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Doing Historical Research in Music: Online Databases

Searching reviews in online databases


Because reviews are often untitled and sometimes unsigned, they are best searched using the following strategy:

  • Enter the composer's name, and keyword(s) of the work's title.
  • Select the broadest available search type ("Text", "Abstract", etc.).
  • Some databases will allow you to limit specifically to reviews, or to a range of dates (for instance, starting with the premiere), or to music-related publications.


Too few results?

Try broadening your search:

  • Use the composer's name only.
  • Eliminate the reviews limit, to extend the search to all types of articles.


Full text not available?

  • Search the journal's title in the Library's catalog, to see if we own it in print or microtext.
  • If we don't own it, you may want to submit an interlibrary loan request for a copy of the review.


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