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Online Resources for Music Scholars   Tags: composition, ethnomusicology, music, music theory  

Links for research on a wide variety of topics in music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, composition, and performance practice.
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Loeb Music Library Information


The Loeb Music Library is Harvard's main repository for music materials, supporting research in a variety of musical disciplines: historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and performance practice.

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This guide provides a basis for beginning electronic research on a wide variety of topics in music. It collects:

  • links to archival collections;
  • online scores and sound recordings;
  • article indexes, discographies and bibliographies;
  • links to the websites of scholarly societies;
  • musical reference works;
  • a miscellany of useful websites

Each entry includes a brief description of the resource, with tags for subjects and resource types.

Wondering where to start? Try the "Essential Tool" resource type, for a list of major reference sources and article indexes.

The guide is necessarily selective, and other important research resources are available only in printed form. As with most arts and humanities topics, it is important to investigate your research options across all formats.

Most of the resources in this guide are freely accessible to all users; those available only to Harvard affiliates are flagged, and are also listed in the E-Research@Harvard Libraries portal.

The database does not include links to individual ejournals available through the HOLLIS+ Catalog or the Find E-Journals section of the E-Research Portal.

This site is a work in progress, updated as we become aware of new online resources. Feedback, comments, and suggestions for changes or additions are welcome.


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If you have questions or comments, or for research assistance, please contact Liza Vick or Kerry Masteller, Research Services, Loeb Music Library, 617-495-2794.

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