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MUS 365 - History of Western Music III: Databases

Resources and Information for Researching Western Music from the Contemporary Period (1900 to the present)


The databases listed to the right are mostly subscription databases which the library has paid for to provide you with the most credible and authoritative information possible.

Many of the databases are not focused exclusively on music, but contain a good deal of music-related material within their interdisciplinary content.

Music Databases - How To

Music databases often have unique ways of searching and organizing their data. Here are some tips:

Oxford Music Online (Grove)

Naxos Music Library

  • You can search the Naxos database directly or search the library catalog for the music and limit to Online Resources. Both will get you to CDs in Naxos.
  • Look for a CD with the Naxos label that has the work you are looking for. Then on that CD's page, use the "Booklet" link in the left sidebar to view the CD liner booklet.

Daniels' Orchestral Music Online

  • Search or browse by composer, then pick their work off the list
  • With the entry for each composition, you can find the date of the first performance, the duration (how long the piece is), the original instrumentation, and other notes and details

Historical Newspapers

Music Databases

The first group of databases is the core list for this subject.

Search@UW will look at the following databases: Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, OneFile (Gale), JSTOR, Project Muse, and others.

The following databases, while not focusing exclusively on music, may also be useful.

Off Campus Access

Most of our research databases require users to log in with their UWL credentials. When you are asked for a username and password:

  • Students: In the username box, enter your UWL NetID. Example: lastname.firs (Most UWL NetID user names follow this format: first 8 letters of your last name followed by a dot (.) followed by the first 4 letters of your first name.)
  • Faculty: In the username box, enter your UWL NetID. Example: Flastname Most Faculty and Staff UWL NetID user names follow this format: first name initial followed by the last name.)
  • Emeritus: In the username box, enter your NetID. Example: Flastname or lastname.firstname. In the password box, enter your two digit birth month, two digit birth day@UWL. Example: 0929@uwl
  • DO NOT include or as part of your username. In the password box, enter your UWL NetID password.
  • Remember, you will use the exact same user name and login as you use to login to Canvas and in GCA Computer Labs - your NetID.

Music History