Allen Library

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.

Tools and Tips

Citation Guides

Learn to write about and cite music and other resources.

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Music Copyright

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

See music copyright
Video Tutorials

Watch and learn how to find music, books, articles, and more.

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Find Books and Dissertations

Library Catalog—Find music, dance, and other materials in the Harrison Libraries.

WorldCat—Request materials from other libraries.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses—Documents in all disciplines.

LibGuides—Guides for specific topics and genres, including the performing arts.

More Music/Dance Discovery Tools

Google Books—Discover by searching inside books online, some full text.

Oxford Music Bibliographies Online—Discover books and more on a wide variety of music topics.

RILM—Discover music and dance books, dissertations, articles, and more.

Find Music and Recordings

Library Catalog—Find music and dance books, scores, and recordings in the Harrison Libraries.

WorldCat—Request materials from other libraries around the world.

Music and Dance LibGuides—Guides to resources for specific topics and instrument groups.

Streaming Audio Databases

Naxos Music Library—Our largest classical music audio database.

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

Jazz Music Library—Over 10,000 jazz albums in all styles.

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

Websites and More—A guide to more audio/video databases and websites.

More Music Discovery Tools

Hartt Composers Database - Search Hartt compositions by composer or instruments.

Hartt Performance Library - Houses parts for large ensembles.

Online Scores - Find scores online, most available for free.

Find Music and Dance Articles

Academic Search Premier—Search articles across all disciplines, including dance and music.

Grove/Oxford Music Online—Find entries from the New Grove and Oxford music encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Music Index—Search for articles from all areas of music studies.

Music Periodicals Database—Find article citations from over 400 music journals.

RILM—Discover music articles, books, dissertations, and more.

More Article Discovery Tools

eJournal Locator—Search for full text when you already have an article citation.

JSTOR—Articles from many fields, including the performing arts.

Oxford Music Bibliographies Online—Discover articles and more on a wide variety of music topics.

Top Dance/Theatre Databases

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

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

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

More dance databases—Browse all dance-related databases

More theatre databases—Browse all theatre-related databases

Featured Resource

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive

From the oldest summer dance festival in the U.S., historic and recent performances in a wide range of styles, interviews with artists, multimedia essays, and more.