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Music: Journal articles


What is a peer-reviewed journal article?

Peer-reviewed journal articles are evaluated and critiqued by researchers and experts in the field before being published. They are high quality academic sources of information.

The best resources for finding journal articles in your field of study are highlighted on this page.

Electronic journals

We subscribe to over 42,000 unique electronic journals.

Access to e-journals on campus is normally automatic, although in some cases a username and password are required. This may be either your University central username and password, or another password stipulated by the publisher. 


You will often see a '' tab when looking through your search results in our electronic resources. This tab can be used to see if The University of Manchester Library has access to a particular article in either online or print format.

Articles not held by the library can be ordered via our Inter-Library Loan service.

If you are using Google Scholar on campus, the Findit@Manchester link will appear automatically next to your list of search results.

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Knowing where to look: your search toolkit
There are so many places to search for information to include in your academic work, it can often be difficult to know where to start. This resource explores the strengths and weaknesses of Google, Google Scholar, subject databases and Library Search, enabling you to make an informed choice when selecting where to search for information

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Databases are the best way of finding peer-reviewed articles on your topic as they index and provide access to articles from thousands of different journal titles.

The University of Manchester Library subscribes to over 400 databases but not all of these will be relevant to your subject. You can find the key databases for your subject by using the Databases tab in this guide or by accessing the Databases A-Z list.


The full range of electronic resources can be accessed through the A-Z list of electonic journals homepage.

In most cases, you will require a central username and password to access these resources off-campus.

List of journals relating to Music

  • 19th-Century Music
  • Acta Musicologica
  • Archiv fuer Musikwissenschaft
  • Bach Jahrbuch
  • Bonner Beethoven-Studien (print only)
  • Cambridge Opera Journal
  • Computer Music Journal
  • Contemporary Music Review
  • Early Music
  • Eighteenth-Century Music
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Ethnomusicology Forum
  • Journal of Musicological Research
  • Journal of Musicology
  • Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music
  • Journal of the American Musicological Society
  • Journal of the Royal Musical Association
  • Journal of the Society for American Music
  • Leonardo Music Journal
  • Music & Letters
  • Music Analysis
  • Music and the Moving Image
  • Music Theory Spectrum
  • Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
  • Musical Quarterly
  • Musical Times
  • Musikforschung, Die (print only)
  • Opera Quarterly
  • Organised Sound
  • Popular Music
  • Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle
  • Slavonica
  • Songlines (print only)
  • Studia musicologica
  • Tempo
  • Twentieth-Century Music
  • World of Music (print only)
  • Yearbook for Traditional Music 


Google Scholar

It is worthwhile carrying out a search on Google Scholar for articles relevant to your topic.

If you search Google Scholar while on campus, you'll find links to the full text articles on the Library databases via the Findit@MCR link.

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