RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a comprehensive music bibliography featuring citations, abstracts, and subject indexing. It provides broad yet detailed coverage and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. From hip hop to Händel, from ethnomusicology to music therapy, from elementary music education to advanced music theory, RILM is the first stop for the researcher who wants clear, verified bibliographic information that is fully cited, abstracted, and indexed.
RILM'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 over 950 journals comprehensively and has located music-related articles in over 11,000 non-music journals. RILM includes over 620,000 records and over 30,000 new records are added every year. 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, and technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.
Citations in RILM represent publications in 214 languages, originating in 151 countries. Titles of works are translated into English, and the majority of records have English abstracts. An increasing number of records also feature abstracts in the language of publication. Roman and non-roman scripts are also represented in RILM.
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