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Women in Classical Music: Research

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General Resources

Books (selections)

Music Reference Databases

Journals (selections)

Journals are a great place to learn from experts about the most recent developments in a particular field.
Search articles online or browse the Allen Library current periodicals (near the Allen entrance). See especially:

Journal Article Databases

thinkerLibrary databases provide citations for articles, book chapters, and more. Most articles/chapters focus on a narrow and specific topic, so they are great for deeper research. To get started:

  1. Choose a database.
  2. Search for keywords such as genres, topics, names of people, etc.
  3. Limit your results by date, language, and more with the the left-hand menu on the results page.

Need more help?

See our Article help page for step-by-step instructions and videos to help you search databases and find full-text articles. And you can always ask a librarian for individual help.

Music Article Databases


Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more books about women composers

Search subjects in the catalog...
Music by women composers > Analysis, appreciation
Music by women composers > History and criticism
Women composers

...or search for specific composers, for example:
Beach, Amy 
Hensel, Fanny Mendelssohn
Hildegard of Bingen
Price, Florence
Schumann, Clara 
Seeger, Ruth Crawford

Don't know what names to search? See the Repertoire page.


Books in the Allen Library (selections)

Find more books about women musicians

Search subjects in the catalog...
Women musicians

...or search for specific musicians, for example:
Anderson, Marian
Clarke, Rebecca
Levy, Sara
Schumann, Clara 

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Find Full Text Articles

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 Journal Title:

Need help? See our article help page or ask a librarian.


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