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MUSC 385: Research, Issues, and Methodologies in Musicology

Journal Citation

How to analyze a journal citation

Lockwood, Lewis.  "Performance and "authenticity"." Early music 19.4 (November 1991): 501-506.

The citation refers to an article in a journal.

Tip: Search QCAT by Journal Title Exact to see if Queen's Library subscribes to the journal early music.  Omit initial articles (the, an, a), if any.  Ignore punctuation and case.

Key Musicology Journals


Below are selected key musicology journals.  Many good articles will also be found in other music or interdisciplinary journals.

Check Omni under Journal Search  to see if the journal is in print or electronic format at Queen's:

19th century music
Early music history
Eighteenth-century music
Ethnomusicology; print (more up-to-date)
Journal of popular music studies
Journal of seventeenth century music
Journal of the American Musicological Society
Music & Letters
MUSICultures (formerly: Canadian journal for traditional music)
Nineteenth-century music review
Nota bene: Canadian undergraduate journal of  musicology
Perspectives of new music
Plainsong & medieval music
Popular music
Popular music and society
Popular music history
Women & music: a journal of gender and culture
World of music

Article indexes

Find citations of journal articles or book chapters on your topic in an article index or subject-related database such as RILM or Music Index Online.  Use the web proxy to access electronic journals and databases from off-campus.

Nota bene: Once you find a useful citation, search QCAT for the source journal or book title containing the article you need: i.e the title of the whole book or the whole journal in which the article can be found.

Some databases provide PDF full text articles, or contain links to the full text if it is available via other databases in our collection.

Can't find the article you need at Queen's either in print or electronically?  Try RACER, our interlibrary loan service.  But remember to start your research early!

Key Music Article Databases

Music Index Online

Publication coverage: 1970 - present (some backfile indexing for 1962-1969)
Articles from over 700 international music periodicals. Includes book, music recording, and performance reviews. Access to historiographic, ethnographic and musicological information. Topics include music personages, the history of music, forms and types of music, musical instruments from the earliest times to modern electronic instruments, and computer-produced music.
Publication coverage: 1967 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (4 user limit)
Comprehensive, scholarly, international index to music literature, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz.

Other Related Databases

Academic Search Complete (multidisciplinary index to peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, monographs and reports.  Approximately 50% of journal titles contain full-text articles)

America: History and Life Canadian resource (covers also Indigenous populations in Canada, U.S., Mexico)

ATLA Religion Database (topics include world religions, and religious perspectives on social issues)

Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America(covers Indigenous North American culture, history, and life)

Gender Studies Database (interdisciplinary topics related to gender studies, including music)

IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (areas include anthropology, art, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, race and ethnic studies, religious studies, sociology)

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance (selective articles with full-text)

JSTOR (electronic journal archive providing access to entire "backrun" of many core academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law, from v. 1 to within 2-5 years of current volume).

Oxford Reference Online - Music (Music collection component of Oxford Reference Online, a database of full-text e-book dictionaries, companions and Oxford reference works, 5-user limit)

Oxford Reference Online – Society and Culture (Society and Culture component of Oxford Reference Online, a database of full-text e-book dictionaries, companions and Oxford reference works, 5-user limit)

Political Studies @ ProQuest (searches 4 political studies databases, including IBSS, PAIS, Worldwide Political Abstracts, ProQuest Political Science)

Sociology @ ProQuest (searches 3 sociology databases simultaneously, including Sociological Abstracts, IBSS and ProQuest Sociology)

Evaluating Journal Articles

Journal articles are important as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

Consult our guide Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, to help evaluate and decide which journal articles will be useful for your essay.

Other Music Databases

 Canadian Music Periodical Index Canadian resource

Citations to articles on music in Canada dating from the late-19th century to the present day.
Classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material. Publication coverage: 15th - 21st centuries.
Part of the Canadian Encyclopedia,  supported and updated by the Historica Foundation.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (3 user limit)
Covers popular music of all genres and periods, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music as well as popular music trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Publication coverage: 1900 to present.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (3 user limit)
Full text online version of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, with updated articles date-stamped in the upper right corner of the screen.  See Oxford Music Online below.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (100 user limit)
Online listening access to more than 24,000 music recordings. NOTE: Check system requirements and settings.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (3 user limit)
Full-text, online version of Grove Music Online (which includes The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz), Encyclopedia of Popular Music, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music, with ongoing additions of new material and updates to the texts.
Access restricted to the Queen's community (5 user limit)
Audio files for published recordings owned by the non-profit Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label and more.