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Musical Theatre: Databases & Journal Articles

Introduction: Library Databases for Music and Interdisciplinary Research

This page contains information about the major databases for music literature, as well as other interdisciplinary and subject-specific databases that may be useful for your research. For more database options, please see the instructions provided in this guide for using the libraries' A-Z Databases tool.

Music Databases

General Databases

A-Z Databases

Looking for another database?

The libraries' A-Z Database list is an excellent resource for identifying appropriate databases for your research. This tool gives you the option to view the libraries' databases by subject, database type, and publisher. If you have a specific database or keyword in mind, you can enter this information in the search bar. To find databases on a specific subject, click the arrows next to "All Subjects" to view the options.

screenshot of A-Z Database page on the University of Alabama library website showing the expanded subject options

Using Scout

Scout simultaneously searches the library catalog, databases of scholarly work (i.e. JSTOR and RILM), electronic collections (i.e. HathiTrust), streaming media (i.e. Naxos and Alexander Street Press), and much more. Because Scout casts a wide net, many students like to use it as a starting point for their research. While Scout may be useful as you begin gathering resources, please note that you will probably need to search the appropriate subject databases to adequately covered your topic.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

If an item is not available at the University of Alabama libraries, you may request it through ILLiad, our InterLibrary Loan system. Visit the libraries' ILLiad page and login with your myBama username and password to make a request.