RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967-Present Only)

Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, this extensive music bibliography features citations, abstracts and subject indexing. With coverage spanning 1967 to the present, it facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. RILM is the first stop for the researcher who wants clear, verified bibliographic information.

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Content Includes

  • More than 810,000 records with new content added monthly
  • Articles from more than 10,000 journals
  • More than 48,000 new records added annually

Subjects Include

  • Composition
  • Dramatic arts
  • Dance studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz studies
  • Musicology
  • Music analysis
  • Music iconography
  • Music librarianship
  • Music pedagogy
  • Music perception
  • Music therapy
  • Organology
  • Performance practice
  • Popular music studies

Interdisciplinary Subjects Include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Folklore
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Performance studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Women's studies

Detailed Coverage of a Wide Variety of Publications and Media

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967-Present Only) features as wealth of content covering traditional music, popular music and classical music. Updated monthly, the database includes coverage of relevant articles from thousands of journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music.

In addition to journal articles, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967-Present Only) covers a variety of publication and media types including essay collections, conference proceedings, critical editions of music, digital media, dissertations, monographs, online resources, reference materials, reviews, and technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.

International Content

Citations in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967-Present Only) represent publications in 171 languages, originating in 174 countries. Titles of works are translated into English, and the majority of records have English abstracts. Increasingly, records also feature abstracts in the original language of publication. Roman and non-roman scripts are also represented in RILM. 


Bring the full force of RILM’s international database and powerful search techniques to bear on your music research projects.