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Allen Library

The Libraries are open! See our fall hours for details. 

We have extended due dates and waived fines for most materials borrowed during the Spring and Fall 2020 semesters. Log into your account to see your checkouts and due dates, or to renew materials. If you no longer need your items, please return them in person at the library. Questions? Contact us!

If you're studying or working remotely:

  • Online resources—Discover additional e-resources for online research.
  • Contact Us—Staff can assist via chat, email, or video conference.
  • ScanIt @ H—Request electronic articles and book chapters.

The Allen Library houses music and dance materials and supports The Hartt School programs. For assistance, ask a librarian or call us at 860.768.4491.

Start Your Research!

Find Books, Music, Recordings, and Plays

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Google Books—Discover keywords inside a book's full text, then search the catalog to find the entire book in the library.

Library Catalog—Find music, dance, and theatre materials in our Libraries.

WorldCat—Request books, music, and recordings from other libraries.

Online Scores—Public domain scores, mostly older editions and manuscripts.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses—Document citations, some with full text.

RILM—Citations for music and dance books, dissertations, articles, and more.

Subject Guides—Suggested resources for a variety of performing arts topics.

For additional e-resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic, see our COVID-19 Response Guide.

Find Articles (Music, Dance, and Theatre)

Already have a citation?

Search eJournal Locator for the journal title:

 Journal Title:

If we don't own a copy, request your article through Interlibrary Loan.

Looking for articles from any journal?

Music Index—Article citations from over 700 music journals.

Music Periodicals Database—Article citations from over 400 music journals.

RILM—Citations for scholarly music and dance books, articles, dissertations, and more.

JSTOR—Full-text articles from almost 100 scholarly music, dance, and theatre journals, plus other subjects. Excludes recent years.

Academic Search Premier—Article citations from all disciplines, including performing arts.

Learn about more music databases

Tools and Tips

Citation Guides

Learn to write about and cite music and other resources.

See citation guide
Interlibrary Loan

Request materials from other libraries.

Learn about ILL
Music Copyright

Find information about copyright, fair use, licensing, and more.

See music copyright

Streaming Audio

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Naxos Music Library—Our largest classical music audio database.

DRAM—Mainly classical 20th- and 21st-century American music.

Jazz Music Library—Over 60,000 jazz albums in all styles.

Smithsonian Global Sound—Folk and popular music from around the world.

See more on streaming audio

Streaming Video

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Dance in Video—Hundreds of dance videos covering ballet, jazz, contemporary, and more.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive—Jacob's Pillow dance festival videos, from the 1930s to today.

On the Boards—Contemporary dance, theatre, and music performance videos.

See more on streaming video

More Music Databases

IPA Source

Transcriptions and translations of aria/song texts. (Off-campus access spotty.)

Go to IPA Source
Music ID

Explore 60 years of music and artist rankings from 5,000+ charts in 70+ countries.

Go to Music ID
Musical America

Find jobs, festivals, and artist managers; read music industry news; and more.

Go to Musical America

More Theatre Databases

Dictionary of Literary Biography—Essays on playwrights and other literary figures.

Oxford English Dictionary—Definitions and pronunciations, useful for Shakespeare plays.

Browse all theatre databases

Featured Resource

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On the Boards

Watch full-length, high-quality dance, theatre, and music performance videos from international and US-based contemporary artists.

Connect with The Hartt School

The Hartt School
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These are just a few of the many connections between Hartt and Allen!

Allen and The Hartt School – work closely to support performing arts education.

Hartt Community Division – All students, faculty, and staff have library privileges to use physical and online resources.

Hartt Performance Library – Scores and parts for Hartt’s large performing ensembles.

Hartt Recording Studio – Hartt performance recordings, many held in Allen and Archives.