subscribed Web Resources

These are some of our most popular subscription websites for music research. You will need to log in with your 'Cane ID and password.

  • Britannica Online
    Britannica Online includes the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the 10th ed. of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Britannica's Internet Guide, and The World Guide with maps, country information, and news
  • Musical America Worldwide
    Musical America is an international directory for the performing arts, used by concert facilities, classical performers, artists, managers and music festivals.Entries include narrative reviews of the past year in music and dance, along with over 700 pages of listings and tables. Also offers a prestigious annual awards program for Musician of the Year, as well as awards for the year's top composer, conductor, instrumentalist and vocalist.
  • Oxford History of Western Music
    The Oxford History of Western Music online offers an account of the evolution of Western classical music by Richard Taruskin. The online version includes all 1.25 million words, 500 images, and 1,800 musical examples from the updated paperback edition with search and browse functionality.
  • Oxford Music Online
    Includes the Oxford Dictionary of Music, Grove Music Online, and the Oxford Companion to Music.
  • Oxford Reference Online: Performing Arts
    Browse and search a variety of well-researched reference sources on the performing arts.
  • Europa World of Learning Online
    The Europa World of Learning Online is an authoritative source of information on the international scholarly and academic world, including college, universities, libraries, archives, museums, research institutes, learned societies, and art galleries. Information includes address, telephone, web site, year founded.
  • World Who's Who
    Current and hard-to-find biographical information on more than 60,000 of the most gifted, famous and influential men and women in all fields.

Free Websites

Finding Scores

Weeks Music Library uses a modified version of the Library of Congress Classification System to organize its music scores. You can browse a guide to this system at the link below.

Score Browsing Guide

For tips on searching for music scores, visit the "Using the Library Catalog (uSearch)" tab.

Digital Music Collections

  • Women Composers Collection (University of Michigan Music Library, via Hathitrust)
    Collection of 19th and early 20th-century music scores by women composers held at the University of Michigan Music Library.
  • Contemporary Music Score Collection (UCLA Music Library)
    Digital, open access scores from the Contemporary Score Edition Series published by the UCLA Music Library.
  • Open Music Library
    "The Open Music Library is an initiative from Alexander Street to build the world’s largest free index of digital resources for the study of music." Includes 202,000+ scores, 86,000+ albums, 4,000+ videos, and over 1 million articles.
  • Digital Music Collections at the Library of Congress
    Sheet music, recordings, images, and more, spanning the history of music in the United States, including folk, jazz, blues, marches and military music, and music from various American composers.
  • Iberoamerica Digital
    (Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano) A portal which provides access through a single search to digitized materials from the national libraries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Panama and Portugal.
  • IMSLP Petrucci Music Library
    The Petrucci Music Library was begun in 2006 by IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project) in order to gathering all public domain music scores and the music scores of any contemporary composers who wish to release them to the public free of charge. IMSLP is governed primarily by Canadian copyright law and, therefore, some works may not be public domain in other countries.
  • Music Online: Classical Scores Library
    Contains 400,000+ pages of the most important classical scores and manuscripts, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 8,000 scores.The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions. The database has been indexed to enable users to search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher.
  • Music Treasures Consortium
    The Library of Congress's Music Treasures Consortium provides access to highly valued music manuscripts and print materials held in some of the world's most renowned music archives, including the British Library, Harvard University, and the Morgan Library & Museum.
  • Performing Arts Encyclopedia
    The Performing Arts Encyclopedia is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. The Encyclopedia provides access to digitized scores, sheet music, audio reordings, films, photographs, and other materials.
  • Sheet Music Consortium
    The Sheet Music Consortium, hosted by the UCLA Digital Library Program, is a cooperative project to build an open collection of digitized sheet music through harvesting metadata from collections around the world.
  • Sibley Music Library Music Scores
    The digitized collection of music scores from Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library includes over 14,000 digitized manuscripts and scores in the public domain, many of which are unique to Sibley's collection.

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Audio & Video in the Library

You can find a variety of audio and video formats at Weeks Music Library:
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • LPs (vinyl records)
  • VHS tapes
  • Audio cassette tapes
All of these are kept behind the circulation desk. If you give us the call number of an item, we will get it for you.

For tips on searching for recordings, visit the "Using the Library Catalog (uSearch)" tab.

Richter Library also has a collection of DVDs at the first floor Learning Commons.

Audio and Video Websites

These are some of the more popular streaming audio and video websites. Most are free, but some require a subscription.

Note: some of the content on these sites may have been uploaded in violation of copyright; use at your own risk!

Subscription Streaming Audio & Video

    The world's leading classical music channel, broadcasts more than 100 live events are each year, in partnership with the world's most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions.'s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: concerts and archived historical concerts; operas; ballets; documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; and master classes. 
  • Music and Performing Arts from Alexander Street
    Music and Performing Arts consists of multiple music and performing arts databases, including American Song, Classical Music Library, Classical Scores Library, Dance in Video, Jazz Music Library, Popular Music Library, Contemporary World Music, and Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.
  • Naxos Music Library
    Naxos Music Library has over 2 million tracks of music and is continually adding music from the Naxos label as well as other leading independent labels.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz
    Naxos Music Library Jazz comprises Naxos Jazz and the 22 labels of Fantasy Jazz. There are close to 20,000 tracks of jazz, more than 1,850 albums, and over 500 jazz artists.
  • Open Music Library
    "The Open Music Library is an initiative from Alexander Street to build the world’s largest free index of digital resources for the study of music." Includes 202,000+ scores, 86,000+ albums, 4,000+ videos, and over 1 million articles.

Historical Audio and Video

  • Library of Congress Recorded Sound Reference Center
    The Recorded Sound Reference Center provides access to a portion of the Library of Congress's audio collections through the Recorded Sound Reference Center's web page, the American Memory site, The Performing Arts Encyclopedia and the American Folklife Center pages.
  • Association for Cultural Equity Online Archive
    Audio, video, photographs and other digitized material from the Association for Cultural Equity's Alan Lomax Archive.
  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project
    The Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project provides online access to over 8,000 cylinder recordings held by the University of Santa Barbara's Donald C. Davidson Library. These recordings feature musical and spoken selections from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Lyrics and Libretti in the Library

Lyrics and libretti are shelved under the call numbers ML47-ML54.8. Many of these are housed in Music Reference.

The most frequently used of these books are the ones published by Leyerle Publications. These include
  • French opera libretti (ML48 .F74 1999)
  • German miscellaneous opera libretti (ML48 .G373 2005)
  • Gluck & Monteverdi opera libretti (ML48 .G57 2008)
  • Italian belcanto opera libretti (ML48 .I83 2000)
  • Italian verismo opera libretti (ML48 .I89 2000)
  • Libretti of Russian operas. Vol. 1 (ML48 .L637 2004)
  • Handel opera libretti (ML49 .H236 2005)
  • The libretti of Mozart's completed operas (ML49 .M83 C315 1997)
  • The complete Puccini libretti (ML49 .P977 1993)
  • The complete Verdi libretti (ML49 .V484 1994)
  • Three Wagner opera libretti (ML49 .W134 2006)
  • Four Strauss opera libretti (ML49 .S76 O62 2002)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen (ML50 .W14 R32 2003)
  • Selected song texts of great German lieder (ML54.6 .G53 2004)
  • Italian song texts from the 17th through the 20th centuries (ML54.6 .I83)
  • Italian song texts from the 18th century (ML54.6 .I83 v.2)
  • Schumann's complete song texts (ML54.6 .S387 G52 2002)
  • Schubert's complete song texts (ML54.6 .S39 G515 1996)
  • Richard Strauss' complete song texts (ML54.6 .S77 2004)
  • Hugo Wolf's complete song texts (ML54.6 .W6 G55 2000)

Some of the other notable books of lyrics and libretti include
  • The complete annotated Gilbert and Sullivan / introduced and edited by Ian Bradley (ML49 .S9 A1 1996)
  • The complete lyrics of Irving Berlin / edited by Robert Kimball and Linda Emmet (ML54.6 .B464 K55 2001)
  • The new American musical : an anthology from the end of the century / edited and introduced by Wiley Hausam (ML48 .N485 2003)
  • The ring of words; an anthology of song texts / selected and translated by Philip L. Miller (ML54.6 .M5 R5 1973)

Hymn Lyrics Online

Classical Lyrics and Opera Libretti Online

  • Aria Database
    The Aria Database is a collection of information about opera and operatic arias, including translations for many arias and aria texts for those that are not affected by copyright restrictions.
  • LiederNet Archive
    "The world's largest reference archive of texts and translations of art songs and choral works."
  • Opera Glass
    Standford's opera web directory contains libretti, source texts, synopses, discographies, and information about composers, librettists, and opera companies.
  • Libretto Index
    An index of known libretto pages, arranged by composer and name of the opera.

Folk and Popular Lyrics Online

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Writing a Thesis or Dissertation at UM

The University of Miami requires its graduate students to submit Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs). Below are some links that will help you with this process

Help with Research, Writing, and Citation

  • Getting Started With Research (UM Libraries)
    UM Libraries guide to getting started with research.
  • University of Miami Writing Center
    The Writing Center at the University of Miami strives to help all members of the university community learn more about writing and become better writers. The Writing Center is part of the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program, and provdes services to Coral Gables, Medical, and RSMAS campuses.  The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one assistance with all types of writing concerns. Services are to grad students and faculty as well as undergraduates, for research, grant writing, as well as student learning and writing.
  • Citing Music Sources
    (University of Western Ontario)
  • Citing sources (Duke University)
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    Free online resources for researching and writing.

Using Turabian for Music Research

This is a guide compiled by our music librarian that includes templates for citing common resources used in music research.

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Citation Management Systems

UM Libraries' Citation and Research Management Tools Guide has information about citation management systems like RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

How to Avoid Plagiarism