Music Research Guide
The MLC Library has a variety of resources to help you find the music information you need.  From our music-specific databases to music hsitory books to our hymn prelude index, we can help you find what you need.  Use this guide to get started, and ask a librarian for help finding even more items.
All Items by Source

Music Resources (Included in Discovery searches)

Naxos Music Library Restricted Resource
Extensive library of music information and recordings.
note: Please remember to log out when you are finished with a session, as we have a limited number of people who can use this resource at the same time.
Oxford Music Online Restricted Resource
Includes the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; The New Grove Dictionary of Opera; and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Access is also available to the full text of The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.

Music Resources (Search separately -- not included in Discovery)

Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology Restricted Resource
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.
note: Not included in Discovery searches.  Search or browse site directly.
Hymn Prelude Index
This collection is an index to the organ and instrumental music holdings of the MLC Library. Users can search by hymn tune, composer, or Christian Worship or Christian Worship Supplement hymn number. We continue to include new hymn tunes and titles as they are added to the MLC Library music collection.

General Databases

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.


American Organist
Official journal of the American Guild of Organists.  Most issues 1979 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Bach Journal
1995 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Annual publication of Bach research.  1904 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Choir & Organ Restricted Resource
Articles, review articles, and commentary about organs, choirs, and organists.  Available digitally 1993 to 2008.  2000 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Choral Journal
1996 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Cross Accent
Journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.  1999 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
1949 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
1985 to present available in print at the MLC Library.
Music Educators Journal Restricted Resource
Scholarly and practical articles on music education.  Available digitally 1990-present.  Older issues available in print at the MLC Library.
Oxford Reference Restricted Resource
Ebooks and articles on a variety of reference subjects.
note: MLC does not have access to the entire Oxford Reference collection.  Click "Show books in my subscription" on the left side menu to see the items we hold.


Ebooks Minnesota
Collection of ebooks, most on Minnesota topics or by Minnesota publishers.  Free for anyone in Minnesota to use.  No login necessary.  An unlimited number of people can use a book at the same time. 
Overdrive (TdS Collection)
Collection of popular ebooks and audiobooks.  Uses the same login information as your library account.  If you haven't yet set a password for your library account, do this before checking out items in Overdrive.

Journals/Magazines available in full text through Discovery

Finding items in the library
Browse items in the library:
  • M:  Music (General)
    • ML:  Literature on Music
    • MT:  Instruction and Study
  • Music Library (near library desk):
    • Organ and Piano Music
    • Music Study Scores
    • Audio CDs
    • LP Records
    • Hymn Prelude Index (Printed Copy)
Search the library catalog:  Examples
Quick Links
  • MLC Library Website: Information about the library and its resources.
  • MLC Help Site:  Help with passwords, Moodle, and more.
  • DiscoveryOne-stop source for digital library resources. 
  • MLC Catalog: Books in the MLC Library.
  • TdS CatalogArea public libraries--request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 3-5 days.  
  • MNLINK: Minnesota libraries--Request items for pickup at MLC, usually in 5-10 days.
  • ILL (interlibrary loan): Items that you can't find in MLC, TdS, or MNLINK, usually arrive in 1-3 weeks.

By Subject

By Topic

By Course

Library Staff
Library Phone Number:  507-233-9131

Jan NassJan Nass
Databases, Magazines and Journals, Reserves, Website


Liz WesselLiz Wessel
Curriculum Library, Makerspace, Checkouts, Fines and Bills, Lost Items


Grace BasesGrace Bases
Catalog Records, Call Numbers, Interlibrary Loan


Linda KramerLinda Kramer
Library Director, Selecting Materials, Research Help, Reference, Children's Literature