RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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A Comprehensive Music Bibliography Providing Broad and Detailed Coverage of Music Literature

Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, this comprehensive music bibliography features citations, abstracts, and subject indexing. It facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. From hip hop to Händel, from ethnomusicology to music therapy, from elementary music education to advanced music theory, RILM is the first stop for the researcher who wants clear, verified bibliographic information.

RILM Overview

Detailed Coverage of a Wide Variety of Publications and Media

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature features a wealth of content from the early 1800s through the present with some content coverage extending back as far as the late 18th century. Updated monthly, the database includes coverage of relevant articles from thousands of journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music.

In addition to journal articles, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature covers a variety of publication and media types including essay collections, conference proceedings, critical editions of music, digital media, dissertations, monographs, online resources, reference materials, reviews, and technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.

International Content

Citations in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature represent publications in 171 languages, originating in 174 countries. Titles of works are translated into English, and the majority of records have English abstracts. Increasingly, records feature abstracts in the original language of publication. Roman and non-roman scripts are also represented in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Bring the full force of RILM’s international database and powerful search techniques to bear on your music research projects.


" [RILM] stands as an essential bibliographic source for music literature and a model of international scholarly cooperation."

Mark McKnight, University of North Texas, published in Fontes Artis Musicae 52/1.