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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Music: Databases & Articles

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Music

Using Databases

The UMW Libraries subscribe to more than 200 databases.

In these databases, you'll find...

  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • scholarly journals
  • books
  • videos
  • and other valuable information sources

Most of our databases, but not all, are included in Quest.

Music Databases

Other Useful Databases

Magazines vs. Journals

Magazines are periodicals that are generally popular in nature, unlike journals, which are usually more scholarly and specialized.  Here are some differences between the two:

  Appearance

Magazine: Glossy; pictures often in color.
Journal: More serious look; few pictures, if any.

♦  Content

Magazine: Current events; general interest. 
Journal: More specialized; research topics.

♦  Audience

Magazine: General public.
Journal: Scholars and researchers in a particular field.

♦  Style

Magazine: Written for the average reader.
Journal: Written for others in the field; shows research.

♦  Foot / Endnotes and Bibliographies

Magazine: Few notes, if any.  No bibliographies.
Journal: Includes notes and sometimes bibliographies.

♦  Advertisements

Magazine: Many ads, often in color. 
Journal: Few or no ads.  If any, they are usually for books.

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