Periodical Indexes (ML 1, 118, 128)


Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums

Fellinger, Imogen. Periodica Musicalia (1789-1830) im Auftrag des Staatlichen Instituts fur Musikforschung Preubisher Kulturbesitz.

Fellinger, Imogen. "Periodicals." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Fidler, Linda M., and Richard S. James, eds. International Music Journals.

Meggett, Joan M. Music Periodical Literature: An annotated Bibliography of Indexes and Bibliographies.

Music Article Guide.

The Music Index.

Roberts, Brian A. Indices to Periodicals [1992], 2d ed.

Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory 1998, 36th ed., 5 vols.

Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums.Mainz: Schott, 1950-86 [1997]. Mus Ref ML 113 .B54

Uses: Comparable to RILM abstracts; Multi-volume series provides keyword, name and author, and title indexing to music literature (books, periodicals, festschriften, lexicons, anthologies).

Coverage: 1950-1986 (Ongoing). Indexes a broad range of music publications, including books, periodicals, festschriften, lexicons, and anthologies. Focuses on scholarly publications from Europe and North America, with some South American and Asian references as well.

Organization: The main body of each volume is organized by broad subject headings as well as subheadings. For an overview, scan the Table of Contents headings and subheadings. To search, begin with the indexes by keyword, name/author and title. These indexes provide citation numbers which are used to locate the relevant citations within the main body of the text. Recent volumes have complete citations with occasional annotations in German.

Pros: Supplements earlier citations not found in RILM (1950-67). Better coverage of foreign language materials than found in the earlier years of The Music Index.

Cons: No cumulative indexes. Approximately 10 years behind schedule.


Fellinger, Imogen. Periodica Musicalia (1789-1830) im Auftrag des Staatlichen Instituts fur Musikforschung Preubisher Kulturbesitz. Studien zur Musikgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts, band 55. Regensburg: Gustav Bosse Verlag, 1986. Mus Ref ML 117 .F43 1988

Uses: Used to identify musical scores published in music journals in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Coverage: Includes music published in European journals from 1789-1830.

Organization: It is organized alphabetically by journal and chronologically within each journal.

Each citation lists the title and composer, with journal bibliography, issue number and page number. Library locations and title changes are given. No reference to instrumentation is included, but not always needed. Addresses of publishers are given. Indexes are: pages each journal occupies, cities, composers, vocal works, and instrumental works.

Pros: Provides library locations of journals. Excellent period research. Several indexes make locating items easier.


Fellinger, Imogen. "Periodicals." In The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Publishers Limited, 1980. Mus Ref ML 100 .N48

Uses: Obtain historical overview of the development of music periodicals. Identify periodicals of a given geographic area in historical context.

Coverage: To 1980. International

Organization: Definition, nomenclature and history of periodicals. Chronological listing of, and commentary (by country or geographic area) on all major journals or periodicals. Some photographic plates. Large bibliography of related sources.

Pros: Good survey/place to begin research of periodical sources before 1981.


Fidler, Linda M., and Richard S. James, eds. International Music Journals. Historical Guides to the World's Periodicals and Newspapers Series. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1990. Mus Ref ML 128 .P242 I6 1990

Uses: Locate library holdings for specific international periodicals. Identify specific physical and historical content, and critical assessment data for a specific given periodical. Provides annotated listing of other periodical indexes.

Coverage: Includes entries for popular, folk and jazz publications.

Organization: Alphabetical, by journals' (most current) titles. Appendix for important journals since 1980. Appendix for other music indexes. Indexes of initial publication date, geography, and subject. Listings contain information on physical properties, historical issues, content profile, critical assessment and bibliography of reviewed journal.

Pros : Format is very accessible. Concise summary and assessment of listed journals.

Cons: No photographs to accompany physical descriptions.


Meggett, Joan M. Music Periodical Literature: An annotated Bibliography of Indexes and Bibliographies. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1978. Mus Ref ML 128 .P242 M43 1978

Use: Intended primarily for college and university music students as an aid to their research in music periodical literature. May also assist researchers in locating music related periodicals for use in the humanities, social sciences and etc.

Coverage: Bibliographic resources limited to the field of music (90%), with references to cross-related materials (10%). Entries include bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, and periodical literature guides from America, Germany, France and Italy.

Organization: Divided into six sections; two of these deal with the history of music periodicals, two deal with music periodical literature in non-music indexes and bibliographies, one lists music periodical indexes and bibliographies, and the last is a bibliography of lists of music periodicals. Entries in the latter sections are numbered and ordered alphabetically by bibliographic citation. Individual entries include bibliographic information only. Includes an annotated selected bibliography and two indexes: Subject Index and Title Index

Pros: A useful resource for finding reference materials prior to 1970, which have not been cataloged electronically. Annotations provide focus to searches, and help to better describe ambiguous titles, or will help direct you to the original source the material was contained in (in the case of articles and such).

Cons: Does not have a category-oriented cross-reference, which may make materials difficult to locate unless you know what you are looking for. While this reference is badly dated (1978), it does provide a window to bibliographies, lists and etc that may not be cataloged electronically (yet).


Music Article Guide. Philadelphia, Penn.: Information Services, Inc., 1965-96. Mus Ref ML 1 .M22795

Use: Indexes selected feature articles in American Music Periodicals with special emphasis on the needs of school and college music educators.

Coverage: National periodical guide—covers only American music periodicals. Covers years 1965-1996.

Organization: Main body organized alphabetically by subject and author. Citations include the date of the issue, the page number, and if illustrated (I) or not. Contains supplemental listing for each issue, allowing research by anything other than the title contents, ie. author, instrument, or other related terms. Ensures success in locating otherwise hard-to-find articles. Directory of journal publishers for journals indexed. Cumulative annual indexes provided for every 4 issues published beginning in 1990.

Pros: Contains explanatory/descriptive comments on the article. Contains cross-references to related articles. Includes practical “How-To” articles for orchestra, choral, and band directors not indexed elsewhere.

Cons: Does not index general news, reprints, and book, record, and concert reviews. Contains no international periodicals or articles. Cumulative annual indexes begin in 1990.


The Music Index. Warren, Mich.: Harmonie Park Press, 1949-98. Mus Ref ML 118 .M84 Also online:

Use: An international listing of music, periodicals, books, reviews and articles. For locating specific information on very broad musical subjects. May be used to locate information to help clarify a previously selected topic of research. A general resource for finding subject oriented information.

Coverage: World wide publications in the field of music, including journals, magazines, newsletters, some sheet music, general publications and unique circulation material (articles, reviews and notification of premieres).

Organization: Alphabetized list of specific subject headings rather than general. Articles may appear under numerous headings. Entries follow established practices wherever possible, some deviations occur. Author indexes not included, only title, subject or name of a publication. No additional navigation material present. Entries may contain names of the publication, contacts and pricing information.

Pros: May contain information related to music in any fashion (not limited to sheet music, recordings, performances and etc.). Yearly revisions of layout/structure provide greater accessibility. Entries include enough information to contact and purchase and item, or locate through alternate methods (does not include library call numbers).

Cons: Printed version surpassed by some technology (i.e. RILM online and CD-ROM, Internet, periodical databases and etc). “Subject Only” format is difficult to use. An author or name index would enhance value/usability. While information is very broad, it is by no means complete in any subject. Serves as a very general reference tool.


Roberts, Brian A. Indices to Periodicals [1992], 2d ed. Newfoundland: The Binder’s Press, 1992. Mus Ref ML 128 .P242 R62 1992

Use: Directs the user to articles published in four music periodicals: Canadian Music Educator, International Journal of Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, and Medical Problems of Performing Artists.

Coverage: Lists articles contained in three music education journals and one music medicine journal from the late 1950s through 1992.

Organization: Divided into four sections, one for each of the four journals. Within each section, articles are listed alphabetically by bibliographic entry. Minimal bibliographic information provided in each entry.

Cons: Not organized by subject. No general index. Minimal cross-referencing. Lacks abstracts.


Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory 1998, 36th ed., 5 vols. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1997. Hum Ref Z 6941 .U5 vol. 36

Uses: Directory of serials from around the world by subject. Includes all topics in addition to music. Useful for locating addresses and other publication information.

Coverage: Contains approximately 2,370 citations for music related journals. Provides serials currently available, and irregular serials and annuals. Does not include directories or government publications.

Organization: Organized by subject, then alphabetically within. An example at the beginning of each volume explains the citations. Each journal entry includes full publisher information including phone and fax numbers, addresses, and editors. Each citation also has a description of the journal including language of the journal, price, notes on the first publication, frequency of publication, and any special features. There are also separate lists for abstracts, bibliographies, serials which are published on CD-ROM or online, and controlled circulation serials. There is a quarterly CD-ROM version is called Ulrich’s on Disc not held by BYU.

Pros: New edition published annually. Extensive coverage. Extensive lists of abbreviations. Includes abstracts.



Fellinger, Imogen. Verzeichnis der Musikzeitschriften des 19. Jahrhunderts.

Gatten, Jeffrey N., comp. The Rolling Stone Index: Twenty-five Years of Popular Culture, 1967-1991.

Music Psychology Index [Originally Music Therapy Index], 3 vols.

Weichlein, William J. A Checklist of American Music Periodicals 1850-1900.

Fellinger, Imogen. Verzeichnis der Musikzeitschriften des 19. Jahrhunderts. Studien zur Musikgeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts, band 10. Regensburg: Gustav Bosse Verlag, 1968. Mus Ref ML 117 .F44

Uses: Overview of major music journals of the 19th century. Provides information on library locations and holdings.

Coverage: A single volume containing a listing of music periodicals in the 19th century (specifically, 1798-1918). Includes mainly European and North American titles, but also some South American, Asian, Australian, South African and Russian titles as well.

Organization: Main body consists of a chronological catalog of music periodicals. A typical citation includes the title, editor (if any), publisher information, and the list of library holdings throughout the world. The volume begins with a historical overview and explanation of the outline of the catalog as well as a list of bibliographies and reference works. A list of abbreviations for libraries precedes the main catalog. One can search any of the five indexes (title, editor, place of publication, publisher and printer, and subject) to obtain relevant citation numbers which can then be located in the main body.

Pros: Perhaps the best source for listing major European library holdings of 19th century music journals. Extensive worldwide coverage.


Gatten, Jeffrey N., comp. The Rolling Stone Index: Twenty-five Years of Popular Culture, 1967-1991. Popular Collector Editions. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Popular Culture, Ink., 1993. Mus Ref ML 128 .R6 R64x 1993

Use: Find Rolling Stone magazine articles about popular culture—music, politics, movies, poetry, book reviews, and people from 1967-1991.

Coverage: Rolling Stone magazine articles from November 9, 1967 through October 3, 1991.

Organization: Divided into nine sections—Articles and Columns, Book Reviews, Concert Reviews, Cover Appearances, Letters to the Editor, Movie Reviews, Poetry, Random Notes, and Record Reviews. Each section lists the subject matter (author, title, book, album or group) alphabetically. There is an index to authors and reviewers and an index to article titles.

Pros: Good source of popular culture excluded by most scholarly bibliographies.

Cons: Font is small and the references are close together. No annotations.


Music Psychology Index [Originally Music Therapy Index], 3 vols. Phoenix, Az.: The Oryx Press, 1976-84. Mus Ref ML 128 .L3 M85

Use: Pertains to the influence of music on Human Behavior. Indexes periodical articles dealing with the literature of Psychology, Psychophysiology, Psychophysics and Sociology of Music. Useful as a source of relevant bibliography for laboratory and clinical research, and for music therapy practitioners. Volumes 2 and 3 include indexes with article references from the natural and behavioral sciences, and the fine and therapeutic arts.

Coverage: Extends from 1976-1984. Index based on subject derived from the titles of the articles.

Organization: Includes a Philosophical Foundation of the Index with a diagram. Begin searching by keyword of subject or author. Individual citations include: author, title of article, periodical name, volume number, publication date, and page numbers. Also contains country of publication index, and coden list of periodical titles.

Pros: Published internationally, and contains articles in other languages. Selections chosen carefully by review.

Cons: The three volumes cover years 1976-84, and therefore lacks current research. Does not include cross-references. Citations lack author’s full first name.


Weichlein, William J. A Checklist of American Music Periodicals 1850-1900. Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, 16. Detroit: Information Coordinators, Inc., 1970. Mus Ref ML 128 .P242 W4 1970

Use: Provides alphabetical listing of American music periodicals from 1850-1900. Includes a brief topic summary, publisher information and “length of run” for each entry.

Coverage: American periodicals published from 1850-1900 only. Published in 1970. Only periodicals with text are included.

Organization: Alphabetical listing of titles, information on editors and publishers, cross-references to later titles, and sub-titles included. Chronological register and geographical distribution found in appendix. Index of editors and publishers included.

Pros: Many of the titles listed are available on microfilm. Some titles are indexed in RIPM.