A Global, Multidimensional Resource for Music Researchers

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text features content from over 40 countries and published from the early 20th century to the present. Most coverage commences with the first issue of the journal and includes cover-to-cover full text for every included title.

In addition to scholarly articles and reviews, the database includes obituaries, editorials, correspondence, advertisements, news items, and more.

Unique and Pertinent Content for Music Research

Through a rich collection of the most relevant publications, including journals that are not available elsewhere online, this resource provides both broad yet specialized coverage of music and music-related disciplines and fields.

Subjects Include

  • Musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Theory
  • Instruments
  • Pedagogy
  • Performance
  • And other music topics

    Content in Dozens of Languages Including

    • Afrikaans
    • Bosnian
    • Catalan
    • Chinese
    • Croatian
    • Czech
    • Dutch
    • English
    • Estonian
    • French
    • German
    • Greek
    • Hungarian
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Lithuanian
    • Polish
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Serbian
    • Slovak
    • Slovene
    • Spanish
    • Swedish
    • Turkish

    Includes the Complete RILM Abstracts of Music Literature Bibliography and Index

    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature continues to serve as the comprehensive, ongoing database of publications on music from countries and territories around the world, in over 140 languages, and from the 19th century to the present.

    Featuring over a million bibliographic records, this database includes in-depth vocabulary-controlled indexing and detailed abstract texts, with titles given in both the original language and English translation. RILM's broad international coverage and concise abstracts distinguish it from all other music references. No other online music resource has comparable indexing and full-text coverage.

    Indexed Content Types Include

    • Books and monographs
    • Bibliographies
    • Catalogues
    • Critical editions of music
    • Digital media
    • Dissertations
    • Electronic resources
    • Essay collections
    • Ethnographic recordings
    • Films and videos
    • Iconographies
    • Reference materials
    • Reviews
    • Sound recordings
    • Technical drawings of instruments

    Visit the RILM website for a complete list of titles included in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text.