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Libraries and library resources: RILM - Abstracts of Music Literature

Date: Fri, 05 Jul 1996 20:42:33 -0600 (CST)
From: Dean McIntyre
Subject: RILM Abstracts of Music Lit Now On Line
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I forward this exiting news from MLA-List, just received today. This is
truly wonderful and exciting news to anyone involved in any kind of deep,
serious music research on the net. Anyone working on theses or
dissertations -- add this to your research.

Dean McIntyre

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Tam Dalrymple +1-614-761-5054
Nita Dean +1-614-761-5002


DUBLIN, Ohio, July 3, 1996--RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, a
comprehensive database of music bibliography, is now available on the
FirstSearch service and the EPIC service, OCLC online reference services.

Published by the Repertoire International de Literature Musicale, RILM is
an international bibliography of scholarly writings on music and related
disciplines in 202 languages, including original language titles; title
translations in English; full bibliographic information; abstracts in
English; author, journal, and subject indexes.

RILM offers broad, international coverage and concise abstracts. All
formats of scholarly works are included--articles, books, bibliographies,
catalogs, dissertations, films and videos, conference proceedings and
more. Concert reviews, recording notes and pedagogical manuals are also
included if they are of scholarly interest. Areas of coverage encompass
historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice,
librarianship, dance, music therapy and various other fields as they
relate to music, including literature, dramatic arts and visual arts as
well as anthropology, sociology, philosophy and physics.

An additional feature of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature particularly
valuable to scholars is its in-depth indexing. All records are thoroughly
indexed by names and subjects covered in each bibliographic entry.

"RILM is the largest bibliography of music literature in the world, and the
only one that abstracts all types of published materials," said Barbara
Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM's editor-in-chief. "Its international coverage
ensures scholars, students and musicians of finding virtually all sources on
any topic they are researching."

The RILM database contains approximately 200,000 records from 1969 through
1992. Records from 1993 will be added soon. The database will be updated

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature will be available by subscription as well
as per-search on the FirstSearch service.

"RILM serves as a terrific complement to the OCLC Online Union Catalog,"
said John Sullivan, OCLC director of online reference services. "The OCLC
Online Union Catalog, WorldCat on the FirstSearch service, contains records
of more than 900,000 sound recordings and 700,000 music scores." Mr.
Sullivan also noted that OCLC worked closely with RILM and music librarians
on indexing specifications for this database.

Established in 1966 under the joint sponsorship of the International
Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries,
Archives, and Documentation Centers, RILM was the pilot project of the
interdisciplinary Bibliographic Center planned by the American Council of
Learned Societies. In 1989, the International Council for Traditional Music
added its sponsorship. RILM is headquartered at the City University of New

OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit computer library service
and research organization whose computer network and services link more than
22,000 libraries in 63 countries and territories. More information is
available at the OCLC Web site