Electronic Resources

Online Resources

Music Periodicals Database (fomerly I.I.M.P. -- International Index to Music Periodicals)

This online service is provided for the music students and faculty of the seminary. It is accessible through ProQuest.  Similar to other databases, it is bibliographic in nature and deals with periodic literature in the field of music.  Passkeys are available through the main circulation desk for ProQuest.

Classical Music

Information on music and musicians as well as access to several thousand recordings of classical music which you can listen or download (for a nominal fee).  Passkeys are available from the music librarian.

Oxford Music Online

Search the Grove Music Online (Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music.

Music Index Online

THIS DATABASE IS AVAILABLE THROUGH EBSCOHOST.  The editor-librarians at Harmonie Park Press have surveyed data from more than 700 international music periodicals. Topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music are thoroughly categorized and organized according to the framework of an internal Subject List which includes both Subject and Geographic headings. Covering all styles and genres of music, The Music Index duly cites book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians, and the music industry. [from their web site]

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology

The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology is an essential reference resource for scholars of global hymnody, with information on the hymns of many countries and languages, and a strong emphasis on the historical as well as the contemporary. The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology offers: over 4000 individual entries and more than 300 authors from over 30 countries writing on hymns of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, from the earliest years to those written today.  Contact the library for passkeys.

Online Center for Hymnological Research

A new addition to the Martin Music Library resources is the Online Center for Hymnological Research (CHR), an online digital archive of the rare hymnals in the music library collection.  Dr. Ed Steele has been the project manager and coordinator of this endeavor.  This on-going project provides PDFs of these rare documents for your perusal and research.


Find recordings, bios, and sheet music here.  Registration is free, listening is free, but you do have to pay or downloads.

Sounding Spirit

Sounding Spirit publishes historic sacred songbooks to make accessible the texts that mediate race, place, and religion in American music history and culture. A project that marries printed music of the past with digital innovation, Sounding Spirit convenes scholars, practitioners, and technologists to publish annotated facsimile editions and digital collections of sacred vernacular songbooks.

Music Dictionary Online

Music Dictionary Online's primary purpose is, in the case of non-English words and phrases, to offer translations and, more generally, and where appropriate, to offer explanations and comments about general (non-musical) and specialist (i.e. musical, etc.) terms that might be found in musical scores, books on music, web sites, CD notes, concert programmes, etc.

RISM Online (International Inventory of Musical Sources)

This database offers around 700,000 mainly manuscript sources catalogued in detail according to academic criteria. The manuscripts are currently stored in hundreds of libraries and archives around the world. They pass down to later generations the musical works of 30,000 composers. The catalogue was made possible through cooperation between the International Inventory of Musical Sources (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, /RISM/ for short), the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) and the State Library of Berlin (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin).

The database provides information not only about the dissemination of works by composers who are still well known today, but also a wealth of knowledge about those many creative musicians who were highly regarded in their day, but are currently either little known or even forgotten. This makes the database invaluable for music historians, and also makes it possible for performing musicians to "excavate" and rediscover many things.

A variety of search fields makes it possible to investigate not only according to particular composers, work titles or performance forces, but also by place and time of origin or various people like librettists, previous owners or dedicatees.  The original sources are available from the libraries, music archives, and private collections as indicated in the RISM database. These institutions can often be approached for reproductions.

The Hymn Tune Index

database contains all hymn tunes printed anywhere in the world with English-language texts up to 1820, and their publication history up to that date.


a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals

IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project)

Project for the creation of a virtual library of public domain music scores, based on the wiki principle. Since its launch on February 16, 2006, over 300,000 scores and 35,000 recordings for over 93,000 works by over 12,000 composers have been uploaded.

 Music Theory & History Online

Meant to be offer music theory and history in a unique fashion, utilizing expertise of those supporting this site.  Some topics are covered better by other, thus in these cases, web sites links are provided that do consider these topics fully. By embedding these resources from the web, we believe the method becomes much richer. You may call upon the skills of thousands of professional teachers and musicians rather than just those of a single author. The music theory resource includes a comprehensive music dictionary which is added to on a daily basis. As a companion a dictionary of composers biographical information is being developed.  In addition to the extensive introduction to music theory, there are a series of essays on music history. Highlighted topics that are easily isolated within a narrow time period are offered with  introductory remarks that may help prepare those seeking deeper insight from more substantial published works.

Canadian Music Periodical Index

CMPI is an index of articles from Canadian music periodicals. CMPI is a free service provided by the National Library of Canada. Texts of articles are not available from this site, but can be obtained through interlibrary loan at your local library. The CMPI database includes nearly 30 000 entries on articles dating from the late-19th century to the present day. 500 Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines are represented here, almost 200 of which are currently active and continue to be indexed.

Music & Dance Reference

Source for finding/listing of FREE online music journals.  In the "Simple Search" mode select "Electronic Journal" from the CATEGORY drop-down menu.

Music Education World Wide Web Resources

A site with links to music education resources on the internet.

CD-ROM Resources

  • Electronic Encyclopedia of Hymnology
  • HymnQuest 2000
  • Performing Arts in Colonial America Newspapers (1690-1783)
  • The Virtual Musician

Related Resources


EBSCOHost is an on-line service which allows the searching of about 60 bibliographic databases. Some of these databases do provide links from the bibliographic entries to a full-text, on-line documents. This service can be utilized at the library or from your home or office computer. This service is available ONLY to NOBTS students and faculty. Passkeys may be obtained by contacting the library and giving proof of your relationship to the seminary.

Christian Periodical Index (CPI)

CPI is a database which provides bibliographic access to articles and reviews from over 130 publications within a broad range of evangelical Christianity.  Academic/scholarly and professional type journals are indexed here.  This database is available through EBSCOHost. Passkeys may be obtained by contacting the library and giving proof of your relationship to the seminary.

ProQuest Dissertation Database

This is an online service for NOBTS students ONLY. Here, students may access dissertations and theses (UMI) online and even download them if desired. The URL & passkeys may be obtained by contacting the library and giving proof of your relationship to the seminary. If you experience any problems, ProQuest technical support has asked that you call them directly. Their toll free number is 1-800-889-3358. This does NOT work if you have AOL.

Research in Ministry (RIM)

This database is available at no charge on the ATLA web site. Multiple search field will access nearly 500 submissions a year representing the most current reports and theses from approximately 50 Doctor of Ministry programs accredited by the Association of Theological School in the Untied States and Canada. Bibliographic access is available by author, title, institution, and subject headings. Some abstracts are available.

TREN (Theological Research Exchange Network)

TREN is a library of over 10,000 theological dissertation/thesis titles, representing research from as many as 70 institutions offering D.Min., Th.M., M.A., and other theologically related degrees. TREN also makes available papers presented at several academic society meetings. This is a bibliographic database, but items on the TREN web site are available for purchase.

Dissertations Abroad

The following resources are available online to assist students in their dissertation research by accessing bibliographic databases for dissertation in other countries:

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