Robinson Music Library provides access to many significant online resources related to the study of music. A comprehensive list of research databases across all disciplines is maintained by the Kelvin Smith Library. The links below represent the subscription databases to which Robinson Music Library subscribes. These resources can be accessed on the CIM/CWRU campus or remotely with the CWRU VPN.
Please note: if you are on the CIM campus and not using a Library computer, use the following WiFi for access:
- CIM Wireless (connects to CIM Library databases)
- Case Wireless (connects to Case Library databases)
Music Research Databases
IPA Source offers a collection of transcriptions and literal translations of opera aria, art song, and Latin liturgical texts. The resource features recordings of selected texts and a guide to resources for the vocal performer.
This resource indexes the contents of 850 music periodicals from 1978 to the present, as well as dissertations in music.
Orchestral Music Online provides information about the instrumentation of over 4,500 compositions, and offers details about composers, names of individual movements, and more.
Oxford Music Online, home of Grove Music Online, is an online music encyclopedia, offering coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship. Grove Music Online offers over 57,000 articles written by over 6,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe.
ProQuest is a collection of dissertations and theses, with over a million full-text dissertations available for download and over 2.1 million titles available for purchase.
RILM is an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related disciplines. All scholarly works are indexed (articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, etc.).
SingersBabel offers tools to learn the meaning and pronunciation of texts found in oratorios, secular and sacred choral music, cantatas, art songs and song cycles.
Diction Police provides singers with a comprehensive set of tools for the study and application of lyric diction. Their philosophy centers on hearing the sounds of foreign languages delivered by native speakers who are also professional singers or coaches with a practical understanding of the intricacies of singing language.
Streaming Music/Video Databases
The Classical Music Library is a multi-label database of recordings. The database features over 74,000 albums representing a wide range of labels.
DRAM offers a collection of sound recordings documenting American music. Works can be browsed by work, album or track titles, as well as by artist roles, and date of recording and composition.
This is an online streaming resource of the Metropolitan Opera, featuring more than 575 full-length Met performances. Features current HD broadcasts as well as historic audio recordings.
Naxos Music offers catalogues or selected recordings of over 800 labels, standard and specialist repertoire, cover artwork, artist biographies and more.
Naxos Video presents streaming videos of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Over 2,800 full-length videos are available. Ask at the circulation desk for the current username and password.
Opera in Video has 500 hours of opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.
The Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.
Other Research Databases
This database has more than 5,300 full-text periodicals including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition, this database offers indexing and abstracts for several publications. This scholarly collection offers full text coverage of information in many areas of academic study.
On LexisNexus, locate a wide range of news, business, legal, medical, and reference information. The service covers newspapers, magazines, wire services, court opinions, and more.
At NewsBank, find full text PDF images of the Cleveland Plain Dealer from April 1845 to the 1990's (issues are being added gradually).
The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.
Project Muse is a full text database covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, gender studies, and more.
Get online access to 3,000 opportunities in music and arts administration. Note: See Library Staff for access information.
Read daily news reports and reviews related to performing arts around the world.
Learn from emerging opera leaders and read about recent research and data that sheds light on various aspects of the field. Note: See Library Staff for access information.