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Just Released: RILM Music Encyclopedias

Monday, 2 March 2020

RILM Music Encyclopedias is now available on RILM’s innovative platform, Egret, offering advanced, custom-designed search and browse capabilities to aid music researchers in finding material relevant to their interests.

This full-text compilation of music reference works grows annually with the addition of new titles. The collection currently includes 57 titles published from 1775 to the present and comprises over 330,000 entries, offering unprecedented federated searching. This extensive global resource is designed to meet the teaching, learning, and research needs of the international music community.

Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Executive Director and President of Répertoire International de Littérature Musical states:

RILM Music Encyclopedias aligns with RILM’s commitment to providing invaluable and intuitive resources for music researchers. The platform it resides on, Egret, realizes the potential of what a virtual reference shelf can be, complete with tools for interacting with the data in powerful ways, from data sorting options to built-in annotation and citation tools”.

RILM Music Encyclopedias provides comprehensive encyclopedic coverage of fields and subject areas in musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory, 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, Portuguese, Slovak, and Spanish. 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 currently include:
* Elegant and intuitive article display with a wide array of article navigation tools
* Instant translations from the original language into over 100 languages through an integrated Google Translate feature
* Sortability of most works lists, bibliographies, discographies, and other lists
* User accounts in which annotations can be created, saved, and shared
* Links to related content in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, MGG Online, and other resources

RILM Music Encyclopedias is available at

To sign up for a free trial and for institutional subscriptions, please contact Naomi Perley at

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