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Sacred Music and Hymnology

A guide to reference material, books, articles, and performance materials for sacred music.


This page includes resources for finding articles about hymns and their tunes, texts, and origins. 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.

Selected Journals

If you're just looking for a place to browse, check out the journals listed below. While articles about sacred music can be found in a wide range of journals covering music and religion, we've collected some journals that specialize in sacred music scholarship and performance to give you a place to start.

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.