Subject Guide - Music


EBSCOhost is a database that provides full-text articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and trade publications. Within EBSCO, you may choose to run a search through all of the databases, or select the database(s) you want.

Academic Search Elite
Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information. Academic Search Elite contains full text for more than 2,100 journals. Nearly 150 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985.

E-Book Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)
Among the multidisciplinary academic collection of 175,000 e-books, 10,800 music books will be accessible with information relevant to the researcher’s needs.

E-Book Collection (EBSCOhost)
Among this collection, you may browse the category of Arts and Architecture to find books on music.


This database hosts full-text, digital versions of books and academic journals primarily in the Humanities and Social Sciences. There are also journals in the hard sciences.

JSTOR journals or books can be searched by the Subject “Music” to find academic journals on the subject. You may also search using keywords in the standard search bar or by using the advanced search function.


Gale Academic OneFile connects the information you are looking for with tools that make discovery fast and easy. You will find this premier periodical resource that provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas. Journal articles and books can be searched by the subject “Music.”

Fine Arts is a database that covers drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. A search of the term “music” provides access to over 48,000 academic journal articles, 500,000 trade journal articles, and 1,400 books on the subject.

Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL)

Tennessee Electronic Library provides a full list of databases by subject. TEL hosts a wide range of content including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test prep materials, federal census records, and more in every subject imaginable. TEL also connects searchers to results from a multitude of databases through the use of a powerful search engine tool that can be found under “All Resources.” The main page of TEL also has a basic search engine that connects searchers directly to articles and eBooks with keyword searches.

You may go to “All Resources” and search “Music” in Gale OneFile to find information about “Music.”

Digital Library of Tennessee
The Digital Library of Tennessee provides free access to unique materials from museums, libraries, and archives across the state

Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA)
Digital repository of Tennessee history and culture featuring historical records, photographs, documents, maps, postcards, film, audio and other original materials of enduring value.

Volunteer Voices
Volunteer Voices is a state-wide digitization project that will provide access to primary sources that document Tennessee's rich history and culture.

Access World News: NewsBank
This database provides access to newspaper articles from around the world. The search tools on this site allow you to pinpoint articles about your topic by geographic region, publication, date, and more.

It provides Hot Topics for faculty and students with an easier path to locating topics of interest related to current global issues, events and people for personal and course research.

It provides you with suggested search topics in a range of fields. Choose a broad topic (e.g. Performing and Fine Arts) and subtopic (e.g. music), and Access World News will search for recent articles in that area.

InfoBase: World News Digest

This is a database that contains six separate sub-databases: African-American History, Issues & Controversies, Infobasebooks, CREDO Reference, Today’s Science, and World News Digest.

African American History Database (an Infobase sub-database) covers more than 500 years of the African-American experience, African-American History offers a fresh way to explore the full spectrum of African-American history and culture. Users can start their investigation of a topic with a video or slideshow overview, use the key content called out on the home page to find an entryway into the database, or dig deep into a subject or era through the Topic Centers.

Using the search tool in the African-American History database (an Infobase sub-database), you can find resources about music in African-American history.

InfobaseBook is a good source for seeking books on music electronically. You may browse by category or run a basic search for “music.” Subjects like critical analyses and music theory books can be found here


American Memory: Performing Arts, Music
Digitized multimedia resources from the Library of Congress: historical sound recordings, sheet music, images, and more

Music Theory Online: A Journal of Criticism, Commentary, Research, and Scholarship
Peer-reviewed, electronic journal of the Society for Music Theory, Inc.

New York Public Library Digital Collections: Music Division
One of the world's preeminent music collections, documenting the art of music in all its diversity.