Subject Databases


Archiving Research Resources on the Web is a digital collection of research publications produced by researchers at DIT. All items in this collection are full text. This collection is being developed and is not currently a full listing.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index

1990 - Present: AHCI is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes1,100+ of the world's leading arts and humanities journal. 

Classical Music Library 

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Classical Music Library is the world¿s first streaming classical music service for libraries.Users can browse, search and organise the music in any way they choose. CSM features a catalogue of 27,000+ classical music tracks, cross-referenced to programme notes, composer biographies and images that are intuitively linked to the recordings. Classical Music Library Guide

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

Dictionary of Opera Characters  

Proquest Dissertations and Theses: Abstracts & Index

1861 - Present: Dissertation Abstracts is a database of over 1.6 million records of U.S. Doctoral and Masters thesis.
The Grove Book of Operas  

Music Database


Formerly IMP.  Coverage: International music periodicals articles, on music education, performance, ethnomusicology, musical theatre, theory, popular music forms and composition.

Index to Theses

1970 - Present: Provides abstracts of theses accepted for higher degrees by the Universities of Great Britain and Ireland.  User Guide

  IPA Source IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 4400 texts including 714 aria texts!


JSTOR (Journal Storage) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to create an archive of scholarly journals and provide access to these journals as widely as possible.  User Guide

The New Grove Book of Opera Singers  
Oxford Companion to Music  

Oxford Companion to the American Musical

With more than two thousand entries, this guide offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers, and much more

Oxford Music  Online

Oxford Music Online is a single gateway that allows users to access and cross-search The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Encyclopedia of Popular Music and Grove Music Online in one location.  User Guide
Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online contains Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Quotations, Illustrations, Timelines, and so on for a wide variety of subjects. The subject “Performing Arts” contains many reference books for the study of music and drama. These include The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, A Dictionary of Opera Characters and the Grove Book of Operas.

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Music and Performing Arts

Music & Performing Arts combines audio and video that spans all time periods, hundreds of thousands of seminal artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles to provide an unparalleled learning environment for the teaching of music. [Combines Music Online, Classical Music Library and Theatre in Video databases.]

 Répetoire International
des Sources Musicales (RISM)

The catalogue of the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) contains around 700,000 entries (mostly historical music manuscripts).The original sources are stored in the libraries, music archives, and private collections as indicated in the RISM database.

Répetoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

Provides details of music manuscripts dating from between 1600 and 1800 preserved in national, public and academic libraries in the U.K. It also holds details of some music manuscripts held in Dublin libraries.

 Répetoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM)

Irish-focused free-to-access database of pre-twentieth century musical materials held in repositories throughout the island of Ireland.

RILM Abstracts to Music Literature

An international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines, RILM contains over 140 languages, is classified by topic, and includes original-language titles; title translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in English; author, subject, and periodical indexes.

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