1. Library

Resources and Forms

Dig deeper by taking advantage of our curated list of resources we’ve compiled just for you.

Our own databases, as well as those of other institutions and organizations, have made it easy for SFCM students to locate any specific piece of information they seek in their musical endeavors.

Library Forms

For semester check-outs, interlibrary loan requests, new item purchase requests, or research assistance fill out the appropriate form.

Free San Francisco Public Library Card

The San Francisco Public Library, located just three blocks away from the Conservatory, offers remote access to many online databases, including JSTOR, Academic Search Complete (EBSCO), and full-text journals not available at the Conservatory. All you need is ID and proof of residence in California. Click here to get your card.

SFCM Databases

Audio and Video Streaming
Music Reference Tools
Citation Resources

Internet Resources

Lyrics and Song Search
Archives and Indexes

Audio and Video Streaming    

Met Opera on Demand: Student Access
Enjoy more than 500 extraordinary Met performances—including dozens of Live in HD productions, classic telecasts from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, and hundreds of radio broadcasts dating back to 1935—anytime on your computer and iPad with the Met's subscription streaming service.

Naxos Music Library (Audio)
Thousands of audio tracks! Includes classical music as well as jazz, new age, educational.           

Music Reference Tools

Cambridge Companions Online
Cambridge Companions Online brings together subject-based collections of Cambridge titles, making them available together online for the first time.

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle is published every weekday and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe. The Chronicle's website features the complete contents of the latest issue; daily news and advice columns; thousands of current job listings; an archive of previously published content; vibrant discussion forums; and career-building tools such as online CV management, salary databases, and more.

Music Periodicals Database (via ProQuest)
Music Periodicals Database provides indexing and abstracts for several hundred international music periodicals from over 20 countries, plus full text for more than 140 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes over 1.3 million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of publication. Some complete journal runs are included, with indexing back to 1874.

IPA Source
Online since 2003, IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. Now with over 6066 titles!

Daniels' Orchestral Music Online
Orchestral Music Online is the most recent iteration of David Daniels's classic repertoire reference work used by conductors, orchestras, musicians, and musicologists throughout the world. This new online version, based on the critically acclaimed fourth edition of the printed reference work Orchestral Music: A Handbook (2005, Scarecrow Press), provides greater and easier access to more information on composers and works.

Oxford Music Online
Covers all aspects of music, including composers, performers, terminology, musical genres and forms. (Includes: New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and New Grove Dictionary of Opera.) 

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (via EBSCO)
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music serving the global music research community. Today RILM has over 600,000 records in 214 languages from 151 countries.       

Citation Resources

Chicago Manual of Style (including Quick Guide)
Completely searchable and easy to use, The Chicago Manual of Style Online provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices for the digital age. Now offering the full contents of the 16th and 15th editions, it is the must-have reference for everyone who works with words.


There are many resources that allow you to view scores online. We’ve listed a few here to get you started.

A-R editions' Online Music Anthology
A-R Editions' Online Music Anthology is an extensive collection of examples designed expressly for music history courses. A-R's Online Music Anthology contains many more pieces than print anthologies, all newly engraved and available online by subscription. (A-R offers complimentary access to instructors, pending approval of their requests.) Instructors can adapt the contents of the Online Music Anthology for use in a variety of courses, like any print anthology, but as an online resource, it is more powerful.     

Hathi Trust
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Database of public domain scores for downloading and printing.

NMA - Neue Mozart Ausgabe Digital Edition
Free PDF scores scanned from the NMA edition of the works of Mozart.

Search engine for locating scores and other music files online.

ChoralWiki - Choral Public Domain Library

Lyrics and Song Search

ASCAP Song Database
Aria Database


California Sheet Music Collection
Historic American Sheet Music (Duke University)
Internet Archives
Library of Congress Special Collections in Music
UC Santa Barbara Performing Arts Collection
Aaron Copland Collection
Leonard Bernstein Collection
William Grant Still Collection

Archives and Indexes

American Memory Project (Library of Congress)
Archive of Recorded Sound (Stanford University)
Bach Bibliography
CPANDA (Cultural Policy And The Arts: National Data Archive)
Beethoven Biography Database
Institute for Music Research
Charles Ives Society
Darius Milhaud Collection (Mills College)
A list of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in the United States, produced by the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, Library of Congress, with links to each resource.

Harry Partch Archive
Schubert Institute Research Centre
Kurt Weill Foundation

Music Treasures Consortium
The Music Treasures Consortium provides online access to the world's most valued music manuscripts and print materials, held at the most renowned music archives, in order to further research and scholarship.

Music Ref
At present the bibliography includes more than 7,300 bibliographies and reference sources, approximately 1,880 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons. Many entries also list published reviews for the corresponding sources. The bibliography is growing actively with new sources and critiques added on a regular basis.