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 you can connect off-campus through the CWRU VPN Client or EZ Proxy/Single Sign On. 

Please note: if you are on the CIM campus and not using a Library computer, please use the WiFi called CIM Wireless to connect to CIM Library databases. 

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Music Research Databases

IPA Source

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. 

Music Index

Music Index database provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts covering every aspect of classical and popular music.

Orchestral Music Online

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

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 Dissertations and Theses 

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 full text and Abstracts of Music Literature

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.

The Diction Police

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

Classical Music Library

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 (Database of Recorded American Music)

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.

Met Opera on Demand

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 Library

Naxos Music offers catalogues or selected recordings of over 800 labels, standard and specialist repertoire, cover artwork, artist biographies and more.

Naxos Video Library

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

Opera in Video has 500 hours of opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.

Smithsonian Global Sound

The Smithsonian Global Sound is a virtual encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions.


Other Research Databases

Ebsco research databases

EBSCO is the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries of all kinds

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.

Project MUSE

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.


Career Resources

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection

Get online access to 3,000 opportunities in music and arts administration. Note: See Library Staff for access information.

Musical America

Read daily news reports and reviews related to performing arts around the world. 

Opera America

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.