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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

American Music

A guide to help you begin your research and find books, articles, and special collections materials on American Music topics.


This page includes resources for finding articles about American music. We've included some suggested article databases below as well as recommendations of specific publications to check out in the next box. For more information about searching for and accessing scholarly articles through the Library, check our our guide linked below.

Suggested Databases

The best place to find scholarly articles is in one of the Library's databases. The University of Illinois subscribes to over a thousand different databases that can help you access the content you need. It can be overwhelming to know how to start searching, so we've pulled out a list of recommendations to get you started.

Music & Performing Arts Databases

Interdisciplinary Databases

Selected Journals

If you're just looking for a place to browse, check out the journals listed below. We've highlighted several publications that are particularly good for American music research.

Looking for a specific journal? Check the Library catalog or our Journal and Article Locator tool to see if we have it in print and/or online.