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MLA 2022: The Global / The Local

RILM’s resources are gateways to authoritative and comprehensive knowledge, covering a wide range of writings on music and related fields from anthropology and medicine to organology and sound studies, from different world regions and in over 170 different languages.

RILM’s Global Coverage

RILM Abstracts with Full Text 

RILM’s music bibliography enhanced with full-text coverage of 260 journals. 

No matter the musical field, topic, region, or culture you are researching, RILM Abstracts offers a wealth of information on publications in books and collections of essays, journals, blogs, fanzines, electronic media, and much more.  Within RILM Abstracts with Full Text, you’ll additionally find full-text articles from journals as diverse as Black music research journal, Revista Argentina de musicología, Nhạc Việt: The journal of Vietnamese music, Sruti: India’s premier magazine for the performing arts, The world of music, Yearbook for traditional music, and Zhongguo yinyuexue (Musicology in China).

Topics Covered Include: 

  • Popular music 
  • Instruments and voice 
  • Religion and ritual 
  • Dance 
  • Linguistics and semiotics 
  • Social sciences 
  • Dramatic arts
  • Visual arts 
  • Media studies
  • Improvisation 
  • Poetry and literature 
  • Sound recording 
  • Pedagogy
  • Sound studies

RILM Music Encyclopedias

RILM Music Encyclopedias is the go-to source for digitized and fully browsable and searchable music encyclopedias from around the world, with new titles added annually. Discover ways that this collection can help uncover hard-to-locate information.

Titles available include:

  • Biographical dictionary of Afro-American and African music 
  • Country Music
  • Dictionary of American classical composers
  • A dictionary of the avant-gardes
  • Encyclopedia of the American theatre organ
  • The Garland encyclopedia of world music (and its concise edition) 
  • and many other titles with entries on the local and the global 
a collection of encyclopedia covers that highlight the coverage of Black music

Index to Printed Music

The Index to Printed Music (IPM) is the digital finding aid for locating musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. IPM indexes individual pieces of music printed in the complete works of composers, anthologies of music, and other scholarly editions. IPM expands every year to include new volumes as they are added to existing sets and series and new editions as they appear on the market.

Editions relevant for the global and the local include:

  • African-American organ music anthology
  • African-American theater
  • Armenian folk songs
  • Art songs and spirituals: by African-American women composers
  • 梵唄 = Chinese Buddhist monastic chants
  • Hebräisch-orientalischer Melodienschatz / Thesaurus of oriental Hebrew melodies
  • Jewish folk songs from the Baltics: selections from the Melngailis collection
  • Piano music of Africa and the African diaspora
  • Songs from the source: Nine African folk songs

Among other features, IPM’s enhanced version offers hyperlinks of records for pieces that are available as part of open-access editions.

The organ of Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

RILM’s Local Coverage – Salt Lake City

RILM Abstracts has long covered content related to Salt Lake City in its broadest sense. This is reflected in the indexing of Salt Lake City which reveals over 3,200 relevant publications from 1946 through 2021. These records cover subjects such as instruments (especially organ), religious institutions and performance venues, choral music and singing, academic institutions, anatomy and physiology, Indigenous peoples, and many more. RILM Abstracts with Full Text includes the full-text articles from more than a dozen key journals relevant to music research on Salt Lake City, including The American music teacher, The American organist, The choral journal, and The journal of the American musical instrument society. An evolving resource, RILM Music Encyclopedias offers comprehensive coverage of the lives and works of dozens of performers, composers, and other individuals that have ties to Salt Lake City. And the Index to Printed Music helps find musical pieces that pay tribute to Utah in collections such as Collected songs. VII (1992) and Writing American Indian music: Historic transcriptions, notations, and arrangements (2002).

MGG Online

MGG Online, which resides on RILM’s platform Egret, is the preeminent encyclopedia for music researchers worldwide. With ever-expanding content, MGG offers a fresh perspective on topics ranging from popular music to the musical cultures of regions, countries, and cities, including Salt Lake City:

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