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Specialized periodicals
Electronic periodical library

This is an overview of electronic specialized periodicals with notes how to access them (free web access, HU intranet) as well as links to the particular periodicals.

Specialized databases
Database information system DBIS: Musicology

This is an overview of specialized databases which can be sorted according to their profile (database of essays, full text, reference etc.) and their respective access URLs.

Important sources for the subject of Musicology
Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums Online

- International bibliography of Musicology

This is the continuation of the collection which was published in print until 1988. The bibliography includes the evidence of essays, periodicals, reviews, books, music supplies and sound carriers.

Online Contents SSG Musikwissenschaft

available on the HU intranet, essay database of periodicals for musicology (basically since 1994)


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

available on the HU intranet, index to international literature on musicology and related disciplines

RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals

available on the HU intranet, international database of periodicals covering 19th century musicology (1800-1950), reviews of various periodicals from 1800 until 1950

Repertoire International des Sources Musicales

index to international music sources, including handwritten and printed scores, papers on music and textbooks form libraries, archives, monastries and private collections

Oxford Music Online

available on the HU intranet, combines the databases Grove Music Online[online edition of the music thesauri  he New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd Edition), The New Grove Dictionary of OperaThe New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd Edition), The Oxford Companion to Music andThe Oxford Dictionary of Music

Handwörterbuch der musikalischen Terminologie

In detailed monographs, the reference book deals with the origin and meaning of musical terms  by processing them comprehensively and presenting them lexically.

Supra-regional library holdings
Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Musikwissenschaft (ViFaMusik)

Other sources of information and support for the subject search
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Regional specialized libraries

Sondersammelgebiet Musikwissenschaft Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Books of the special collection field may be searched at the catalogues of the Bavarian State Library.

Deutsches Musikarchiv

open access collection of the German Musicology Archives since 1984 which lists music supplies and sound carriers published in Germany.

Berliner Lautarchiv

The Berlin Sound Archives are historical acoustic archives. They hold a considerable collection of Schellack records, partly with unique voice and sound recordings of the early acoustic recording technology. The Archives are housed in the department of Musicology at the Institute of Media Sciences of the HU. Since 1997 is has been part of a project for the indexing of scientific collections at the Humboldt University which is coordinated by the 'Hermann von Helmholtz Zentrum für Kulturtechnik'.

Scientific research centres and archives

Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung

Deutsches Musikinformationszentrum

Deutsches Musikgeschichtliches Archiv

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