RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature™ Available from EBSCO

~ Extensive Collection of Music Literature Published Before 1967 Now Available on EBSCOhost® ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 26, 2013 — Music researchers have a new resource to turn to for historical music studies. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, Inc (RILM) introduce, RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature, a comprehensive music bibliography that covers music literature as far back as the early 1800s. The database is similar in scope and format to RILM Abstracts of Music Literatureand covers music material published before 1967.

RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature offers nearly 20,000 records, including music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through 1966 as well as articles published in Festschriften, honoring music scholars, from 1840 through 1966. Content also includes articles in anniversary volumes published in honor of musicians and composers dating back to the 18th century. Journal articles are the next priority for updates; hundreds will be abstracted and indexed every month going forward. Other document types will follow.

EBSCO has become the quintessential provider of music research resources with a complete music collection of databases covering the spectrum of music sources, genres and time periods from the 17th century through the present day. Due to the extensive coverage span in each database, customers subscribing to RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, and RIPM Retrospective to Index to Music Periodicalswill have cross-searchable indexing to over two centuries of music literature.

Additional music coverage is also available in The Index to Printed Music, Music Catalog-Library of Congress, RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600, International Bibliography of Theatre & Danceand International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text. The breadth of music-related databases available on EBSCOhost is substantial; these resources complement one another and provide researchers with extensive coverage from renowned sources all on one platform.   

About RILM
RILM has been a leader in supporting worldwide music scholarship since 1967, has the backing and participation of the three major international scholarly music societies (International Musicological Society; International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres; and International Council for Traditional Music), commands a central position in the global music research ecosystem via national RILM committees in some 50 countries and subscribers in 42 countries on six continents, and is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. For more information, visit the RILM website at

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books.  EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 420,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
EBSCO Information Services
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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