Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (click here if accessing from off campus)
The premiere music encyclopedia in English.
The Music Index
Center for Black Music Research (CBMR)
A research center and archive for the study of African and African-derived musical expressions, encompassing vernacular and concert musics. Its publications include Black Music Research Journal.
Worldwide Music Internet
Possibly the largest collection of music-related Internet links—to organizations, record labels, fan web pages, and much more.
of Jazz Studies (IJS)
Archive of recordings, clippings, and periodicals for scholars interested in serious jazz research.
Center for Jazz Studies (CJS)
Newly opened research center at Columbia University devoted to the broad study of jazz examining its status as music and through its impact on literature, visual art, film and culture more generally.
for Traditional Music (ICTM)
Funded by UNESCO, this organization is like SEM, but with a more international focus. It publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music, formerly the Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council.
Abstracts of Musical Literature (UM Only)
Index of music-related books, essays and journal articles. A good starting point for some research projects.
The Music Index (UM Only, requires
Similar to RILM, with more coverage from the popular press. A good search would combine results from the two databases.
AMG All Music Guide
Ever wanted to know more about a particular performer, recording or style of music? This is perhaps one of the first places to go. While you may disagree with the opinions of some of the reviewers, this site is still an invaluable source.
A commercial site for ordering compact discs, DVDs, videos and other items. If an item is in print, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find it and order it from them.
Similar to CDNow, except its focus is on salsa, Latin jazz, merengue and other forms of Latin popular and traditional music.
Jazz Journalists Association
Links and information about and for jazz writers