RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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

Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, this comprehensive music bibliography features citations, abstracts and subject indexing. It provides broad yet detailed coverage, and 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 that is fully cited, abstracted, and indexed.

RILM Overview

Detailed Coverage of a Wide Variety of Publications and Media


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature’s coverage spans 1967 to the present, and the database is updated monthly. Since its first publication in 1967, RILM has covered articles in over 10,000 journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music. RILM includes over 800,000 records, and over 50,000 new records are added every year.

Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.

International Content

Citations in RILM 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 also feature abstracts in the original language of publication. Roman and non-roman scripts are also represented in RILM. 
Bring the full force of RILM’s international database and powerful search techniques to bear on your music research projects.