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Catalogs & Databases

Ruppel Library catalog – basic search 
Ruppel Library catalog – advanced search 
Chicago Public Library catalog – basic search 
Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology


ArticleFirst –OCLC index of articles from the contents pages of journals
ECO - An OCLC collection of scholarly journals (see list of titles)
ERIC - Journal articles and reports in education
WorldCat - OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide
WorldCatDissertations - A database of all dissertations and theses available in WorldCat


RILM  - comprehensive guide to publications on music from all over the world
Academic Search Complete - scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals
eBook Collection 
ERIC - Journal articles and reports in education 
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - over 25,000 encyclopedic entries
Newspaper Source - cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers
Professional Development Collection - specialized collection of nearly 520 education journals, including 350 peer-reviewed titles

MPD - Music Periodicals Database (formerly IIMP, International Index to Music Periodicals)

NAfME publications

General Music Today 
Music Educators Journal
Journal of Music Teacher Education 
Journal of Research in Music Education
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education

Oxford Music Online

Grove Music Online - Full-text of the entire 29-volume encyclopedia; includes Grove Opera and Jazz, and partial records to Grove Dictionary of American Music and to Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (hard copies are also available in the Ruppel Library).
Oxford Companion to Music
Oxford Dictionary of Music

VCM Articles & Dissertations (full text, searchable through library catalog - must be logged in to VCM email)
VCM Masters Project Online Collection (PDF's from 1993 - present)

VCM Concert & Recital Programs (PDF's from 1948 - present)
VCM Course Syllabi (PDF's from 2000 - present)

Streaming Audio

Naxos Music Library (classical) - NOTE: use this NAXOS link for remote access
Naxos Music Library (jazz) - NOTE: use this NAXOS jazz link for remote access
WFMT Exploring Music (classical) - see librarian for login credentials

Scores and E-Scores

Chopin Early Editions
Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions
IMSLP / Petrucci Music Library - free public domain sheet music 

Streaming Video

American History in Video -
Art and Architecture in Video - http://artv.alexanderstreet.
Classical Music in Video - http://clmv.alexanderstreet.
Dance in Video - http://daiv.alexanderstreet.
Education in Video - http://ediv.alexanderstreet.
Opera in Video - http://opiv.alexanderstreet.

Services / Research GuidesAbout the Library



Online Collections (click here for more information about each)

H.A. VanderCook the Teacher - by Gilbert Edwin Wilson

H.E. Nutt Teaching Worksheets - searchable scans of H.E. Nutt's popular worksheets

VanderCook College Commencement Collection - historic photos and programs

The VanGuard - VanderCook College of Music Newsletter, 1960 - Present


Archival Collections / About the Archives










VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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