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Jazz Research: Article and Streaming Audio Databases

Databases for Jazz Research

The ones the library has are Music Index, RILM, and RIPM. All of them cite articles, and all of them link to full text of many articles. You can access these from this guide. You can also access them from the library home page by clicking the Database tab and entering their titles in the search box. However, not all relevant journals are available electronically. If you want the best or most relevant articles, you may sometimes need to come to the library to access print journals or print books of essays.

Please note: The databases listed below are products to which our library subscribes. If you are not on a campus computer, you must go in through our website, to get the free access to which all UNT people are entitled. Authorized UNT users are allowed to access all of our subscription databases remotely by providing EUIDs and passwords.

As you use our music-specific databases to identify articles pertinent to your research, if full text is not provided, then search the sources of these articles in our ONLINE CATALOG to see if we have them. The sources to search will usually be journal titles, but may also be book titles.



The following list is in order of importance for jazz research:

Music Index

Indexes hundreds of music journals and magazines from many different countries, and provides full text of many articles. The database covers the years from 1970 to the present, but it originated as a print publication in 1949. It has always included all kinds of music, so it is particularly important for jazz research. Print issues not included in the database (1949-1969) are available on the music reference shelves.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature 

A vast international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. It covers music journals and other scholarly writings such as books of essays. It began as a print publication in 1967, providing citations and abstracts of articles. The database now has full text of over 300,000 articles. Although its former focus was historical musicology, it now includes fields such as jazz and popular music.


Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals 1800-1950. Published through the International Musicological Society, International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, and UNESCO’s International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies. This full-text database is similar in purpose to RILM, but covers a different time period. Its jazz-related articles from European and Latin American journals are notable. 

​RIPM Jazz Periodicals NEW!

Full text of many historically significant American jazz journals and magazines
IMPORTANT NEWS: Issues of Down Beat from 1934-1963 are available electronically for the first time ever through this database.



Naxos Music Library Jazz

Naxos Music Library Jazz offers a wide range of jazz music, from jazz legends to contemporary jazz. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented. It is produced by the Naxos company, which was originally a bargain classical music record label that later achieved great success with its forward-looking classical streaming audio service Naxos Music Library

Music Online: ​Popular Music Library 

From Alexander Street Press. Provides a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music. From the site's interface you can search all of the content from Alexander Street Press, which includes world music of possible relevance for jazz research.

Music Online: American Music

Formerly more accurately called American Song, from Alexander Street Press. A vast collection of American songs including African-American music, blues, rhythm and blues, and many more genres. 

Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries 

From Alexander Street Press. An online streaming music database of the world's musical and aural traditions. The database includes 2,900+ albums, comprising over 42,000 tracks. It includes the published recordings owned by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and the archival audio collections of numerous influential labels and recording pioneers. There is much jazz material.

Grove Music Online

The electronic version of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, incorporating the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz




Full text of journal articles from a large number of disciplines; provides backfiles of articles from years past for many important journals in music



A vast online catalog citing items owned by thousands of libraries around the world, with information on which libraries own them; includes entries for musical scores and sound recordings; cites journal holdings, but does not provide article access. 
Use this resource to initiate inter-library loan requests for books and scores we do not have. When you find an entry for a specific item you need, click on the ILL link you will find there to launch your request with our inter-library loan department.
Few libraries lend sound recordings due to their fragility. However, it is permissible to request them in case a lender can be found. 
For anyone familiar with OCLC, WorldCat is the OCLC Online Union Catalog.  
This is not a full-text database.
Please note:  There is also a free version of WorldCat at
If you use the free WorldCat on a UNT computer, it will include links to our inter-library loan service.
If you enter your ZIP code on the free WorldCat, it will tell you how many miles you would have to travel to the libraries that have the items you want.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (electronic version of earlier print resource Dissertation Abstracts)

Bibliographic citations for doctoral dissertations and master's theses in all fields completed at numerous accredited colleges and universities worldwide, with emphasis on U.S. schools; abstracts included from 1980 forward; now includes full text of over one million dissertations.

Academic Search Complete

Database providing full-text journal coverage for thousands of journals in diverse academic disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. Useful for inter-disciplinary research.

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