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RILM Music Encyclopedias: Ever More Accessible

In early 2020 RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) will be available on RILM’s innovative platform, offering advanced, custom-designed search and browse capabilities to aid researchers in finding material relevant to their interests.

RILM Music Encyclopedias (RME) is a full-text compilation of reference works that grows annually with the addition of new titles. The collection includes over 50 titles published from 1775 to the present and comprises over 300,000 entries, offering unprecedented federated searching. This extensive global resource is designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community.

RME provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of core disciplines and subject areas, among them pop and rock, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound, and women composers. Its content spans multiple countries and languages—currently English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Greek, Slovak, Spanish, and Portuguese. Searches can be performed within a specific encyclopedia or across the entire collection, saving users considerable time and effort and revealing information in unexpected places.

Features will include:
• The ability to sort most works lists, bibliographies, discographies, and other lists
• A bilingual English/German interface
• Instant translation from the original language into over 100 languages through Google Translate integration
• User accounts in which annotations can be created, saved, and shared
• Links to related content in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature and other resources
• An interface compatible with mobile and tablet devices

Institutions that sign up for a free 30-day trial before 1 February 2020 will receive two complimentary months of access when they sign up for an initial 12-month subscription. For further information, please contact us at