If your topic crosses multiple subject areas or if you just want to get a broader context for your topic beyond the world of music, consider exploring a non-music-specific database. Here are a few suggestions for getting started:
Still not sure when to look beyond your discipline? Here's an example to help you think through when your research might benefit from interdisciplinary resources. Let's say you're interested in protest music. What resources should you consult?
Whatever your topic, try casting a wide net and exploring how different academic disciplines might help enrich your research.
If your research interest crosses multiple humanities or social science disciplines like history, women's and gender studies, or education, check out the recommendations below.
If your research interest has to do with acoustics, physics of music, computers in music, or a similar subject, check out Scopus.
Sometimes you will need to reference materials older than those contained in the standard music journal databases. Below you'll find a few best bets if you are searching for historical information about composers and their music.