RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only)

RILM is a comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and subject indexing. Types of publications and media covered by RILM include: collections of essays, conference proceedings, critical editions of music, digital media, dissertations, journal articles, monographs, online resources, reference materials, reviews, technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature’s coverage spans 1967 to the present, and the database is updated monthly. However, the documentation of conference proceedings goes back to 1835, and further retrospective coverage is planned. Since its first publication in 1967, RILM has covered articles in over 11,000 journals, many of which are not specifically devoted to music. RILM includes over 700,000 records, and over 40,000 new records are added every year.

Main Subject Coverage Includes:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Dance Studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • Musicology
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Iconography
  • Music Librarianship
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Perception
  • Music Therapy
  • Organology
  • Performance Practice
  • Popular Music Studies


Coverage Dates:
1967 - present; updated monthly